zine review: self-defense for radicals

I am a bad zine-buyer, in that I go for good production values. Hastily-made shitty looking things with tonnes of typos and bad photocopying aren’t my cup of tea, even though that’s part of the true hardcore zine ethos. Self-Defense for Radicals by Mickey Z. has a nice cover and good illustrations (by Richard Cole) as it does its A-Z of self-defense techniques. It’s basically a pamphlet about street-fighting and not being afraid to fight dirty if you’re being attacked. Which is interesting enough. It’s kind of disparaging of pacifists and makes fun of chanting and dialogue as a way of dealing with some huge asshole hellbent on curbstomping you.

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