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Still Going Strong? – Beautiful Trouble

Posted by Fredsvenn den oktober 17, 2012

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers.

Beautiful Trouble

The Cookie Bag (Yomago Fashion).

The Cookie Bag (Yomago Fashion)

By the early 19th century, shoplifting was believed to be primarily a female activity, and doctors began to redefine some shoplifting as what Swiss doctor André Matthey had then newly christened «klopemania» (kleptomania), from the Greek words «kleptein» (stealing) and «mania» (insanity). Kleptomania was primarily attributed to wealthy and middle-class women, and in 1896 was criticized by anarchist Emma Goldman as a way for the rich to excuse their own class from punishment, while continuing to punish the poor for the same acts.

In the 1960s, shoplifting began to be redefined again, this time as a political act. In his 1970 book Do It: Scenarios of the Revolution, American activist Jerry Rubin wrote «All money represents theft…shoplifting gets you high. Don’t buy. Steal,» and in The Anarchist Cookbook, published in 1971, American author William Powell offered tips for how to shoplift. In his 1971 book Steal This Book, American activist Abbie Hoffman offered tips on how to shoplift and argued that shoplifting is anti-corporate.

In her book The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, social historian Rachel Shteir described how shoplifting from companies you dislike is considered by some activist groups, such as some freegans, decentralized anarchist collective CrimethInc, the Spanish anarchist collective Yomango and the Canadian magazine Adbusters, to be a morally defensible act of corporate sabotage.

Before Yomango, shoplifting was a clandestine practice. Yomango’s actions, designs, and advertisements made the action visible, celebrating it as a way of life. Yomango worked both on a personal level by offering practical tools to liberate products from the multinationals, and on a collective level by creating an international community united by collective actions and workshops.

Common shoplifting techniques

Most Shoplifted Items: Organized Shoplifting Rises As Economy Stays Weak

Sticky fingers! Shoplifters plague supermarkets

Whatever happened to Yomango?

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Én kommentar to “Still Going Strong? – Beautiful Trouble”

  1. I think this page is just…beautiful. made me in a good mood. One thing, though…(mayby you didnt know…)…but I miss that you mensen the danish writer and photographer Jacob…(hmmmm…pleier ikke å gjøre det, men nå glemte jeg etternavnet hans i farta…!…)who travelled around a lot among and loved togetner with the poorest people in America…in his BEAUTIFUL book: «Amerikanske Bilder…»…(directly transelated to english: «American pictures…»)…he also writes and and ask in his book poor people to take the book away with them from the shop, without paying…am sure you must remember him…with a huuuuuuuuge bear…

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