I just wanna take a second to acknowledge how much @crimethincdotcom means to me. I chose this photo because it is the cover of the book “off the map”. In 2008 I was homeless and ended up in Chicago at JPUSA, a Christian cult and communal living space. I met many good people whom I love dearly, and some the worst people I met in my life. I was 18, and finally understanding that my anger from being poor, to homeless wasn’t unjust. I read this book when I found it left in a table in a common room. It wasn’t political. Just a story of self and world discovery. I hit pause on reading “the kingdom of god is within you” by Tolstoy and read this in a day. I talked up Crimethinc only t be met with a lot of “no, Crimethinc is bad.” With no explanation. I know now that it’s because the “radicals” and “punx” I was kicking with were passive Christian anarchists. Don’t get me wrong, I was too, but this changed me. Today people ask me “who was your greatest inspiration” assuming I will say Kropotkin or Stirner or Marx. But no, it was Crimethinc. The “your politics are boring as fuck” has pushed me to more than I could have thought possible. Whether it be learning street med skills, working a kitchen at Occupy Denver, writing zones and flyers, putting myself out as a radical anarchist, and now onto the national anarchist response team “The Mutual Aid Brigade”. None of this would have been possible without Crimethinc.
Well.. maybe. But in probably a different way. So thank you Crimethinc, Ex Worker, and Hotwire. I owe y’all a lot. Catch me on the road this summer in a big black van full of tools for the revolution. 🏴
And remember, y’all. Even if our ideologies differ, if your ideology is preaching Action, and you spend all your time arguing, shit ain’t gettin’ done.