All Printing Is Political: Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op

Fredy Perlman, The Incoherence of the Intellectual, C. Wright Mills’ Struggle to Unite Knowledge and Action, Black & Red Press, Detroit, 1970

Fredy Perlman (August 20, 1934 – July 26, 1985) was an American author, publisher, professor, and activist. His most popular work, the book Against His-Story, Against Leviathan!, details the rise of state domination with a retelling of history through the Hobbesian metaphor of the Leviathan. Though Perlman detested ideology and claimed that the only ‘-ist’ he would respond to was ‘cellist,’ his work as an author and publisher has been influential on modern anarchist thought. … From 1959 to 1963, they lived on the lower east side of Manhattan while Perlman worked on a statistical analysis of the world’s resources with John Ricklefs. They participated in anti-bomb and pacifist activities with the Living Theatre and others. Perlman was arrested after a sit-down in Times Square in the fall of 1961. He became the printer for the Living Theatre and during that time wrote The New Freedom, Corporate Capitalism and a play, Plunder, which he published himself.  In 1963, the husband and wife left the U.S. and moved to Belgrade, Yugoslavia after living some months in Copenhagen and Paris. … In May 1968, after lecturing for two weeks in Turin, Italy, Perlman went to Paris on the last train before rail traffic was shut down by some of the strikes that were sweeping Western Europe that season. He participated in the May unrest in Paris and worked at the Censier center with the Citroen factory committee. After returning to Kalamazoo in August, he collaborated with Roger Gregoire in writing Worker-Student Action Committees, May 68. During his last year in Kalamazoo, Perlman had left the university and together with several other people, mostly students, inaugurated the Black and Red magazine, of which six issues appeared. Typing and layout was done at the Perlman house and the printing at the Radical Education Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In January 1969 Perlman completed The Reproduction of Daily Life. While traveling in Europe in the spring of 1969, he spent several weeks in Yugoslavia and there wrote Revolt in Socialist Yugoslavia, which was suppressed by the authorities, who called it a CIA plot. In August 1969 he and his wife Lorraine moved to Detroit, where he wrote The Incoherence of the Intellectual and, collaborating with a small group, translated Guy Debord‘s The Society of the Spectacle, publishing the first (and for over a decade, only) English translation of this key Situationist International text in 1970. …”
Walker Art: All Printing Is Political: Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op
[PDF] Typographical Labor: The Graphic Legacy of Fredy Perlman and the Detroit Printing Co-op
YouTube: Letters of Insurgents – 39 videos, Fredy Perlman Narrations – 7 videos. Progress and Nuclear Power: The Destruction of the Continent and Its Peoples. Against His-Story, Against Leviathan!

Plunder, a play by Fredy Perlman

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