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Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

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Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs is a book written by the Curious George Brigade, an anarchist collective in the CrimethInc. network. About their project the collective says "By dinosaurs, we mean Capitalism, The State, Hierarchy, and the countless other guises worn by Authority. What shall come after the dinosaurs! Championing decentralization, chaos, mutual aid and butter ...more
Book, 150 pages
Published 2003 by Crimethinc./Yellow Jack Distrow
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anarcho-enthusiasts looking for LULZ, unfortunate crimethinc-ers
Whew, this is bad. It's funny because this, like Ishmael, was one of the very first books that ever got me into radical politics & anarchism (anarchism, culturally speaking, being something that I'm not entirely comfortable with for myriad reasons that I wont necessarily get into here), & yet I find this book to be deeply embarrassing. My story with this book goes as such: a passing friend at the time, a kind of strangely liberal normal guy with vague leanings towards joining the militar ...more
Dea G.
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it
An anthology on "folk anarchy", this book manages to be both charming and intellectually evocative. Anonymous authors from across the world take on topics as diverse as factions within anarchy, 3rd world slums as inspirations for anarchic cities, attracting people of other cultures to anarchy, joy and duty as motivational forces and the reclamation of traveler punks (as messengers and networkers). The overarching theme of the book is the danger of the mass (the dinosaur metaphor is used here)- t ...more
Ryan Mishap
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anarchy
Here we have a wonderful little book, and I know you’re saying, “Jeez, not another anarchist book delineating a new flavor of the month anarchy while offering yet more critiques!” Sure, I grow weary of boring books, ever more staid papers, but this book is different. Try a blurb I’ll make up right now: “Refreshing, smart, serious, humorous, and spirited—all are words that can describe this book as the Brigade gets down to the dirty living anarchy-as-a-way-of-life and tackles the politics and eff ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
I find it funny how i bought this book at some book fair i went to with my class when i was in the 9th grade when i was barely interested in politics not to mention anarchy. The word sounded hip so i was like hey maybe it's interestintg. Read it, liked it, forgot about it. And years later now that i'm interested in politics and consider myself a leftist i randomly found it in my house again and decided to re-read it. Suprisingly i i didn't like it the second time. The writing is repetitive and b ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books on anarchism, extolling the virtues of not an dry, dead academic theory but a vibrant "folk anarchy" arising from the mutual aid evident in daily life since before the days of nation-states. Fun, funny, practical at times and definitely thought-provoking, if you can get a copy of the book, it's worth your time.

Seized and destroyed by the FBI in 2009-- so you know it's good!
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great little book on practical wisdom for anarchists. Absolutely loved it.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leftist-politics
Of course, being a collection of essays from various members of a collective, this book is a bit of a mixed bag, but it makes some really important points in articulate ways. Its overall theme, if there is one, is to critique our love of "mass" in our movements, whether rightist or leftist. It is a fair warning that such a love, even in socialist movements, leads to hierarchy, the loss of distinctiveness, placing of loyalty to the organization above the cause, and the bad sort of compromise (com ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book at a convention a few years ago after meeting one of the publishers during her talk on an unrelated subject. I liked the press and some of their ideas and bought a half dozen or so books from them. I started this at the time and have had the hardest time working my way through it. I have a number of friends in anarchist circles, and have a bit of an academic fascination with various more fringe political movements, particularly as they relate to identity and rethinking soci ...more
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
this is the first and only crimethinc book i've read. it's a good compilation of essays about various topics. i don't see what all the hullaballo about crimethinc is. i have friends who hate crimethinc (i think most happen to be syndicalists so go figure). and friends who like crimethinc. i didn't have a problem with this book. maybe i should read more of their stuff.
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
nice cover art-- the "SFPD paid terrorist" stencil which can be found on the back cover of this book is from a sidewalk in the north mission (approx 14th and guerrero) that passes in front of what may still be the bearded lady truckstop- the street art is the high point of this book
Я совершенно иначе думала об анархии и анархистах до прочтения этой книги. Но, кажется, основные принципы народной анархии мне близки. DIY, децентрализация, автономность, взаимовыручка... Теории прекрасны, но вопросы их практического воплощения в книжке аккуратно обходятся.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs by the curious george brigade (2003)
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: anarchism
more of the same from crimethink...everything big is evil. do your own thang. all the old "isms" are useless. at times funny but mostly just frustrating.
Jun 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to learn more about anarchy
Shelves: anarchy
This book was published by one of the many groups using the CrimethINC moniker. It made some interesting points, but I honestly don't remember anything specific about it.
justin stepney
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this started off ok to me then got better and better and better. the ways they presented their ideas are just great and feel new & fresh and you wish u had more to read.
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“We don't need unity in theory, we need solidarity in practice.” 6 likes
“We reject the blame game and accusations so common in efficient groups. With each person accepting full responsibility for their actions, no on can have any more of the blame than anyone else. Let's all be accountable to ourselves, so we can grow and learn from our mistakes and be buoyed by our successes.” 2 likes
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