Sprout Distro

Against Assemblies

Against Assemblies

This short zine is a compilation of two articles from the United Kingdom, “Death to Assemblies” and “We Don’t Want a Mass Organisation”. The articles present a basic critique of assemblies as a form of leftism that seeks to manage and flatten struggles. The zine does a good job of highlighting the limits of “mass organizations,” “assemblies,” “movements,” and “direct democracy.” In place of these forms, the zine argues for vibrant self-organized and informal efforts. The articles were informed by a squat/occupation and the experience with so-called “radical assemblies.”


There is no specific recipe for informal self-organisation. Rather, what we are talking about is a dynamic tension: we are always developing our own freedom and ability to act independently, and helping others to do so; we are always on guard that our structures don’t freeze into hierarchies.



SPROUT DISTRO is an anarchist zine distro (distributor) and publisher based in the occupied territory currently known as the United States.