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I edited the article a bit today, in hopes of bringing us one step closer to removing the "Written like an advertisement" tag. I added a sentence of information and fixed a couple spelling and grammar errors. Also, it appears that changed around their URL structure, and they were serving up a custom 404 page that made it so that it didn't register as a broken link! I fixed that, but all the original cited information is now on one page, so you may want to look at it again. Regards,

--SuperEditor (talk) 19:05, 25 November 2010 (UTC)


this book should not be titled under anarchist books,principles, or ideas. its just another zine made into a book by the well known publishing company crimethinc. it does not openly advocate any kind of revolution or ideologies. just one of the many numerous amounts of teenage kids, at that time, who felt it correct to write a zine about their traveling experiance.

"Poverty, unemployment, homelessness - if you're not having fun, you're not doing it right!" There is no greater revolutionary anarchist principle than that. The silly Lumpenproletariat just need to change their point of view and the world will be a better place. @NrKiii!!!11

There is also speculation (which I find pretty valid) that this kid is Peter Young, who was arrested and convicted for several ALF raids on mink farms, so if you think it's just some teenager with no revolutionary principles, think again. The Ungovernable Force 04:21, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

Unless you find a source that states, suggests, or otherwise alludes to the idea that they are the same person, you cannot include it into the article. (talk) 20:48, 3 January 2013 (UTC)


I agree with the first poster. I see no reason why this should be titled under anarchism. The author is selfish and mercenary in his allegiances. He would, it seems, advocate any ideology, or refrain therefrom, as long as it suited his ends. Parasitism, whether by the state, or bosses, or in this case a self-styled hobo, is still parasitism. If you think the abject selfishness, refusal to work, and parasitism are anarchist principles, then you are the one lacking understanding.

Refusal to work under what context? Crimethinc (at least at times) advocates work refusal as a way to gain the time to pursue more revolutionary acts (see the "Unemployment" section in Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook) and to decrease you're de facto support for capitalism. How is that unanarchistic? I agree that if you drop-out purely for selfish desires and don't do anything to better the world, then you aren't much of an anarchist, but that's not what it's supposed to be about. Now, we can debate the actions and motivations of the protagonist in this particular book, because I think they are pretty complex--there are clearly selfish and selfless elements in his refusal to work, and I'm not trying to praise him too much (I personally preferred the women in Off the Map to the guy in Evasion, who seemed like a bit of a jerk to me). Regardless, the book is published by an anarchist group, is stocked in anarchist bookstores and is common reading in modern anarchist circles (at least in Amerikkka), so the link to anarchism is undeniable IMO. Case in point: two weeks ago at Food Not Bombs we had an informal discussion of the book and Peter Young, the alleged author, and everyone seemed to have read it. At the same time, I haven't heard of too many non-anarchists reading it or anything else by crimethinc, so I think it's safe to make a connection. The Ungovernable Force 07:23, 11 July 2006 (UTC)

--- My point is that there is nothing in this book that makes it anarchist. If I got a thousand anarchists to read Mein Kampf, would that make it an anarchist? A million? What if AnarchInc published it? Then? But if what's popular with anarchists makes something anarchist, then yea, I guess I'll have to accept that anarchy has become little more than selfish hedonism wrapped in something resembling, but not quite, political theory.

If Mein Kampf was read exclusively by anarchists, and if many of them really liked it, then yes, I'd say it was an anarchist book. It would probably mean that the ideals of anarchism had changed drastically, but still. That's part of what is important about this--that anarchists are the only ones who read Evasion as far as I know. I haven't met any non-anarchists who have even heard of it. The Ungovernable Force 06:56, 20 July 2006 (UTC)
There you have it kids. @NrKiii!!!11 It is whatever you want it to be!
Ok. Next time I want to become the facist dictator of the American empire, I'll just say I'm an anarchist and I'll be right because according to you anarchism is whatever you want it to be! Tool.

It should be mentioned that...[edit]

There is an interview with the author online here. There was also an interview with him in the October 2001 issue of Book magazine. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Brian951378246 (talkcontribs) 19:29, 2 February 2007 (UTC).

Forgot to sign my above post =] Brian951378246 19:30, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

The fact that anyone would put peters name in here is embarassing to say the least. Don't do the polices work for them. It's not peter, but even if it was you don't talk about this kind of thing on the internet.


Phrases like "amazing and inspiring" need to be removed and a source found for this section. - Zepheus <ゼィフィアス> 16:50, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

This is actually the description of Evasion put out by CrimethInc; I believe it was in either the introduction of the afterword of the book itself. I'll note this in the article. 07:44, 30 June 2007 (UTC)
Than it's copyrighted material and shouldn't be put on wikipedia because it's non-neutral; that's like posting an author's review of his own book.


This section is confusing. It really needs to be fixed and, because it is so poorly written, I can't do it myself because I don't understand what was trying to be said to begin with.

"Evasion indirectly catalogues the excesses of society by displaying, through the narrator's actions, how one can successfully (and to abundance) not only live, but excel off of the discarded remains and surplus of others"

All right. The phrase, "but excel off the discarded etc." is poor writing but at least comprehensible. It is this next part where it really gets bad. ".... Moreover, this is in addition to the narrator aptly procuring resources from within businesses, such as shoplifting CDs from stores (thereby not thoroughly relying on surplus.) In essence, the work is an implict testament to the waste of modern civilization. However, it is important to note the degree of racial, sexual, and class privilege that play into the author's experience." Say what? I'll fix a few things (such as the "Moreover, this is in addition..." thing), but I can't fix the rest. 00:20, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

I've given it a further working over.  Skomorokh  01:15, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Is shoplifting even considered taking "the discarded remains"? (talk) 20:38, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Evasion cover.jpg[edit]

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No part of the book, including the cover, is copyrighted. It is perfectly Okay to use the image. Gingermint (talk) 00:14, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

Peter Young[edit]

I had heard that there is evidence that Peter Daniel Young wrote the zine while on the run. (Lenerd (talk) 22:45, 30 October 2008 (UTC))

Everybody has heard tell of this. Someone earlier posted an, ahem, opinion piece on this talk page that went a little something like this:

1. You say that the Evasion kid had no revolutionary ideology.

2. I have heard compelling evidence that the Evasion kid is Peter Young.

3. Peter young is known to engage in revolutionary activities.


4. The Evasion kid was a revolutionary with strong Anarchistic ideology.

The problem with this logic is that Evasion Mac never wrote about engaging in such activities, nor has Peter Young written about being Mac Evasion (despite having written much more incriminating things about himself). I think the claim is dubious at best.--Anondoesnotforget (talk) 21:17, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Stuff n' Thangs[edit]

I re-wrote the entire article from scratch, save for the opening paragraph. I also took the liberty of removing the advert tag. The only thing is, I'm not sure the block quote is in the best position. I want that quote in there somewhere, but we may have to change the position or formatting. Also, about that Peter Young stuff, I have some citable evidence that Evasion Mack and Peter Young are the same person, but someone in the know has told me it would not be the best idea to tell the world that, so I am not posting it at this time. —Preceding unsigned comment added by SuperEditor (talkcontribs) 17:58, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Great work. I moved the quote into the themes section where I thought it fit more naturally. The political views of the book and the author are closely intertwined. (talk) 20:46, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

As an update, the page containing the Evasion book cover says it was uploaded by "Anonymous/"Mack Evasion"/Peter Daniel Young" with a link to Young's page. What does that mean? Sam metal (talk) 20:52, 17 April 2012 (UTC)

It means that whomever uploaded the most recent version of the file noticed that on the inside flap of the book it says it's released into the public domain (even though it's actually under a copyleft license) and believes it's possible that the author is Peter Young. --SlimJimJones (talk) 05:32, 5 October 2012 (UTC)

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