What's new with LBC - November 2018

11/14/2018
by Admin Admin

Little Black Cart - November Update!

Other than the smoke this is a great time of year. California doesn't really have four full seasons but part of the year we choose to wear hoodies and part of the year we

need to wear them. Welcome Fall!

New Title

The Totality is Incomplete - by Alex Gorrion

Alex Gorrion will be familiar to anyone who has paid attention to The Anvil, which was (and still is, in a lingering fashion) primarily a journal of anarchist reviews of non-anarchist culture. Alex has done some of the most fun, exciting, interesting, and personal writing on that site, like a more accessible frere dupont. Alex is one of my favorite anarchist writers, and I wish for more writing by them, but until then, here are Alex's favorites from that site, collected for your reading pleasure, far away from the glowing screen. These articles include thoughtful and critical responses to Tiqqun texts; popular music icons like Jewel and Kanye (yes, I did just put them in the same sentence); thoughts on brilliant anarchists like Novatore and Isabelle Eberhardt (anarchist in spirit, if not in name), and so much more.

For more information - A Full and Fighting Heart: Writings by Paul Z Simons


Sad News! We will not be in Seattle

One of our favorite bookfairs has decided to not let us table this year. #sad

Here is their only communication with us about it (they haven't responded to requests for more information)

Dear LBC:
After significant discussion, the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair 2018 collective has decided that we are not open to LBC tabling at this year’s bookfair. This decision was made in light of serious, long-standing concerns raised by many individuals about a multitude of behaviors, patterns, and decisions by members of LBC that have caused substantial harm to anarchist comrades across a wide range of locations.
We thus are unable to allow LBC to table at the 2018 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair.
Thank you for your understanding.

LBC SABF Contest 2018

In light of having nowhere to go this weekend we'd like to curate a contest! Alongside our friends at Anokchan and Anarchy Planet IRC we'd like to make some memes about Behaviors, Patterns, and Decisions (see letter to LBC in last section). Use the hash tag #SABF. The winner will win a $50 gift certificate to Little Black Cart.

  1. Make a meme (make sure to tag it with SABF)
  2. Post it to http://anokchan.org (use anon/anon or create an account) or another imageboard or platform if you so desire
  3. Email us with URL!
  4. Go to https://irc.anarchyplanet.org/ to brag about your cleverness
  5. Go to this page to see the competition

BTW here is an example meme. It isn't funny (we prefer funny!) but demonstrates the idea.


The Year of Clearing 2019

A lot of things are changing in anarchyland. Ex-anarchists rose over $65,000 to start a communist magazine at the same time anarchist projects keep shrinking and disappearing. What gives?

In 2019 LBC is going to host a moderated discussion, with a new theme every month, on http://sorbet.littleblackcart.com. We intend to use this discussion to build a guide for contemporary anarchists and we intend to participate in it. We will discuss topics such as identity politics, what is the future of North American Anarchism, and of course antifa.

Become an Intern

In a program that we're really happy with, LBC hosts a new intern every three months. If you are interested in becoming a close friend with LBC and being exposed to the ideas and personalities around the project and our environs, if you've been wanting time and encouragement to work on, or start, that awesome anarchist project you've had in mind, feel free to reach out to us at our email address for more information. We are currently looking for interns for Q2 and Q3 in 2019!

Social Networking

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Stupid Facebook

Politics is the enemy of anarchy, and it knows it.

What's new with LBC - Summer 2018

10/24/2018
by Admin Admin

Welcome to the quarterly newsletter of Little Black Cart. We distribute anarchist anti-political books, pamphlets, and newspapers. This quarter we have a few new small books (including a classic reprint) and a large memorial collection from our friend and comrade Paul Z Simons.

We also are growing our selection of ephemera with a new T-Shirt, a new Black Seed, and some shifting plans about how we do what we do. We want to inflict anarchy upon the world and want to apply energy toward these aims, with you, and to ignore the dumb shit and the haters.

New Titles

A Full and Fighting Heart

Paul Simons was one of our favorite people. This memorial to Paul Z Simons begins with four remembrances, ours; a piece by his eldest daughter, Nina; one by his partner at the time of his death, Lili, and finally a political genealogy by Jason McQuinn, long-term partner and publisher with Paul, through CAL Press.

This selection of texts by Paul is nowhere near comprehensive. It includes all his major work after Black Eye including writing in Anarchy: A journal of desire armed, Modern Slavery, his writing as El Errante and his various essays critical and triumphant.

Most of the texts in this collection are also available at the URL https://theanarchistlibrary.org/category/author/paul-z-simons. We miss Paul now and always, authentic bridges are few and far, and his enthusiasm (with its obligatory opposite, deep sadness) and commitment to ideas and people and learning, are far too rare

For more information - A Full and Fighting Heart: Writings by Paul Z Simons


The Manifesto of the Happily Unemployed

A booklet by Guillaume Paoli (and a group of unnamed others), who also wrote Demotivational Training, and who has been thinking and writing about work for decades, in France, London, and Germany.

This manifesto has been around in German for years, and made a big splash among people, which got even bigger when it was falsely reported as being "a movement of 150,000 members." Paoli is charming, and charmingly modest, and this is, like Demotivational, a worthy addition to the books that challenge the primacy of work-to-survive/work-to-thrive, a challenge that only get sharper in these days of much conversation and experimentation with UBI.

For more information - The Manifesto of the Happily Unemployed


The Right to be Greedy

This book was originally written in 1974 by For Ourselves, a Bay Area post-situationist group at the time. From Bob Black's preface from the Loompanics edition...

Egoism in its narrowest sense is a tautology, not a tactic. Adolescents of all ages who triumphantly trumpet that "everyone is selfish," as if they'd made a factual discovery about the world, only show that they literally don't know what they're talking about. Practical egoism must be something more, it must tell the egoist something useful about himself and other selves which will make a difference in his life (and, as it happens, theirs). My want, needs, desires, whims – call them what you will – extend the ego, which is my-self purposively acting, out where the other selves await me. If I deal with them, as the economists say, "at arm's length," I can't get as close as I need to for so much of what I want. At any rate, no "spook," no ideology is going to get in my way. Do you have ideas, or do ideas have you?

For more information - The Right to be Greedy


Black Seed #6

One of the reasons we do what we do is to have the capacity to fund projects that we want to see happen and wouldn't be possible other wise. Black Seed is a Green Anarchist publication. This is the second issue under the new, second collective group. This issue we are attempting to argue more for the kind of anarchism we'd like to see and do less of the back-and-forth bickering that has been filling too much of anarchyland since the Internet.

Fuck the Internet even though it's the main way we find you (and you find us).

For more information - Black Seed #6 (single issue)

Black Seed #6 (bundle)


Recent LBC Titles & Distro Items

Stirner

From the translator's introduction:

I made this translation for those who rebel against all that is held sacred, against every society, every collectivity, every ideology, every abstraction that various authorities, institutions, or even other individuals try to impose on them as a "higher power," for those who know how to loot from a book like this, to take from it those conceptual tools and weapons that they can use in their own defiant, laughing, mocking self-creation, to rise up above and against the impositions of the mass. In other words I did this translation for those who know how to treat a book not as a sacred text to either be followed or hermeneutically dissected, but as an armory or a toolbox from which to take whatever will aid them in creating their lives, their enjoyments

This new version of Wolfi's translation includes an index and a gorgeous cover that refutes expectations.

The Unique and Its Property


  1. Corrosive Consciousness - A blistering attack against the ideology of Anarcho-Primitivism
  2. Relations Without End - Animism
  3. In Search of the Masterless Men of Newfoundland - Is escaping civilization possible?
  4. BASTARD Chronicles 2017 - Evil. Pro or Con?
  5. /Atassa #2 - The controversy continues. To what end?
  6. Brethren of the Coast - Pirates of Somalia
  7. Last Act of the Circus Animals - Sean Swain, Travis Washington, Anarchist Animal Farm
  8. Toward an Army of Ghosts
    - The second volume by Tom Nom@d on insurgent strategy
  9. Anarchist Speculations - The writings of John Moore

New LBC Shirt

Introducing the new LBC t-shirt. Enjoy!


More information? New LBC T-Shirt

The rest

Want to help?

Are you in the Bay Area and would you like to help make LBC projects happen? Drop us a line.

Are you a writer?

Send manuscript proposals to us at info@lbc

Become an Intern

In a program that we're really happy with, LBC hosts a new intern every three months. If you are interested in becoming a close friend with LBC and being exposed to the ideas and personalities around the project and our environs, if you've been wanting time and encouragement to work on or start that awesome anarchist project you've had in mind, feel free to reach out to us at our email address for more information. We are currently looking for interns for the whole of 2019!!!

Social Networking

Here is our dumb Twitter feed

Stupid Facebook

Politics is the enemy of anarchy, and it knows it.

What's new with LBC - Spring 2018

04/22/2018
by Admin Admin

A story can be told about anarchist classic books. They shouldn't be a thing and yet they are. They are the bread book or possibly Mutual Aid, The ABCs, and the outlier The Unique and Its Property (formerly called The Ego and his Own). While I think all of these classics should be read they haven't exactly stood the test of time. Mostly these are books about the past, about before the Spanish Civil War.

At times LBC may seem dismissive of the glorious past of anarchism. We don't exactly feel dismissive, though. We honor it as it part of a story we share with other dreamers and outcasts, but consider the historicization of anarchism to be a conscious political act enacted by people today, right now. This has frozen anarchism as something from and in a former time, not allowing it to live and breathe in a contemporary world. We'd like our project, the project of anarchy, to live, breathe, and die here and now! Our anarchy reflects modern concerns rather than being a way to evaluate modern life through the articulation of 19th century concerns.

Practically, this means our project is less historical than others. We have published plenty of historical material, but mostly it has been about lives we relate to, rather than learned, "history-making" sweeps like the ones that Avrich and Ackelsberg have done so well. For better and for worse, LBC is more about theory and philosophy.

Our book for this quarter reflects this bias. It is the new translation by Wolfi Landstreicher of Max Stirner's (aka JS) The Unique and its Property. Because this is a book of ideas, particularly ideas shared by some of our closest friends, we decided that we wanted to do a bit more than usual for its launch.

One: We outsourced the production of the book. As many of you may know we have an in-house printshop where we make most of our books, pamphlets, and whatnot. This gives us a great deal of control of the what, whens, and hows but limits us regarding paper types, cover stock, etc. It makes sense when our production runs are low (which they mostly are, running into a couple hundred only). To put it more bluntly, our books mostly feel hand-crafted because they are. For a title like The Unique this wasn't appropriate.

Two: During the rest of April and May we are doing a series of interviews with known egoists on the history of these ideas, how they have impacted the world, and the lives of the interviewees. They will be hosted at The Brilliant and we'll announce them as they are posted. The first one will be with Wolfi Landstreicher, in which we discuss learning German, the motivation for the translation, and many specific details about the making of this translation.

The Wolfi episode is now live

Three: earlier I mentioned The Unique in the context of anarchist classics. The Unique is an outlier to that list (or the even longer list one would usually make of anarchist classics) in that it isn't a dusty tome from the past. Especially with the new translation, it transverses its 19th century origin as a piece of philosophy that is as relevant (if not more) than it was in 1844. This is a classic that stands the test of time because the problems and questions it raises are bigger than the particulars of how people are oppressed in a particular time. It's more about how we have done most of the oppressing to ourselves. It is also notable that it is not explicitly an anarchist text but one in which anarchism is the result of what is being proposed, not the goal itself.

It presents us with the challenge of how to stop doing that to ourselves (and others). How does one make everything their own? I'm not sure there is one answer but there is a undercurrent of people trying, which can be found in strange places. The clearest example of how up-to-the-minute (and strange) The Unique has become are the dozens of Facebook meme groups that range from as silly as just-calling-everything-in-the-world-a-spook to deep and complex conversations about what racialism looks like today. It can be found in the petty-crime-that-is-illegalism-today and that has brought joy and a type of freedom to many thousands of people. It can be found in all the modern echoes of the same efforts that were taken in the 19th century, failed then, fail today, but that can easily be mistaken for human life... because they are.

As a last note-- The wikipedia article on the book isn't terrible.

New Titles

The Unique and Its Property

Johann Kaspar Schmidt (aka Max Stirner) wrote this trailblazing political text in 1845. It is a statement that the individual is the measure of all things and establishes the foundation that existentialism, egoism, and nihilism are built on. Every group, every collectivity, demands collaboration with a set of rules and expectation, with a morality. Stirner provokes us to acknowledge our own capacity, as well as the capacities of those around us.

Previously only available in English through a translation from 1907 (which tragically titled the book The Ego and his Own)--a translation that removed some of the biting humor and occasional crudities that make Stirner more fun to read--this translation by Wolfi Landstreicher corrects that, updates the language in general, and removes the confusion involved with using terms that have changed in meaning in the intervening years.

From the translators introduction:

I made this translation for those who rebel against all that is held sacred, against every society, every collectivity, every ideology, every abstraction that various authorities, institutions, or even other individuals try to impose on them as a "higher power," for those who know how to loot from a book like this, to take from it those conceptual tools and weapons that they can use in their own defiant, laughing, mocking self-creation, to rise up above and against the impositions of the mass. In other words I did this translation for those who know how to treat a book not as a sacred text to either be followed or hermeneutically dissected, but as an armory or a toolbox from which to take whatever will aid them in creating their lives, their enjoyments

This new version of Wolfi's translation includes an index (indices are good, we want more!) and a gorgeous cover that refutes many of the expected associations with this book.

For more information - The Unique and Its Property

Scoundrel History and Utopian Method

This pamphlet brings an article written by someone calling themselves "Le Libertaire," presumed to be Louise Michel, and recently translated by John Tresch.

An older anarchist who was famous among her friends for having played hookey to go meet Emma Goldman, and who was loath to acknowledge any heroes at all, as anarchists are not about idolizing others, did once acknowledge with chagrin that Louise Michel was in fact her hero. We're happy to offer this pamphlet of resistance from another time of repression and sadness.

I was moved by an emotion of shock and recognition at once. Some part of me had already realized that I was not in the presence of a great man, but rather a great woman--no wizened brother of the struggle, but a sister. Instantly I felt myself uncannily at home, safe at last in a place I'd never been--truly at home, perhaps, for the first time in my life. This hero, epitome of the courage and intelligence the world saw as masculine, was a woman like myself.

For more information - Scoundrel History and Utopian Method


Caught in the Net

This is an article from Return Fire #4, discussing from a multi-discipline perspective, the concerns about the already-overwhelming and still growing influence that electronics have in our lives.

For more information - Caught in the Net


Relations without End

Two pieces, an interview with Ben Morea, and Aragorn!'s article "Nihilist Animism."

There is a painful and enormous gap between being (or naming yourself) an animist and feeling the glory of the profane (and holy) things around you. It is filled with mono-culture religions, civilization, and technocracy. This trinity makes compelling claims that the holy holy is in fact achievable by ritual, law, and blinking lights. Monotheism makes these claims with the promise of personal salvation and the potential of private revelation. It an enormous leap to say that kneeling alone by the bank of a river and being cleansed by the sacred is pure, unadulterated animism. It may be a true moment (especially to someone enveloped in spectacle and lies) but it is not a complete one. At some point one packs up the REI equipment in their Subaru and drives back home. Sometime later one posts about it on their Tumblr. One is not complete in the moment, but instead is an observer of one's own life, a life that can feel like a series of real moments, with disconnections that feel like a problem that can be solved after retirement or whatever.

For more information - Relations Without End


Enemy Combatant

Our good friends at Enemy Combatant (EC) have been busy the past few months. Alongside their vigorous pamphlet publication has been the publication of two new DIY titles that are exciting and new!

Corrosive Consciousness

This piece is an attempt at collecting and refining ideas I have thought about and discussed, perhaps excessively, for the past few years on the podcasts Free Radical Radio and The Brilliant, presented here in a redigested and regurgitated form that I envision, tentatively, as my final statements on the subject matter. Critique, in my view, is always implicitly complimentary: its mere existence validates the importance of its target, regardless of how harsh it might be... Anarcho-Primitivism drew me to anarchism in a way that the Humanist Left-wing or Right-wing versions never could have, and so I've lavished it with a good deal of this praise. Barring a sea change in the discourse with the Anarcho-Primitivists, what follows is a sincerely fond farewell.

For those who have listened to him or read his words, Bellamy is an unusually articulate and sincere thinker. We welcome this pretty book from Enemy Combatants, which presents Bellamy's long-awaited long essay on some of the issues with the philosophical underpinnings of the most well known anarcho-primitivists in the u.s.

For more information - Corrosive Consciousness


Tsuji Jun: Japanese Dadaist, Anarchist, Philosopher, Monk

This is a collection of brief writings about Tsuji Jun, by Erana Jae Taylor. It includes a brief biography, background and context, and the relationship of his thinking to people like Nietzsche and Stirner.

The fertile interdisciplinary nature of Tsuji's interests is part of what makes him such a fascinating topic, and this breadth lends itself to any number of angles for study. Surely this is a contributing factor as to why so many Japanese have chosen to write about him, each wanting to tell Tsuji's story from their own angle. As a result we find titles ranging from Nihilist: the thought and life of Tsuji Jun; Love for Tsuji Jun ( a lover's memoir); Nomad Dadaist Tsuji Jun; Madman Tsuji Jun: Shakuhachi Flute, the sound of the universe, and the sea of Dada; and Tsuji Jun: Art and Pathology, among others.

For more information - Relations Without End


Recent LBC Titles & Distro Items

  1. In Search of the Masterless Men of Newfoundland - Is escaping civilization possible?
  2. BASTARD Chronicles 2017 - Evil. Pro or Con?
  3. /Atassa #2 - The controversy continues. To what end?
  4. Brethren of the Coast - Pirates of Somalia
  5. Last Act of the Circus Animals - Sean Swain, Travis Washington, Anarchist Animal Farm
  6. Toward an Army of Ghosts
    - The second volume by Tom Nom@d on insurgent strategy
  7. Anarchist Speculations - The writings of John Moore

The rest

Want to help?

Are you in the Bay Area and would you like to help make LBC projects happen? Drop us a line.

Are you a writer?

Send manuscript proposals to us at info@lbc

Social Networking

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Politics is the enemy of anarchy, and it knows it.

What's new with LBC - Winter 2018

01/11/2018
by Admin Admin

Welcome to the quarterly newsletter of Little Black Cart. We distribute anarchist anti-political books, pamphlets, and newspapers. This quarter we have a few new issues of ongoing journals and a new booklet by Ron Sakolsky and Seaweed. We are setting the stage for exciting new developments in 2018 and hope to clear our palates from the unsavory tastes of 2017. Begone! we say to the obsession with wrong headedness and headlines. Huzzah! we say to a focus on an anarchist life, projects, and friends.

Little Black Cart continues on with spirit and energy toward these aims, with you, and against dumb shit.

New Titles

In Search of the Masterless Men of Newfoundland

This title is comprised of two essays on the topic of the possibly mythical, definitely legendary, Society of the Masterless Men, a group of escapees from conscription, in the mid-1700s. This small book includes a new essay by Sakolsky, a modified reprint of a piece by Seaweed (originally published in his collection Land and Freedom), and an introduction by Sakolsky. This booklet could easily be seen as another chapter in the excellent and seminal book, Gone to Croatan.

For more information - In Search of the Masterless Men of Newfoundland


The BASTARD Chronicles 2017

The fourth in the chronicles of the adventures of anarchist theory in the bay area. The theme in 2017 was evil, for reasons that will probably only suffer for being explained, but certainly are associated with the forced simplification of complicated realities; the polarization of thinking and acting; a general tendency toward even more us-versus-them attitudes than normal (which is saying a lot), and purges, witch hunts, etc. Presenters had different takes on why evil, what evil, and how evil, from an embrace of what is reviled to a questioning of revilement in general, to exploring specific practices that deserve more attention and analysis.

For more information - BASTARD Chronicles 2017


Atassa #2

Not necessarily the most controversial thing LBC has ever published, but certainly the publication that has caused the most furor so far. This journal gives a platform to non-anarchist, ex-anarchist, and a-anarchist, eco-extremist thought, not limited to, but including, some people who defend killing people. While neither of the two issues of this journal include communiques from the folks who claim to have done such killings, there is some sympathy with, and also some not-necessarily-sympathetic analysis of, the phenomenon, which apparently is extremely dangerous. So, we have all been warned.

This issue does not include any direct responses to the brouhaha in certain circles about the first issue, but there is a lot of what could be considered indirect reaction, including most significantly the heart of this issue--an indepth look at christianity: how deeply it has been instilled even in groups that consider themselves atheist, and what some of its underbelly has included historically.

Some would argue that eco-extremism is one of the few lines of thinking that takes seriously the idea that we are all complicit in our slavery, that we all have choices to make every moment of every day about how and if to resist.

For more information - /Atassa #2


Recent LBC Titles & Distro Items

  1. Brethren of the Coast - Pirates of Somalia
  2. Last Act of the Circus Animals - Sean Swain, Travis Washington, Anarchist Animal Farm
  3. Toward an Army of Ghosts - The second volume by Tom Nom@d on insurgent strategy
  4. Single Copy of Black Seed - Contemporary Green Anarchist paper
  5. An Inquiry into the Causes and Nature of the Misery of People - By Jean-Pierre Voyer
  6. The Wandering of Humanity - By Jacques Camatte
  7. Anarchist Speculations - The writings of John Moore
  8. Atassa: Readings in eco-extremism

The rest

Become an Intern

In a program that we're really happy with, LBC hosts a new intern every three months. If you are interested in becoming a close friend with LBC and being exposed to the ideas and personalities around the project and our environs, if you've been wanting time and encouragement to work on or start that awesome anarchist project you've had in mind, feel free to reach out to us at our email address for more information.

We are currently looking for an intern for the Summer and Fall of 2018. !!!

LBC Years in Review 2017

Feel free to download the 2017 LBC Review for your amusement, edification, and to learn some of what we've been thinking during the past few years.

The LBC Catalog

Not that you'd ever deign to use it but the LBC Catalog is available as a PDF. We tend to only print these things for special events but we get it, we read in the bathroom too!

Most recent LBC Catalog

Want to help?

Are you in the Bay Area and would you like to help make LBC projects happen? Drop us a line.

(Never) Submit!

Send manuscript proposals to us at info@lbc

Social Networking

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Here is the feed for anarchist news

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Politics is the enemy of anarchy, and it knows it.

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