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A very popular error: having the courage of one’s convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one’s convictions!!!
—Friedrich Nietzsche, Gesammelte Werke
To all those who inhabit the small, nearly imperceptible moments. For it is their collectivized refusals, transgressions, everyday resistances, inquiries, creative expressions, and desires that will create a new world, one in which many worlds fit.
Every piece of writing is a collective endeavor, and Guerrillas of Desire is certainly no exception. Conor Cash along with Craig Hughes and Stevie “Peace” Larson of the Team Colors Collective have been constant intellectual companions. Among the four of us, notions such as the refusal of work, contours of class struggle, methods of survival, and the role of everyday resistance have been debated feverishly. I have turned to Benjamin Holtzman periodically over the years to regain composure and focus, and he has always been considerate while setting me right, as have Andrew Cornell and Chris Dixon, new social movement historians who not only provided comradely challenges to my ideas but also suggested ways of improving upon them. Thomas Buechele, quoted in the introduction, provided me with the Stanley Aronowitz line from which I acquired the book’s title. Charles Overbeck (of Eberhardt Press), Joseph Keady, Bryan Winston, scott crow, Alexander Reid Ross, Shane Burley, Brian Howard, Aaron Mallory, Vince Collura, Geoff Boyce, Sarah Launius, Alexandra Bradbury, Eric Laursen, Jack Bratich, and Spencer Sunshine provided feedback and recommended sources.
Additional recognition must go to Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis, as their mentorship and scholarship mark nearly every page of the text that follows. As well, Bruce Braun, Cesare Casarino, Vinay Gidwani, and George Henderson at the University of Minnesota, David N. Pellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mark Blasius (who served as my official advisor for an earlier version of the text) and Forrest Colburn at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Conrad Herold of Hofstra University, served as guides and midwives to my intellectual development.
In April 2008, having just arrived in Portland, Oregon, I had a chance meeting with a fellow who was already known for clear writing and stoic positions, Kristian Williams. Nearly every week thereafter, Kristian and I have met to review our writing, read Orwell, rediscover the history of anarchism, and attempt to grapple with the current challenges facing revolutionary movements in the United States. Both in our friendship and in his official capacity with the Institute of Anarchist Studies, which has copublished this book with AK Press, Kristian has suffered as my editor of record. My tendency to be wordy or overemphasize secondary topics would have caused anyone difficulty, but he also had to coach me as I learned to write again after three years of academic writing in graduate school.
For the past twenty years, the Institute for Anarchist Studies has supported anarchist and radical scholarship across the planet. And the faith that Paul Messersmith-Glavin, Lara Messersmith-Glavin, Harjit Singh Gill, Sarah Coffey, and other board members had in me has been remarkable. Throughout the writing and publishing process Charles Weigl, Zach Blue, and the entire AK Press collective acted as publishers and understanding colleagues.
In February 2017, friends and colleagues met to discuss and critique the book during a dinner party. Individuals involved included Brandon Feld, Emily Tsing, Luis Brennan, Amelia Cates, Craig Florence (of Mother Foucault’s Bookshop), Kira Smith, and others already mentioned. Furthermore, organizers in Portland, Oregon, with the Portland Solidarity Network, the Black Rose Federation, Industrial Workers of the World, Anarchist Black Cross, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, and neighboring initiatives, were kind enough to share their thoughts with me shortly thereafter. In this regard, I want to thank Ayme Ueda, Casey Enns, Grace Covill-Grennan, Gibson Thorn, and Stephen Quirke for their comradeship.
Additionally, those with whom I have organized have afforded me the opportunity to field-test these ideas on making a revolution possible. Over the years, comrades in the Modern Times Collective, Long Island Freespace, Portland Solidarity Network, and other organizations have taught me in innumerable ways. I hope this book is some small way repays the cost of their lessons.
Before I knew that I was a revolutionary, a writer, or a scholar, Robert Lepley saw my potential as an organizer. It was only under his tutelage that any latent abilities emerged.
Thus far I have had the opportunity to live among friends in suburban Long Island, rural Vermont, Brooklyn, Tucson, Portland, and Minneapolis. Without the support of loved ones in these places I have called home—especially Abbey Friedman, Elizabeth Young, Stephen Colón, Phil Rutkowski, Sarah Hughes, and my family, but including many, many others—I would never would have overcome my illnesses and confronted the demons that drove me to produce Guerrillas of Desire.