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Days of War, Nights of Love: Crimethink For Beginners Paperback – January 1, 2002
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"It's an exciting book, and a great labor of love, skill, and daring." -- Daniel Quinn, Author of Ishmael
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CrimethInc. is an international "workers' collective" of men and women who are not willing to be mere "workers" anymore. Are you?
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I used to think the way I thought was for naught... I was shown that I am not alone. <3
I am no longer close to the person that introduced this book to me...
But, that individual will always hold a special place in my heart for having led me to something so important.
At a base level, "Crimethink" is half-heartedly organized alphabetically, literally "A is for Anarchy", "T is for Technology". It uses these primitive topical cues to aggregate painfully earnest essays that repeatedly cry for freedom. Freedom is the central myth of the collective, and they're slavish to it, to the point where it obliterates their individual personalities.
I had a very hard time distinguishing the voice of one writer from another, not just because they chant the same mantra. Whoever edited the thing did a fantastic job imposing a bland "Newsweek" tone over all the text (which was scrupulously copy-edited, almost suspiciously so). The only time the authors show particular zeal is when they pretend to be a multinational business and gleefully hammer you with standard misguided corporate ideology.
All the imagery is unpleasant, violent, and fails to be funny in that way that only agitprop humor can fall flat. The graphics are stock woodcut/Lichtenstein/comic detournement images, and they rarely break free from that mold. Ironically, unless you watch TV, you won't get some of the parodies.
Really the only bright spot in the entire text is the brief chapter on folk science. The rare, hyper-earnest "personal" revelations, all rendered in the same handwriting font, are also amusing. It would have been fun to read more soul-searching by trash-picking teens.
The Crimethink Collective should reread their Bob Black, Hakim Bey, Semiotext(e) and Subgenius to see where where they're missing the mark. Even listening to the Dead Kennedys would help.