CrimethInc. is a decentralized anarchist collective which emerged in mid-1990s North America from its beginnings as the hardcore punk/anarchist zine Inside Front. The collective's core function, according to journalist Matthew Power, is the creation and publication of propaganda, and theirs is widely read in the anarchist movement.
Among their best-known publications are the books Days of War, Nights of Love, Evasion, Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook and the pamphlet Fighting For Our Lives (of which, to date, they claim to have printed 600,000 copies), Inside Front and a decade of album releases by North American anarcho-punk artists. Several websites are maintained by individual cells of the collective, including Crimethinc.com, a clearing house for CrimethInc. activities operated by the Far East Cell which hosts excerpts from previously published works as well as a blog.
CrimethInc. is connected to publishing collectives/organizations with similar ideas, notably the Curious George Brigade which has produced a number of works, including Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs. In 2005, they began publishing a half-gloss journal, Rolling Thunder, with the byline "An Anarchist Journal of Dangerous Living", which released its fifth issue in 2008. CrimethInc. texts have received wide coverage in the anarchist media and in academic publications, and have been used as reading materials for university courses on anarchism.
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CrimethInc. has published three collectively authored books that collect and expand upon the individual essays produced by the group in a particular period; authors are generally uncredited or credited pseudonymously.
- Days of War, Nights of Love – Crimethink For Beginners (2001)
- Recipes for Disaster – An Anarchist Cookbook (2004)
- Expect Resistance – A crimethink field manual (2007)
- Work – An economic and ethical analysis of capitalism (2011)
The CrimethInc. Letters series of books are not intended as direct propaganda, but rather as letters to the reader detailing the story of the experiences of the authors.
- Stone Hotel – Poems From Prison (2003) by Raegan Butcher
- Off the Map – A tale of Wanderers. (2003) by "Kika Kat" and "Hibickina Chickena"
- Evasion (2003) by "Mack Evasion"
- Rusty String Quartet (2005) by Raegan Butcher
- Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs (2003) by fellow-travellers Curious George Brigade
- Secret World of Duvbo: A Magical Story About A Perfectly Ordinary World (2004) by CrimethInc. Editions Unadulterated
- The Secret World of Terijian (2007) by CrimethInc. North Star
- Fire & Lightning (2005) by "IvoryBell"/Christopher Hatteras OCLC 68962845
- In Search of the World: A Traveller's Almanac by "IvoryBell"
Zines / papers
In March 2001, two documentaries from Eugene, Oregon's Pickaxe Productions were published by a CrimethInc. cell: Pickaxe, an eyewitness account of environmental activism in the Pacific Northwest and Breaking the Spell, which documented anarchist activism at the Battle of Seattle in 1999.
At the end of 2005 (a year after the release of Recipes for Disaster), CrimethInc. announced the first volume in a Guerrilla Film Series, a DVD including three feature-length documentaries and a collection of short films. A few of CrimethInc.'s "thinktank" experiments had been documented on film by the "folk-scientists" themselves, and copies of these lived in relative obscurity until included in the series. CrimethInc. Guerilla Film Series, Volume One included Pickaxe, Breaking the Spell, The Miami Model, two subMedia shorts and three Thinktank documentaries.
CrimethInc. is associated with the North American anarcho-punk scene because of its long relationship with notable musicians in the genre and its publishing of Inside Front, a "journal of hardcore punk and anarchist action". CrimethInc. releases include LPs, CDs, and 7"s from North American and European anarcho-punk, hardcore and anti-folk bands. Academic Stacy Thompson has situated CrimethInc. as "exemplary of a more contemporary and nuanced approach" to the possible forms anarcho-punk could take to resist commodification through aesthetic expression. However, Thompson does not consider the aesthetic choices of the collective to be substantially different from the anarcho- and crust punk bands released by fellow anarcho-punk collective Profane Existence in the mid-to-late 90s.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". Crimethinc.com. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- Thompson, Stacy (2004). Punk Productions: Unfinished Business. Albany: SUNY Press. p. 109. ISBN 0-7914-6187-4.
- Power, Matthew (March 2008). "Mississippi Drift" (PDF). Harper's Magazine: 54–63. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- Brandt, Jed. Crimethinc: In Love With Love Itself Archived 2009-02-11 at WebCite. Clamor. Retrieved 2008-01-14
- pfm (2008-05-28). "Fourth FFOL Printing Hits the Streets". CrimethInc. Far East Blog. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
- References to CrimethInc. texts include:
- Clark, Dylan (2004). "The Raw and the Rotten: Punk Cuisine". Ethnology. 43.
- Doy, Gen (2004). Picturing the Self. London: I. B. Tauris. ISBN 1-85043-413-1.
- Clark, Dylan, "The Raw and the Rotten: Punk Cuisine", Ethnology, Vol. 43, 2004
- Edwards, Ferne; Mercer, David (November 2007). "Gleaning from Gluttony: an Australian youth subculture confronts the ethics of waste". Australian Geographer. Routledge. 38 (3): 279–296. doi:10.1080/00049180701639174.
- Nicholas, Lucy (Spring 2007). "Approaches to Gender, Power and Authority in Contemporary Anarcho-punk: Poststructuralist Anarchism?" (PDF). eSharp (9). ISSN 1742-4542. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
- Dunne, Stephen; Eleni Karamali; Stevphen Shukaitis (2005). "Inscribing Organized Resistance". ephemera. 5 (4): 562–567. ISSN 1473-2866.
- Conger, Chloe (2002-04-29). "Student leads course on anarchy". The Stanford Daily. Archived from the original on 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2008-07-24.