Writer - Lee Blevins
1888. Berlin, Germany.
Jacob Leiber, a janitor who leafed through Bakunin’s God and the State at a bookstand once, sabotages the factory he works at by not soaking up the water he left mopping in front of the foreman’s office. Unfortunately, it is his coworker and comrade Hans Rantz who slips and falls, not the foreman. This somewhat strains their burgeoning friendship.
1919. Bronx, New York.
Lorenzo Putzi is invited to a meeting of radical anarchists by his neighbor and badminton partner, Salvatore Nazzari. He listens as the members of the organization, whose names he would later claim not to remember, debate the merits of a city wide mail bomb campaign. He volunteers to go out for stamps and then goes to the movies instead.
1926. Kermit, West Virginia.
Harry “Lefty” Bergman, having taken three trains, two car rides, and one mule, arrives at the picket line brimming with solidarity and pamphlets. He takes one good look at the coal company’s private security detail, and specifically, at their guns and truncheons, and begins the long journey back to Indianapolis.
1947. Lincoln, California.
Mary Clemmons, a thirteen year old schoolgirl, turns herself into the police for skim reading a book by Emma Goldman after listening to a radio report about the House Un-American Activities Committee. The police kindly let her go and give her a lollipop to boot. Then they bring in the local librarian for questioning.
1969. Woodstock, New York.
Christine Short and Willie Whalen, a pair of reformed Maoists turned anarcho-communists, grow increasingly dejected as everyone they meet at that soon-to-be famous festival crumple up, argue with, or completely ignore their broadsheet titled “Free Love is a Lie! Capitalism in Disguise!” They would describe it to their freak friends back home as “a real bummer” and to their straight friends as “a symptom of the underlying inequalities inherent in the psychedelic experience.”
1997. Portsmouth, Ohio.
Jacob Hawthorne, an anarchist punk with grunge guilt, strips behind the football field in order to streak during halftime and teach the wolves and sheep of his high school a lesson about hive mind and oppression. However, he discovers that the cool autumn air is not very flattering towards his member, no matter how much he fluffs, so he puts his clothes back on and heads behind the bleachers to see if anyone has any inhalants.