Come Hell or Highwater a Handbook on collective process gon awry by richard singer

Come Hell or High Water: A Handbook on Collective Process Gone Awry

by Richard Singer

Come Hell or High Water: A Handbook on Collective Process Gone Awry helps individuals navigate the world of directly democratic social groups. From their experiences working with egalitarian and anarchist organizations, Delfina Vannucci and Richard Singer offer a street-level view of how social relationships and power work.

Lessons are often learned after the fact, and hindsight is 20/20, and Come Hell or High Water offers readers both in this little gem.

Critical, humorous, and prophetic, this book is a must-read for those new to egalitarian groups, as well as the salty old vet that thinks they've got it all figured out. It's a tough world out there; it's a world that doesn't prepare us for developing social relationships based on trust, caring, and solidarity—as well as a healthy respect for differences. Whether playing a role in an anarchist organization, horizontal social or political group, worker co-op, or trying to incorporate egalitarian processes where they don't already exist, Come Hell or High Water will help keep you focused on the positives and help you avoid common pitfalls.



I had a horrible experience in a collective and its related communities which resulted in the absolute destruction of huge elements of life. I think that we (if we even exists, because I'm not feelin it right now but there's enough left of me to give it the benefit of the doubt) we need lots of books like this to prevent witch-hunting, youth worship, racism born of white guilt, and ostracization in our self-made communities- please bring it back!


“Their analysis of what dynamics can be causing trouble in a group helped me to understand for the first time why I felt so uncomfortable in each collective that I ended up leaving. If this were required reading for anybody in a collective, we would definitely see less drama and more camaraderie for that type of work or volunteer model.”