Manual For Succesfull Rioting
While doing research on the book “Steal this Book” I stumbled upon the site “Steal this Wiki”. It is/was an open-source update in a wiki format of the original book written by Abbie Hoffman. Hoffman wrote the book in 1970 like a sort of guide for the young, a guide on how to start a revolution, how fight the government and the large corporations of the USA.
Around 2006 some people created “Steal this Wiki” and started rewriting and updating Hoffmans book in the form of a wiki-site.
"Contrary to what some may think, this is meant to be an all purpose survival guide for normal people in difficult times and not an anarchist manual." — Steal this Wiki Contributor
Some of the content from the original and updated version may be found controversial by some people, stuff like how to make bombs or guns, hacking, stealing, etc.. Around 2007/2008 the original website was brought down. The people maintaining the site brought out a PDF file of 500 pages with the content in book form under the GNU Free Document License.
The authors of the site wanted to prevent censorship by putting the content out as much as possible, they also encouraged the users to actually print and bind the book and if possible even distribute it. The book even contains a tutorial on how to make books.
"Twenty volumes folio will never make a revolution. It is the little pocket pamphlets of thirty sous that are to be feared." — Voltaire
By using this quote I wanted to stress the fact that I am aware of the fact that this book will not cause a revolution. Everybody has his or her own reason why they would want to start a revolution. The tone the writers used in the updated version is rather neutral, in contrast with the aggressive tone Hoffman used in the original.
I also wanted to put emphasis on the fact that this book is twice the volume of the original despite only covering one third of the sites content.
The original book and site consist of three mayor chapters:
I chose to only cover the chapter of “FIGHT!”.
Steal this Wiki can still be visited here. All of the contents used in the book can be found on this site.