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Civilian's Guide to Direct Action

This guide by Crimethinc is a concise introduction to “direct action.” Covering what it is and what it can be used for, the guide focuses on the practical aspects of how to undertake a direct action. It covers a wide range of topics including planning an action, preparation, scouting, media, legal support, and more. It’s essential reading for those new to anarchist direct action.

Civilian's Guide to Direct Action


Direct action, simply put, means cutting out the middleman—solving problems yourself rather than petitioning the authorities or relying on external institutions. Any action that sidesteps regulations and representation to accomplish goals directly is direct action.


Civilian's Guide to Direct Action was added to Sprout Distro in 2015