Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Left Over?

The Freedom Shop Collective invites you to a discussion of grassroots strategy, organisation and issues for the left in the wake of the continuing failure of electoral politics.

This is an opportunity to discuss how the activist left can make progress at this time, after a general decline in its impacts.  What are our strengths and weaknesses? Can we learn from history or do we need to re-invent our movement? What issues and strategies should we consider?

When: 7pm, Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Where: 19 Tory Street, Wellington

We are inviting speakers from a variety of left groups to give a short presentation on this theme, followed by general discussion.

Contact us at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

AARGH 2 now online

Issue Two of the Aoteroa Anarchist Review is now online and can be downloaded here.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kilbirnie Market Day - Sat 1 Nov

On Saturday 1st November the Freedom Shop in Newtown will be closed BUT we will be at the Market Day being held at the Opportunity for Animals Kilbirnie Shop.

We'll have zines, badges, stickers and patches for sale on the day. 
The Opportunity for Animals Shop will have heaps of retro stuff, lucky dips, and the chance to win the Opportunity for Animals raffle, plus vegan treats and bodacious tunes. 
So visit the Kilbirnie Opportunity for Animals between 11am and 3pm Saturday 1st November.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Aargh! number two is here

The second issue of Aargh! is out.


Once more Aargh! consists of 16 pages of radical analysis and commentary for only $2. This issue includes  articles about elections, voting and political parties, including:


  • 50 Days of Democracy
  • The Green Party
  • Drones - Judge, Jury and Executioner
  • The Neo-Liberal Prescription
 It also has book reviews, a film review and a recipe.

Aargh! is at the Freedom Shop. If you can't make it to the shop, send us an envelope addressed to yourself and with an appropriate stamp and we'll mail you one. Send us ten dollars and we'll send five copies for you to give to your friends and family, who are bound to be delighted.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Books

We have had a couple of boxes of new books and tee-shirts arrive from AK Press, including:

'Against Equality' critiques the current struggle for inclusion and equality in conservative systems and institutions for all queer people. Instead on inclusion, the Against Equality Collective challenges people to struggle for alternatives to the current system - for radical transformation of society.

The Collective hope to 'reinvigorate the queer political imagination with fantastic possibility!'

We also have a couple of copies of an anthology of Peter Kropotkin's writings: 'Direct Struggle Against Capital'.

Edited by Iain McKay, the book is fully annotated and features an historical introduction, biographical sketch, glossary, bibliography and index.

"The enemy on whom we declare war is capital, and it is against capital that we will direct all our efforts, taking care not to become distracted from our goal by the phony campaigns and arguments of the political parties. The great struggle that we are preparing for is essentially economic, and so it is on the economic terrain that we should focus our activities." —Peter Kropotkin

  Another anthology we have is an Errico Malatesta Reader: 'The Method of Freedom'. The book includes not only some of Malatesta's longer essays, such as "Anarchy" and "Our Program" but also some of his previously untranslated articles.

The book is produced as a stand-alone companion to AK Press' planned ten-volume publication of Malatesta's Complete Works.

Banned during the fascist period in Chile—and still banned in the USA (Disney will sue anyone who publishes it), 'How to Read Donald Duck' is described by the authors as a decolonisation manual'. It is an analysis of the Disney comics and the conservative and reactionary values espoused in the comics.

Ever since 1935, when the League of Nations recognised Mickey Mouse as an International Symbol of Good Will”, Disney has been an outspoken political figure,and one who has always been able to count upon government help.” -Page 20

Originally published in 1918, Sen Katayama's 'The Labor Movement in Japan' documents Japan's dynamic labor struggles and radical political movements in the early 20th century. This updated edition features two additional writings by the author and a new introductory essay that further illuminates the experiences and activities of Japanese working people in action, as well as the lives of other radical actors who helped shape this movement into one of the twentieth century's most fascinating moments of class conflict and revolutionary confrontation.

Friday, July 18, 2014

AARGH #1 Online

The first edition of AARGH can be downloaded here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

AARGH! out now

Welcome to the first issue of aargh! (the Aotearoa Anarchist Review and Golfing Handbook*), an anarchist magazine published by the Freedom Shop Collective of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. The title of the magazine, aargh! also reflects the way many of us feel about the world a fair amount of the time.

16 pages of radical anaylsis and commentary for only $2, available at the Freedom Shop now. If you can't make it to the shop, send us an envelope addressed to yourself and with an appropriate stamp and we'll mail you one. Send us ten dollars and we'll send five copies for you to give to your friends and family, who are bound to be delighted.

  • A sad, flippant kind of nihilism
  • GE - Myths, promises, missing miracles
  • Myopia - some thoughts on privacy and surveillance
  • What “Sovereign Borders” really look like
  • Indifference as a moral option?
  • Bureaucracy – taking the ‘demos’ out of democracy
  • Workers of the world: relax
  • Black Bean Chilli with Cornbread

*Disclaimer: We reserve the right to change our minds about what aargh! stands for.