Catechism of the Revolutionist by Sergei Nechayev

Catechism of the Revolutionist by Sergei Nechayev

How to run a revolution hardcore style from the era of Bakunin et al. Nechayev takes no prisoners.

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'The revolutionary is a dedicated man. He has no interests of his own, no affairs, no feelings, no attachments, no belongings, not even a name. Everything in him is absorbed by a single exclusive interest, a single thought, a single passion - the revolution.' Nechayev gives us his thoughts on the preferred character traits of the successful revolutionary; however, sensitivity and open-mindedness were probably not among those which impressed him... this is an interesting read, although extreme and melodramatic, with which modern parallels can be drawn."

This is a "controversial" text but for all that an interesting one. This pamphlet is interesting if only because it was the first publication (1989) from both AK Press and Active Distribution. It was a co-publication between us and with the unlikely named Violette Nozieres.