CrimethInc., also known as CWC (“CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective” or “CrimethInc Ex-Workers Ex-Collective”), is a decentralized anarchist collective composed of autonomous cells. CrimethInc. emerged in the mid-1990s – initially as the hardcore zine Inside Front – and began operating as a collective in 1996. It has since published widely-read propaganda for the anarchist movement. Mutable Press published their Manifesto 72-B.
CrimethInc. cells have variously published books, released records and organized large-scale national campaigns against globalization and representative democracy in favor of radical community organizing. Less-public splinter groups have carried out direct action (including arson and hacktivism), hosted international conventions and other events, maintained local chapters, sparked riots and toured with multimedia performance art and/or hardcore anarcho-punk musical ensembles. The collective has received national media and academic attention, as well as strong criticism and praise from other anarchists for its activities and philosophy. CrimethInc. has had a long association with the North American anarcho-punk scene due to its relationship with notable artists in the genre and its publishing of Inside Front. It has since expanded into nearly all areas of the contemporary anti-capitalist movement.