A Revolution in anarchist Printing
Have you ever noticed how many anarchist ideas remain on the
internet? Have you noticed that the few anarchist publications
around get more contributions than production help, and that so many
ideas never make it into any of them? Have you also ever noticed
that many people won't take the time to search for anarchist ideas
even though they may agree with them? We think we have some ideas to
get anarchist ideas off the internet, have unlimited printing and
distribution possibilities, and to put anarchist ideas into the hands
of curious and/or misinformed people.
This isn't a new idea, it is based on Schnews in the UK and fax
spammers of the 90's. The idea is to use people's existing printers
and copy machines for a radically decentralized printing and
distribution network. This idea will also compliment existing
anarchist papers, pamphlets, zines and flyers.
The idea is to make a copy of your print work in the adobe PDF file
type. Many anarchist ideas can be laid out and put into a PDF file
which will make those ideas printable and therefore accessible to
those not looking for anarchist ideas on the internet or visiting the
rad bookstore. The best part is that the printing is free from any
State or workplace printer.
The story of pirate press oly cascadia:
Once upon a time we visited the anarchy archives on the internet. We
thought to ourselves that it was cool that the anarchy archives
existed to weigh old knowledge with the new, but thought it was
limited in distribution. We wondered how we could get these ideas
out in our community. We pirated the program adobe PageMaker within
a half hour. We spent some time figuring PageMaker out and formatted
our first pamphlet. Then we realized we needed abobe acrobat to make
PDF files, and pirated that too. (you can download that program right
off their website! adobe Acrobat is different than Reader) We made
our first PDF files.
Then we went to the public library and printed hundreds of copies for
FREE. Since then we've discovered most collage campuses also have
free printing. But our experience has been that the boss's printer is
the most rewarding. We felt that we weren't limited by money for
once, or lack of content, but by not having enough time to do all of
this ourselves. We realized anyone could make and print a PDF file
and make it accessible to anyone who can read.
First we started putting our zines and pamphlets in places like rad
book stores, coffeehouses, bars, etc. Then we realized we were not
getting out enough from the "activist scene." Then we started
dropping our print materials in places like corporate supermarkets,
banks, corporate book stores, the DMV, and any other place we thought
has never seen an anarchist idea. Basically we put them wherever we
went and more. We would only drop a few copies in each place thinking
some manager would just throw them all away. But it was often the
workers getting their hands on them, and asking us to bring more for
their friends when they would see us.
We also realized any ideas we wanted to publish were open game. We
don't care if you are selling your ideas (although that does reflect
badly on your ideas), but we will pirate the shit out of you if we
think your ideas are worth our time and effort. We are 100% against
any restriction to the expression of ideas. And we have learned a lot
since we took this attitude.
We can't say that we haven't run into difficulties. PDF files tend
to make pictures a lot darker than normal, and there are font
problems as well (must use very basic fonts or use pictures). PDF
files are far from perfect and hopefully someone will develop a
better program in the future. But it is the best file format we know
of for instant printing (email us with any better suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org).
We ask you to join this printing revolution by making a copy of your
print materials in PDF form for accessible and decentralized
printing. We can share these ideas without having to pay hundreds of
dollars in printing costs. You can check out some of the stuff we
have done recently at http://olymedia.mahost.org. We recently
formatted "Making Anarchist Revolution Possible" by Arthur J Miller
and "The Death of Neil Roberts" by anarchists in New Zealand. What,
you've never heard of Neil Roberts? Well neither did we until we
embarked on this project.
So we are not asking for your goddamned money or really anything else
of you. We are only trying to expose people to another way of
spreading ideas into the hands of people who have no idea what
With love, pirate press Oly cascadia