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How to get Provisional and New pages into TOC[edit]

Steal This Wiki is a open group project to create a for print survival and resistance guide in our darkening times for English speakers and Americans in particular. At this point we are trying to edit for quality and slim this book down, as painful as it is seeing my work and that of others especially from early in the project cut away we have been doing generally good work of late removing old, redundant, and legacy content. We are not seeking massive dumps of new content especially from other works and the project has always been conservative on starting new pages until very recently. There are two times in the history of this project that STW has imported text whole to begin editing it, Squatting and Security Culture, this was allowed only because of the high quality of the content and that we obtained specific permission from the authors making the effectively STW editors, both were added only after discussion. We do not need or want dumps from any other work, they are only permitted in very special circumstances and in the past are mostly rejected and deleted as this is an original work now very loosely tied to the spirit and layout of Steal This Book. The majority of recent new page activity reflects more of a convergence of smaller pages than an addition of new content.

The intent of Steal This Book Today is not to promote the strategy or tactics of any particular radical movement but instead to help those who society has left behind survive and fight back especially as we see our freedom quickly wane. Most of this book is based on survival and resistance tactics but there are limited pages reserved for entertainment although this is not the main focus. The drugs and cheap thrills are included as harm reduction because history teaches us that many will reach for psychoactive escape when things get really rough.

While we are not locking creation of new pages, this is how you should get them passed and added to the TOC.

  1. Make a title here and describe the content
  2. Create a page and begin editing or import your work from your word processor
  3. Remember that this is an original work, you can include short cited quotes but do not drop blocks of cut and pasted content onto any page without permission, we are more liberal about cited clips from wikipedia. If you see a great idea in a book or on the net just summarize it in your own words, this way we avoid later problems with attribution or worse claims against future publishers and distributors of plagiarism and copyright infringement.
  4. Petition in the talk page for your page to be added to the TOC in the Provisional section
  5. It will probably take months maybe longer for a page to be moved to the main TOC, even a great page may not fit and sadly may even eventually be deleted because it does not fit into the project.

Ploney 11:08, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

Green1 suggested a move to urban living, but it's quite a complicated process more than just moving in with freinds and sharing the rent, it's not confined to urban or rural settings either.

Actually... do we even NEED it? Read my comment on it's talk page. I am thinking provisional.

You can delete it actually as i didn't realise all the content had been moved to ripoffs... but don't delete it there as there are still many machines where you simply put any coin that fits the same coin shape hole, small sweet machines where you twist the coin and you get a handful of sweets for example. In some supermarket car parks you have to put a pound in the trolley and when you put it back you get the last persons pound that was put in, i made £5 once just finding trolleys around the carpark and connecting them up, if you had the right shaped foreign coin you could make £50.

Merge any content into urban livingPloney 12:07, 27 January 2011 (UTC) actually, ploney, I am thinking more Free Play. The UE scene usually does not squat their finds.--Green1 21:21, 27 January 2011 (UTC) Then again, UE is training wheels fro Infiltrating... But the article still needs to fleshed out a bit. Let me do a bit of research.--Green1 21:30, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Combining Asphalt Mosaics, Wall Painting and Billboard Liberation to form master article.

Fight has newspapers and all that... but does not talk about the most important - websites.

We could really use a well written article on setting up websites in Fight. We already cover underground papers and such. What revolutionary front worth it's salt does not have at least an obscure online presence?

Think we need this comedy to mix it up a bit in the future book

Free Space still hangs by the hair of loose delete button. See the talk page to see what needs to be done to keep it. While space is a bit off topic for STW and more the realm of The Planetary Society,, and, there still are conspiracies which may shape up our grandkids will be concerned with.

I just liked the comedy aspect, like when Hoffman said he was going to levitate the pentagon to end the war.

Old crimethinc content[edit]

Put into your own words, summarize, delete any content you've seen elsewhere on the wiki and generally wikify it.

Name change as advised in talk of sex article. Let me work on it so it's not an eye saw to anyone hitting the random page button and you don't have to include it in the future book if you don't think it goes.

Wasn't a swinger agenda. I don't know anyone in the UK using the techniques we promote on this website not practising free love, thought a guide would be helpful.

I know. It pains me too. I am in NOLA where you got swingers, gays, militant feminists, straights, and all sorts. Hell, I personally know folks into polyamary and BDSM and know where their parties are. Works for them, I guess. But, given this particular project's historical stance on being neutral towards relationship issues other than the basic Security Culture and Safe Sex, my hands are tied. It has come up in the project's past, too. We had an old abortion article in Free Medical written really hardcore feminist that talked about "using uteruses as rifles" (LOL!!). When I helped re-write that, I toned it down, added more favorable things about adoption, and had to be very careful when I included Child Support facts to not make it Men's Rights so as not to get folks too bent out of shape. Protest folks tend to have vastly different agendas when it comes to things like that. We have to be very unbiased. Would love to write on subjects like that from a no-bull neutral standpoint... but not here because STW is not a relationship work.--Green1 11:32, 15 February 2011 (UTC)

The author had set up a festival as it was in his guide but it was written in a first person basis so i took it out. Will work on it.

Yeah, that article was pretty awful. We do have some old agreements (I think) with crimethinc. But, if you ever get there, check their recent changes and hit random button. Not much oversight over there. Their front page looks good, and they do have anchor articles, but much of their stuff is just so poorly written, full of SWIM, and poorly written. This article is one of those. Plus, why only festivals? The same skill applies to any large convention, gathering, concert, or bash. Everything from Rainbow to SCA to Hempfest.

Talked about in Security Culture, but still feel it needs its own page to explain how to set one up and the ins and outs. Will work on it.

Take out crimethinc template.

Take out crimethinc template

Articles that need your help[edit]

  • Food Programs - Food not bombs needs expanding to show how to set up.
  • Hunting - new and needs expanding
  • Fishing - new and needs expanding
  • Cooking Basics - new and needs expanding
  • Liberate - All Free City entries need a General Guide section written on the neighborhoods and sections of the city.
  • Fight - Starting to look pretty good. But, as always, STW strives for accuracy. If you find anything that is utter bull shit, does not work, or a mistake, feel free to correct us!


Future Table of Contents[edit]

1.Security Culture 
 2.Free Food 
 3.Free Clothing 
 4.Free Shelter 
 5.Free Transportation 
 6.Free Education 
 7.Free Medical Care 
 *Mental Illness 
 8.Free Communication 
 9.Free Play 
 10.Free Money 
 11.Free Dope 
 12.Assorted Freebies 
 13.Get a Job 
 14. Free Electrical Power   
1.Leadership 2.Problem Solving 3.Tell it all, Brothers and Sisters 
 5.Community Centers 
 7.Caching 8.Infiltrating 
 10.Peoples Chemistry 
 11.Hip Pocket Law 
 12.Steal Now Pay Never 
 13.Piece Now 
 15The Underground 
  • 1.Free North America
  • 2.Free South America
  • 3.Free Europe
  • 4.Free Africa
  • 5.Free Asia
  • 6.Free Oceana
  • 7.Free International
  • Wiki Related Content

Half-written pages[edit]


Free This City Template

Free Saudi Arabia[edit]

Saudi Arabia overthrew British control by a promise to practice Islamic law therefore gaining support with Muslims, the dictatorship in control today is nowhere close to an archetypical example of Islam and is to the far right of interpretations of Islamic law often at times completely at odds, first of which because a monarchy is antithetical to Islamic scripture.


Many Muslims have attempted to fight against Saudi Arabia since its establishment, for instance several attempts to overthrow the government from within, but Saudi security forces have countered them each time with the help of France and American involvement due to their requirement of a stable state to protect oil trade agreements in a country with such a rich supply.

It appears any attempt made today to violently get rid of such a hostile regime would be called terrorism by america and certanly provoke another capitalist insurgency. So raise media attention and start peaceful demonstrations.

Free Mexico[edit]


The indigenous peoples of Southern Mexico rebelled in 1994, partially in response to the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), reclaiming their lands in what is called "a war against oblivion".

They formed the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) based in Chiapas. Their most visible voice, although not their leader, is Subcomandante Marcos (currently a.k.a. Delegate Zero in relation to the "Other Campaign").

Some consider the Zapatista movement the first "post-modern" revolution: an armed yet non-violent (despite an uprising in the early 1990s), revolutionary group that incorporates modern technologies like satellite telephones and the internet as a way to obtain domestic and foreign support. They consider themselves part of the wider anti-globalization, anti-neoliberalism movement.

Laws in the Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities are not passed by "leaders", as such, but by "Good Government Councils" and by the will of the people (representatives in these councils are truly representative of their communities, rather than professional politicians). This is very similar to the delegate structure that many anarchists engage in with spokescouncils, or with unions. In many communities, general assemblies gather during the week to decide on various things facing the community. The assemblies are open to all, with no formal hierarchy. The decisions made by the communities are passed to elected delegates whose only job is to give the decided upon information to a council of delegates. Like anarcho-syndicalist organizations, the delegates are recallable, and are also rotated. This way, massive numbers of people are able to decide things with no formal hierarchy, and without people speaking for them.

The assemblies and councils serve not as traditional governing bodies but as instruments of the people to provide medicine, education, food, and other essentials. The "laws" passed by the Good Government Councils are not enforced with policemen and prisons, but in a way that respects "criminals" as members of the community. For example, it was decided to ban alcohol and drugs,[16] due to their nefarious influence on Indians in the past (though alcohol/drug prohibition is considered in conflict with anarchist principles). Violation of this law is surprisingly rare; those who do may be required, for example, to help build something their community needs. Some anarchists believe this to be a decentralized, non-authoritarian style similar to what they advocate, having always loathed prisons, police power, and capital punishment.

Like anarchists, Zapatistas also believe in forming freely associated collectives to carry out various jobs and tasks. Zapatistas collectively work land, and plant and grow crops. The Zapatistas do not claim to be anarchists, but through their actions and words, have shown some similarities to self-proclaimed anarchists and have become a cause célebre of the global left and the "anti-globalization movement". However, the Zapatistas, along with libertarian Marxism and traditional Zapatismo (which is almost identical to anarchism), have also been heavily influenced by the writings and actions of Ricardo Flores Magón, or "Magonism", who was an anarcho-communist during the Mexican Revolution.

Free Bogotá, Colombia[edit]

General Guide[edit]

Every year thousands of Colombians die violently in this struggle, but Bogotá is the eye of the storm: a space of relative calm in which the conflict takes more subtle forms. Latin America has megapolises like nothing in North America—Brazil’s Sao Paulo is twice the size of New York, and Mexico City is the biggest in the world—and Bogotá is as sprawling and heavily populated as any city in the United States. The north is known for its wealthier districts, while in other areas some neighborhoods still retain their “popular”—that is to say, class conscious and defiant—character [1]. The government has moved paramilitaries from their rural territories into some of these neighborhoods in recent years, ostensibly in an effort to demobilize them but certainly with an eye to destabilizing centers of urban resistance as well; locals describe the atmosphere of fear created by gangs of shaven-headed belligerents drinking on the streets all day. The paramilitaries were withdrawn from one neighborhood after a bombing directed at them, showing that perhaps there is a proper time and place for every tactic.

Like other Latin American metropolises, Bogotá excels all its North American counterparts in graffiti. Everywhere you walk—and people do a lot of walking—you can see exhortations from various communist and anarchist groups painted in three-foot-high letters.

The city only cleans the walls on rare occasions, and vigilante interference is limited to covering up the name of President Uribe wherever it appears in a negative light; this seems to have increased recently, perhaps due to the relocation of paramilitaries to the city. Other than this, the paramilitary presence in Bogotá is largely invisible on the walls, perhaps because the right wing controls the officially sanctioned media; in Ecuador, where leftist Correa just came to power, the walls of Quito bear more swastikas than circle-As.

Walking through Bogotá’s lovely downtown district early in our stay, passing the Justice building occupied by the M-19 urban guerrillas in 1985, we came upon a packed concert in the main square calling for an exchange of guerrilla prisoners for soldiers held hostage in the countryside. The city government of Bogotá has recently swung to the left, perhaps following the trend sweeping Latin America for which Venezuela’s Chavez would like to take credit. For city officials to permit such an event is doubtless a slight to the right wing national government, which has vowed never to parley with the guerrillas. This intra-government tension has resulted in the public investigation of some officials involved in paramilitary groups—as of this writing, six congressmen from Uribe’s political party are in jail because of their links with paramilitaries—but doesn’t seem to have changed anything in the daily lives of Colombians.

Free Education[edit]

Colombian Universities[edit]

Universities in Latin America, especially public ones, differ dramatically from their counterparts in the US in that they are taken for granted as hotbeds of dissent and social struggle. The campuses of Colombia’s largest university, like the walls of all adjacent neighborhoods, are adorned with spray paint urging people to “DEFEND THE UNIVERSITY!” and threatening “THE UNIVERSITY IS FROM THE STREET AND IN THE STREET WE WILL DEFEND IT,” a claim that would be doubly false anywhere north of Mexico. This talk of “defense” addresses the government’s immediate efforts to privatize the university system, but also extends to a more general notion of the university as a safe space for dissent: parodying her own feisty radicalism, one filmmaker explained that she documented anticapitalist protests “because wee are stoodents in a pooblique ooniversitee!” in the same tone in which an anarcho-punk from Minneapolis might joke “because we are THE ENEMIES OF CIVILIZATION!”

Indeed, the university is widely known to serve as a recruiting ground for radical groups of all stripes, both public and clandestine. As in Chile and Greece, police officers are not permitted on campus; in the militant demonstrations that erupt once or twice a semester, police gather outside the gates, firing tear gas into the university while students throw back papas bombas—projectiles made with black powder and coins or rocks, which can disable armored water cannons if used correctly[3]—and build bonfires to neutralize the chemical irritants. An enormous mural of El Che, looking somewhat younger than usual, gazes upon the central student plaza; university officials have ordered it painted over a thousand times, but never succeeded in eradicating it. Passing through the university at dusk one evening, we beheld half a dozen masked figures in black dashing from wall to wall with stencils and spray paint, past other students who took this apparently regular occurrence nonchalantly in stride.

Both the FARC and the ELN maintain clandestine student groups in the universities, from which some of their membership is derived. The ELN student groups appear to be experimenting with more horizontal structures, though our sources doubt this extends to their rural cadres. It is rumored that the two guerrilla groups have clashed violently in the countryside recently, though the details of this remain obscure; in any case, those clashes haven’t extended to the university.


The guerrillas are not in a powerful position in Colombia right now; decades of conflict with the US-backed government have taken their toll, and in much of Colombia the zeitgeist seems to be that people are exhausted and disillusioned by the ongoing armed struggle. Their reliance upon kidnapping and narcotrafficking to raise funds have compromised them in many people’s eyes, and some say they have lost touch with the needs of common people in the course of their fight for resources and survival. To North American anarchist eyes, these are simply the inevitable results of a militaristic strategy predicated upon hierarchical organization. Despite all this, many who seek social change still see the guerrillas as the most “serious” opposition to the government, and those who wish to be “serious” themselves often end up collaborating—or at least sympathizing—with them.

Groups who organize against the government, corporations, and paramilitaries without working with the guerrillas are isolated from both sides. The government still regards them as terrorists, and can explain away repression by presenting them as a front group; the guerrillas still see them as enemies of The People, in traditional communist fashion. Villages in the countryside such as Cacarica have put up walls and declared themselves autonomous from all armed groups, government and paramilitary and guerrilla alike, but this stance is not easy to maintain.

Colombian Anarchists[edit]

All this makes the position of Colombian anarchists very difficult. Most who have been active for any length of time have had friends murdered by the police or forced to flee the country. As in other nations in the Americas, anarchists in Colombia are able to maintain a handful of social centers, a presence in punk rock and other countercultures, some social programs, and sporadic eruptions of protest and resistance; but all this comes at great cost, and it’s hard to maintain consistency. These activities can seem unimpressive next to kidnappings and bombings coordinated by clandestine groups, and more confrontational direct action is extremely dangerous because it is interpreted as guerrilla activity.

In this context, some—including some anarchists—see what they describe as “purist” anarchist approaches as dogmatic, isolationist, and insufficiently effective. In the US, the default setting for dissident thought is left liberalism, but in Colombia it’s Marxism, and the circle-A’s spraypainted around Bogotá with crossed hammers and sickles are just one example of anarchists trying to accommodate themselves to the dominant paradigm of resistance. In stark contrast to most parts of the world, in Colombia the anarchists who consider themselves flexible and willing to collaborate with authoritarian groups are often the ones most interested in militant confrontation, while some of the anarchists we met who limit themselves to strictly horizontal, autonomous activity believe the guerrillas have spoiled any possibility of progress through armed struggle. Throughout Colombia, there are many indigenous and civil society groups that are de facto antiauthoritarian, and the latter anarchists see these groups as their natural allies.

Relations between Colombian anarchists and anarchists in neighboring countries are sometimes strained on account of these internal tensions. For example, the anarchists in Venezuela who publish El Libertario explicitly oppose Chavez, the socialist President who has bolstered social programs with funds from environmentally destructive oil extraction, and suspect some Colombian anarchists of supporting Chavez. In fact, there are Colombian anarchists who feel it is better to organize under a Left regime than a Right one, who prioritize working with people in popular movements even if they are “Chavistas” or receive funding from Chavez over struggling against his government. We were also surprised to learn that Chavez and the FARC are seen as sharing similar ideological positions; all this, not to mention the difficulties of open political debate under repressive conditions, make it very complicated for anarchists in northern South America to resolve their differences.

Considering all they are up against, we were impressed with the range of activities anarchists and other anti-authoritarians have organized in Colombia. Early in our visit, our friends made a list of all the groups we should visit during our stay in Bogotá; we scarcely made it to a fourth of those, and that kept us quite busy for well over a week. Here are a few brief descriptions of what we did see.

Free Wales[edit]


Open door communities are tipi valley and Coed hills rural artspace in South Wales.


Never stops raining, you always remember your first dry dream.

Public Transit[edit]

You can get almost anywhere in North Wales if your young and you get friendly with a Yale college student who'll get a second pass printed for you or do a hand back as you get on the bus.

Unbarriered Wrexham train station can get you anywhere in the country.


Some Welsh nationalists take down English road signs and vandalise English holiday homes.

Free England[edit]


There are several anarchist squats in London that would (most likely) be happy to let you crash for a few days. See Free London.

In the countryside you're never too far from an empty barn, almost every field seems to have one.

There are also many small concrete "pill boxes" built in fields, often near roads. These are basically tiny concrete bunkers built in the second world war, in case of a german invasion. Many of them are still sitting around, especially in the north of the country, they act as great places to stay dry and warm for the night.

Open door communities[edit]


By law Restaurants, Pubs and Clubs are not allowed to refuse the request of tap-water.

Many Churches also have the Alpha scheme of providing free meals on occassion. Look around.

Pret-a-manger throw away sacks of food every day ... plenty of good stuff from cakes to salads and smoothys. Its always bagged in it's original packaging, so not as skanky as it sounds.

Every large store has a reduced bin somewhere in the stall. some of the best savings can be found in the huge supermarkets, like tesco and asda. (the english versions of walmart) The new self service check outs also make it incredibley easy to rob the place, if you happenned to be morally impartial towards a loarge chain of mega stores.

Morrison's is great for free food usually. Follow the store around until you get to their rear yard. They usually leave out large sacks of day old baked goods including bread and doughnuts. They'll either be in the large wheelie bins or, when these overflow, they'll just leave them loose in the yard.

In large supermarkets, if you have the balls for it, to claim food at a lower price, just damage the packaging of your desired product and take it over to the reduced section. Often supermarkets leave things on the reduced section and don't get around to pricing them, so customers have to ask to get a sticker put on it. Ask a shop assistant to put a reduced sticker on your chosen product.