Tuesday, 19 August 2014

New Books

We have had a couple of boxes of new books and tee-shirts arrive from AK Press, including:

'Against Equality' critiques the current struggle for inclusion and equality in conservative systems and institutions for all queer people. Instead on inclusion, the Against Equality Collective challenges people to struggle for alternatives to the current system - for radical transformation of society.

The Collective hope to 'reinvigorate the queer political imagination with fantastic possibility!'

We also have a couple of copies of an anthology of Peter Kropotkin's writings: 'Direct Struggle Against Capital'.

Edited by Iain McKay, the book is fully annotated and features an historical introduction, biographical sketch, glossary, bibliography and index.

"The enemy on whom we declare war is capital, and it is against capital that we will direct all our efforts, taking care not to become distracted from our goal by the phony campaigns and arguments of the political parties. The great struggle that we are preparing for is essentially economic, and so it is on the economic terrain that we should focus our activities." —Peter Kropotkin

  Another anthology we have is an Errico Malatesta Reader: 'The Method of Freedom'. The book includes not only some of Malatesta's longer essays, such as "Anarchy" and "Our Program" but also some of his previously untranslated articles.

The book is produced as a stand-alone companion to AK Press' planned ten-volume publication of Malatesta's Complete Works.

Banned during the fascist period in Chile—and still banned in the USA (Disney will sue anyone who publishes it), 'How to Read Donald Duck' is described by the authors as a decolonisation manual'. It is an analysis of the Disney comics and the conservative and reactionary values espoused in the comics.

Ever since 1935, when the League of Nations recognised Mickey Mouse as an International Symbol of Good Will”, Disney has been an outspoken political figure,and one who has always been able to count upon government help.” -Page 20

Originally published in 1918, Sen Katayama's 'The Labor Movement in Japan' documents Japan's dynamic labor struggles and radical political movements in the early 20th century. This updated edition features two additional writings by the author and a new introductory essay that further illuminates the experiences and activities of Japanese working people in action, as well as the lives of other radical actors who helped shape this movement into one of the twentieth century's most fascinating moments of class conflict and revolutionary confrontation.