Mark L. Mirabello. HANDBOOK FOR REBELS AND OUTLAWS: Resisting Tyrants, Hangmen, and Priests. Oxford, England: Mandrake of Oxford, 2009. ISBN 978-1906958-00-8.
The Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws is a book about freedom. Written for intellectual swashbucklers–-men and women who are radicals in politics and infidels in religion–-warriors who hammer the stake of fear into the heart of tyranny–-this volume belongs in select book collections, between the black magic and the pornography texts.
Terrorism (History and Practice)
Megaterrorism (Biological Weapons, Chemical Weapons, and Nuclear Weapons)
Survivalism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Non-Violent Resistance (Hunger Strike, General Strike, Civil Disobedience)
The "Temporary Autonomous Zone"
The Revolutionary Cell
The Assassin in History
"Dirty War" and the State
Coup d'Etat (Theory and Practice)
Secret Police (Techniques and Tricks)
Deception in War (Theory and Practice)
Guerillas, Partisans, and Asymmetric Warfare (History and Practice)
The Urban Guerilla
The Bandit and Pirate in History and Legend
Mafias and Organized Crime
White-Collar Crime (Non-Violent Crime)
Tyranny in History (Four Types Of)
The Police in History
The Informant in History
Evidence (Physical and Eye-Witness)
Torture (History and Practice)
Prison and Punishment
Escape form “Controlled Custody”
EXCERPT FROM THE INTRODUCTION
This work--the Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws--is a book about freedom. Written for intellectual swashbucklers–men and women who are radicals in politics and infidels in religion–warriors who hammer the stake of fear into the heart of tyranny–this volume belongs in select book collections, between the black magic and the pornography texts.
Designed as a reference book for the enemies of all orthodoxies and despotisms, the Handbook for Rebels and Outlawscontains much information that is not beautiful. The reader must remember, however, that brutality is a fact in nature. When the autumn comes--observe the Chinese--no leaf is spared because of its beauty, and no flower is spared because of its fragrance.
The information detailed here has been excavated from diverse sources. I have quarried the writings of philosophers and fiends, saints and mass murderers, sages and madmen, beneficent societies and sinister conventicles, illuminated religions and blasphemous cults.Why have I used evil sources? According to a traditional teaching--this one found among Kabbalahists--the wise man can learn from any source--even a thief. The thief is ever watchful, he takes every opportunity, and he does not despise the least gain.Besides, as the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges pointed out, "In adultery, there is usually tenderness and self-sacrifice; in murder, courage; in profanation and blasphemy, a certain satanic splendor."
This work–it is important to emphasize– is not an instruction manual for criminals. Frankly, in the current age–an era of depravity that the Hindus call the “Age of Kali”--violating laws is unnecessary. In the proper “context," all crime is legal in our corrupt civilization.
Do you like to lie? Become a journalist. Do you like to slander the dead? Become a historian. Do you like to libel the species? Become a novelist.
Are you an authoritarian? Do you like to degrade, humiliate, and dominate others? Become a prison warden–or an elementary school teacher.
Are you a sadist? Are you excited by the agonized shrieks of helpless beings? If you like to torture animals to death, become a kosher butcher. If you like to torture people to death–to poison, burn and cut them with impunity-- become an oncologist.
Do you enjoy doing evil and spreading terror? If killing strangers from behind with a knife, a garrote, or your naked hands arouses you, become a military commando. If mass murder is your interest–if exterminating thousands of people like germs and insects pleases you--become a combat pilot. Or–if you prefer to kill without danger to your own person–find employment in an abortion clinic. Over his career, one abortion pioneer in Canada personally killed more than thirty thousand unborn humans!
Finally, this clarification must be made: although the Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws is a book about freedom, in a real sense pure and unsullied “freedom” does not exist. In the words of one anarchist writer--Yves Fremion, the author of Orgasms of History–only “liberation” exists, and “liberation” has no final stage. It is a “process of ongoing amelioration.”
But if the struggle is perpetual–if there will always be statute laws and moral codes, straitjackets and leg irons, priests and hangmen–what is the point of rebellion? And what is the point of outlawry?
“Victory,” to cite Yves Fremion again, “comes in the form of the oppressors never feeling safe and secure and of tyrants living everywhere in a state of fear.”
Besides, although they are always reviled and crucified in life, rebels and outlaws become cultural icons in death. Refusing to be slaves–refusing to toil and obey–these men and women–their short lives enriched by vengeance and loot--inspire our legends and shape our hopes.