Mind Invaders brings together essays and manifestos from a growing sub- culture of smirking cultural terrorists. In the absence of chic, Baader- Meinhoff-type icons, Europe's radical mavericks - armed only with DTP, websites and barmy ideas - are turning the satirical stunt into the Molotov cocktail of the Nineties.
"When the Celts went into battle, the Druids would satirise their opponents. But, their satire was so effective it could bring blisters to people's cheeks," explains Home. Funny has never been so serious.
All you need is a little gall. Take the four Italians, all called Luther Blissett, who made headlines this year after they were caught travelling ticketless on a Rome tram. They argued in court that "a collective identity does not travel with a ticket". Commuters, what are you waiting for?
Mind Invaders has something to kick-start even the most jaded Citizen Smith. Mandy B's "Piss Manifesto" offers practical advice and fashion tips for women who want to liberate themselves from the chauvinist orthodoxy of having to sit down to pee. Yes, girls, it's time to learn the art of upright urination. Got a few weeks to kill? Why not organise a game of urban poker, as practised by Glasgow's Workshop for a Non-Linear Architecture. Hands are made up from playing cards found in the street.
You want action? Then set up a branch of the Association of Autonomous Astronauts - they're circumventing the class struggle of today by taking the fight to outer space. Good-bye NASA, hello community-based space exploration programmes. "The point is that only those who attempt the impossible will achieve the absurd," they argue. A rationale that, after a few chapters, you will accept without question.
At its worst - see Home's own avant-bardist (really, you don't want to know) Neoist Alliance - Mind Invaders is unintelligible babble. At its best - see Luther Blissett - it's like an international version of Brass Eye.
The Luther Blissetts, named after the ex-Watford and AC Milan footballer (the subject of enormous hype in the Italian press) are dedicated to subverting media conceits. Their most notorious prank duped Italy's questionable prime-time missing persons TV show, Chi L'ha Visto ("Has Anybody Seen Them?"), into searching for a non-existent British artist, Harry Kipper. A network of Luther Blissetts in London and Bologna persuaded the show that Harry, who was supposed to be mountain-biking around Europe to link various cities with an imaginary line that spelt "ART", had disappeared. Luther Blissett said: "We wanted to do more than simply discredit the show, we wanted to make them waste their time tracking a non-existent person, so that the real runaways could stay free."
Luther Blissett, now assistant manager at his old club Watford, is somewhat bemused.
'Mind Invaders: a Reader in Psychic Warfare, Cultural Sabotage and Semiotic Terrorism', Serpent's Tail (pounds 9.99).Reuse content