The Authority of the Boot-Maker. By Mal Content.

For my dad, who once said: “You give anarchists a bad name!”

This book is made entirely from recycled surplus-value the bourgeoisie carelessly left lying about.

About the author:

Mal Content has got a job and doesn’t need a wash or a haircut, thanks, but the world does owe him a living.

“Does it follow that I reject all authority? Far from me such a thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker; concerning houses, canals, or railroads, I consult that of the architect or the engineer. For such or such special knowledge I apply to such or such a savant. But I allow neither the boot-maker nor the architect nor the savant to impose his authority upon me. I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure. I do not content myself with consulting a single authority in any special branch; I consult several; I compare their opinions, and choose that which seems to me the soundest. But I recognise no infallible authority, even in special questions; consequently, whatever respect I may have for the honesty and the sincerity of such or such an individual, I have no absolute faith in any person. Such a faith would be fatal to my reason, to my liberty, and even to the success of my undertakings; it would immediately transform me into a stupid slave, an instrument of the will and interests of others.”

– Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State

The material herein is distributed on Woody Guthrie terms* and may be reproduced without limit. Attribution is appreciated, but if you’re determined to pass it off as your own work Mal would only take that as a compliment.

* Anyone found copying and distributing this book without permission will be considered a mighty good friend of ours, because we don’t give a fuck. Far be it from us to tell you how to use it; read it, share it, give it away, copy it, fly post it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.

Anti-copyright Mal Content 2014, all wrongs reversed.