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[Literary] Recent and Forthcoming Titles From AK Press

The Value of Radical Theory: An Anarchist Introduction to Marx’s Critique of Political Economy

The Value of Radical TheoryThe Value of Radical Theory achieves two main goals: It explains Marx’s economic theory, providing readers with a solid foundation in his critique of capitalism. Wayne Price’s political insights also offer a framework through which anarchists can understand and use Marx, while remaining anarchists.

The result is an insightful primer that sidesteps the typical anarchist vs. Marxist debates. Price presents Marx’s theory as an as-yet-unsurpassed explanation of contemporary capitalism, one that will aid in the task of overcoming the market and ushering in an era of collective, participatory control of the economy, inspired by anarchist political and ethical traditions.

Wayne Price is a long-time writer, theorist, and activist on the Left. He has been involved in a series of revolutionary libertarian-socialist organizations and has been active in dissident caucuses in teacher unions, human rights organizing, and the antiwar movement, from the Vietnam war to today. Price’s adherence to class-struggle anarchism has been complimented by a deep appreciation for Marx’s critique of capitalism. He is the author of The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives (2007) and Anarchism & Socialism: Reformism or Revolution? (2010).

Wayne Price (Author)

Stay Solid! A Radical Handbook for Youth

Stay Solid!

It ain’t easy being a kid these days. For the first time in generations, today’s teens have worse prospects ahead of them than their parents did, and the pressure to toe the line and be a success is heavier than ever…and so is the temptation to just give up. But there are things in the world worth fighting for!

This scrapbook-style collection of essays, excerpts, explanations, and images pushes back against a culture that relentlessly demands that kids give up their best ideals, abandon their hopes, forget their ethical objections to dominant life, soothe their rage, and accept their fates. From dealing with the cops to dealing with your peers, from school and community to drugs and sex, from race and class to money and mental health, Stay Solid! provides essential support for radically inclined teens who believe that it’s possible for all of us to hang on to our values and build a life we believe in.

Compiled and edited by radical urbanist and educator Matt Hern, with the assistance of the youth community at Vancouver’s Purple Thistle Centre, Stay Solid! is for kids everywhere, and for anyone who considers themselves an ally—parents, teachers, neighbors, friends, relatives, and beyond.

Contributors include Michelle Alexander, Michael Hardt, The Guerilla Girls, Dan Savage, Pete Jordan, Lisa Gray-Garcia, Shira Tarrant, Lee Naught, Mike Davis, Geoff Mann, Victoria Law, Dawn Paley, The Baltimore Algebra Project, CrimethInc, and many, many more.

Praise for Stay Solid!:

Stay Solid! is essential reading! A beacon of light for youth around the world. This unique collage of voices helps inform, inspire, and uplift the next generation.”— MK Asante, author of It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop and Buck

 “Get this book! Get it for your children, for your nephews and nieces, and for your friends. And get it for yourself, whether you are a kid or not. The radical wisdom contained inside transcends age and the ages.”—Astra Taylor, director of Examined Life

 “I wish this book had been written when I was in high school, and that I’d somehow gotten my hands on it. The world needs so much from us right now, but more than anything, it needs the recognition that we, each of us, all of us, have the power to change our surroundings for the better. Stay Solid is a celebration of the limitless possibilities in our everyday world.”—Dave Oswald Mitchell, co-editor of Beautiful Trouble: A toolbox for revolution

Matt Hern and the Purple Thistle Centre (editor)

Forthcoming Titles:

Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology

Direct Struggle Against Capital

The most extensive selection of Kropotkin’s writings published in English. Serving as an introduction to classic texts and a recasting of Kropotkin from saintly philosopher to dangerous revolutionary, it’s for both beginners and historians. Of the 70 pieces, 39 are newly translated and/or appearing for the first time in book form. Includes contextualizing introduction, biographical sketch, glossary, bibliography, and index.

Iain Mckay is a Scottish writer, activist, and public intellectual. He has edited the books An Anarchist FAQ(volumes 1 & 2) and Property Is Theft: A Pierre-Joseph Proudhon Anthology. He is a former editor of Black Flag magazine and frequent contributor to Freedom.

Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) was a Russian prince who became one of anarchism’s most famous thinkers. His classic works include The Conquest of BreadFields, Factories and WorkshopsMemoirs of a Revolutionist; and Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution.

Peter Kropotkin (Author); Iain McKay (Editor)

SCUM Manifesto

SCUM Manifesto

“Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.

On the shooting of Andy Warhol: I consider that a moral act. And I consider it immoral that I missed. I should have done target practice.”
Valerie Solanas

This is the definitive edition of probably the finest polemic in the world. It contains a new afterword detailing the life and death of Valerie Solanas.

Valerie Solanas gained underground notoriety when she shot, and nearly killed, Andy Warhol. Her classic Scum Manifesto went through several self-published and small-press editions before sinking into obscurity. Valerie Solanas gained posthumous international celebrity status with the release of the film I Shot Andy Warhol.

Wonderful advocation of the overthrow of the government, elimination of the money system, and the destruction of the male sex. A truly awesome polemic from the woman who shot Andy Warhol. An essential text. Includes a biography of the author by Freddie Baer.

Valerie Solanas (Author); Michelle Tea (Introduction)

Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency

Life During Wartime

Together, the writers sound a sobering warning: the American government is an iron fist in a velvet glove whose purpose remains preserving the status quo and enriching the rich.”— Publishers Weekly. Counterinsurgency has existed as the state’s implicit strategy for a generation, and increasingly this strategy is becoming explicit. In this chilling collection of sociological and political essays, fifteen writers examine the application of domestic counterinsurgency tactics within the United States, and seek to equip the left with a more nuanced understanding of state repression – and how to fight back.

Kristian Williams is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in AmericaAmerican Methods: Torture and the Logic of DominationConfrontations: Selected Journalism, and Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern DemocracyLara Messersmith-Glavin is the founder and managing editor of the non-fiction journal Alltopia, and on the board of directors for the Institute for Anarchist Studies. Will Munger was the main organizer of the Counter-Counterinsurgency Convergence in April 2011.

Kristian Williams (Author); Lara Messersmith-Glavin (Author); Will Munger (Author)