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Climate change, economic crisis, unrest from Egypt to Brazil: the prevailing order is unsustainable in every way. Today even entrenched representatives of the status quo admit that it is necessary to change everything. But the best they can come up with is to appeal to the same authorities that are responsible for our problems in the first place.
What would it mean to change everything? How can we set out on a different path?
To Change Everything is a full-color 48-page booklet. In fresh, accessible language, it explores the virtues of self-determination, illuminates why authoritarian power structures cannot resolve the crises they produce, and discusses how to weave our personal revolts together into a collective struggle for liberation.
We want to print 100,000 copies and circulate it for free, so as to reach the generations radicalized by the global movements and catastrophes of the past few years. We’ve worked with Submedia.tv to produce an accompanying video; we’re coordinating with publishing collectives around the world so it will appear simultaneously on at least three continents in a dozen or more languages. The video and text will be available in all these languages on a fully responsive website. The stakes are high today and this project is correspondingly ambitious.
For twenty years, our collective has produced acclaimed literature. In 2002, we published the primer Fighting for Our Lives, distributing it free of charge. Over the following decade, we reprinted it repeatedly until a total of 650,000 copies were in circulation. We accomplished all this with the scanty profits drawn from our book publishing, supplemented by donations. Many people credit FFOL as their first introduction to anarchist ideas.
We’ve drawn on everything we’ve learned since then, updating the contents and format for the new era. We’ve already spent months collectively authoring the text, refining the design, and strategizing about distribution. We just need your help covering the printing costs to make sure this project reaches everyone who needs it. If we meet our fundraising goal, we’ll get this printed and into eager hands by the end of 2014.
Many rewards have options for you to select (size, color, etc.). This will occur via an email survey sent to you at the conclusion of the Kickstarter.
Personalized PDF – Your personalized PDF will be a hi-res copy. It will include an extra page noting it has been custom-made for a project backer, personalized with any name or inscription you desire. The PDF will be emailed to you before To Change Everything becomes generally available. Included with all reward levels.
Physical Copy of Booklet – One copy of the final printed booklet To Change Everything. Included in all reward levels $10 and over.
Deluxe Die Cut Vinyl Sticker – A high-quality, die-cut vinyl sticker with four-color printing and large 4.25 inch size. Included in all reward levels $10 and over.
Deluxe 2 Foot by 3 Foot Poster – Your choice of one of our three deluxe posters, which can be seen in full detail here, printed on durable, high-quality, recycled, matte-coated paper, and mailed rolled up in a poly bag secured inside a poster tube to keep them in pristine condition. Included in reward levels $25, $500, and $1,000.
Exclusive Backer T-Shirt – The true gem of our rewards! Our first ever t-shirt offering, printed on the softest, most comfortable shirts available today—the American Apparel Tri-Blend Track shirt, made in the USA. The shirt features our iconic image of barbed wire transforming into birds in flight, first seen in Harbinger 5 and later in Expect Resistance, on tap in two variations: white on Tri-Black and black on Tri-Coffee. The black shirt is printed with discharge ink creating a unique effect on the tri-blend material, while the coffee shirt is printed with special soft-hand black ink. Both shirts feature custom printing on the inside collar, noting their special edition status and your status as a project backer, as well as some very thorough care instructions—and no itchy tag! Available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL. Included in reward levels $50, $150, $300, $500, and $1,000.
Rolling Thunder Four Issue Subscription – A four-issue subscription to our journal Rolling Thunder (or a four issue extension for current subscribers). You can start with current issue #11, or the next issue, #12. Click here for full subscription details. Included in reward levels $100 and higher.
Limited Edition 2 Foot by 3 Foot Poster Print – A special edition run of our forthcoming To Change Everything poster, hand-numbered and limited to just 50 copies. Printed on durable, high-quality, recycled, matte-coated paper, and mailed rolled up in a poly bag secured inside a poster tube to keep it in pristine condition. Included in reward levels $300, $500, $1000 and $2,000.
Ne Plus Ultra Edition of Days of War, Nights of Love – A Not-For-Sale Version of the Ne Plus Ultra Edition of our first book. Only 50 of these were made, and all but 10 were distributed to collective members. This is the rarest of the rare. This version comes with special end-papers whose content has never been made public, printed on a letter press with metallic silver ink on black paper. This hardcover edition has a full-color offset cover, matte laminated with a spot UV Gloss coat for titling, and Smythe sewn signatures casebound in .08" boards with a sewn-in black ribbon bookmark. Included in reward levels $500 and higher.
CrimethInc. Rarities Package – We had to crawl deep into our under-the-stairs storage vault to collect all these pieces together. An amazing collection, and genuinely rare, with some items dating back nearly twenty years, this package includes excellent condition, uncirculated original copies of: Harbinger #1, Harbinger #3, Harbinger #4, Harbinger #5, Hunter/Gatherer, an uncut version of The Secret World of Duvbo/Umlaüt booklet; three vintage vinyl stickers; the letter pressed release bookmarks for Recipes for Disaster (of 500), Work (of 999), and Expect Resistance (of 500); two versions of the Orwell postcard, and a confusion postcard. Shipped with extreme care to ensure excellent condition is maintained. Included in $1,000 reward level.
The Speaking Tour – For a pledge of $2000 or more, we can send a delegation to present To Change Everything in person at one or more speaking events in the city or region of your choosing. This will help us carry out our mission of taking this project directly to the public, as well as raising funds to expand its scope. We’ll bring a wide range of free literature, a passionate enthusiasm for discussion, and a wealth of experience in social movements and struggles. To bring us outside of the US, backer must cover additional travel expenses over $400, but the upside is that we would be able to organize a full-scale speaking tour of your country or the country of your choosing, as CrimethInc. operatives have recently carried out in central Europe and the Balkans. What’s in it for you, the donor, you ask? In short, we’re charming company, and sometimes uprisings break out in our wake.
$16,000 Stretch Goal
With $16,000, in addition to covering printing costs, we will also be able to pay the postage to send 2000 copies of To Change Everything to prisoner support groups around the US. Prisoners in the United States have extremely limited access to print materials; this is the least we can do, and with your help, we can do it.
If we reach that goal, we will also print 50,000 QR code stickers to be given away with all TCE orders, including 5 stickers for each backer who contributes $10 or more. Appearing in public places, these stickers will usher people to the website hosting the text and video versions of To Change Everything: they’ll function as a sort of political graffiti for the digital age.
$18,000 Stretch Goal
One of the most important aspects of this project is its international character: it is a collaboration involving groups from all around the world. At this point, we can confirm that To Change Everything will appear in at least 14 languages. You can see the initial German announcement here, for example.
If we reach $18,000, we will be able to subsidize the Argentine, Brazilian, Romanian, and Slovenian versions of To Change Everything with $400 apiece that will go directly to offset their printing costs. This would be tremendously exciting for us, as our comrades there have less access to resources than is common in the English-speaking world. A little printing money will go a long way for them.
Here’s the exact breakdown of how we will distribute the $2000 from the $16k to $18k stretch goal: $400 each to the four groups, $180 to kickstarter and payment fees, and $220 to backer rewards.
$20,000 Stretch Goal
If we are able to reach $20,000, we will be able to produce 3000 black-and-white print copies of a 40-page Spanish version of To Change Everything to distribute freely.
$22,000 Stretch Goal
With an extra $2000, we can instead produce 10,000 full-color print copies of the Spanish version of To Change Everything—with the same production quality of the English print version—to distribute freely.
Final Stretch Goal: Total Liberation
Any funds we raise over $22,000 will go directly into producing and distributing our print version of To Change Everything: sending copies to prisoner support groups and others that cannot afford postage, making posters and other materials to promote it, reprinting it when we run out of copies. All the participants in this project are working for free, so you can be sure you will get the best return on your donation with us.
But publishing and distributing this project—however freely and ambitiously—is a means, not an end. The important thing, the prize on which our eyes are always set, is the end of the systems of oppression that currently hold sway all around the globe. Writing, theory, even dialogue itself—these can only be as powerful as the context of action in which they occur. With this project, we pledge ourselves once more to do whatever it takes to give others reason to take these ideas seriously—to make it possible to envision and enact another way of living. Thank you for joining us in this undertaking. May we meet on the barricades of the next upheaval.
Risks and challenges
Thanks to our decades of experience, this project does not face the risks and challenges that menace others of its kind. We’ve prepared thoroughly to print *To Change Everything* and most of the rewards are already in our hands. We have final production quotes for every aspect of the project; the artwork and files are all finished. We have our own order fulfillment facilities and are already capable of the entire fulfillment process. At worst, this fully-funded project could potentially face small production delays do to production issues at the manufacturer—though none are expected, as they regularly produce material of this type without incident. In this extremely unlikely worst-case scenario, delays might push the delivery of some rewards into December at the latest.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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