Rather than dwell on the politics of the group (they are avowed anarchists), I would rather examine the effectiveness of the periodical as a form of communication and literature. Of course, by doing so, I open myself to criticism as the sort of bohemian nihilo-aesthete so despised by anarchists, but I digress.
Eschewing color, the editors instead chose a stark black-and-white format; some might cynically suggest that this reflects a small budget, but I think it is worth noting that this design is also in keeping with the anti-commercial stance of the members of type A.
The magazine includes local, regional, and international news, focusing on stories that involve state repression and the responses by activists against racism, fascism, and globalization.
An interview with author, editor, and activist John Zerzan takes up a portion of the magazine. This interview discusses theories of anarchism as well as more philosophical discussions regarding the environment, language, and human existence. Irrespective of one's political views, Zerzan's work is thought-provoking, sometimes maddening, but guaranteed to force the reader into looking at the world in a different way.
type A features eye-catching "public service announcements" with slogans such as: "For a worthwhile education learn the three Rs: RESIST, REBEL, REVOLT!"
Though heavy on propaganda, the writing is clear and forceful. In an article entitled "Toledo's State Of Disunion: 2005 In Review," the anonymous author showed a particular flair for dynamic rhetoric. Regarding the October 15 riot in North Toledo:
The violent eruption in October was, however, merely the culmination of a long, pervasive restlessness...seeing Toledo Police working as an armed security force for a group of neo-Nazis was a stonger catalyst than was probably necessary for violence to finally occur.Certainly the above passage has a political perspective, yet the author adroitly captures an important detail about the causes of the riot: community grievances - irrespective of their validity - contributed to the direct action against Toledo Police.
One leaves type A with a clearer sense of the views of the local and regional anarchist communities, and the magazine provides a perspective that cannot be found in any other local periodical.
And it is free.