Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Penguin Classics (August 25, 1983) Language: English ISBN-10: 0140390448 ISBN-13: 978-0140390445 Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Disdainful of…
The ideology of nonviolence has come to play a major role in political struggles in the United States of America and, indeed, in nations around the world. Almost every organization seeking radical change in the USA has been targeted by organizers for the nonviolence movement. Organizations like Earth First!, which originally did not subscribe to the ideology of nonviolence, have since then adopted that ideology or at least its set of rules for protest and civil disobedience. Yet nonviolence activists have put little energy into bringing their creed to establishment, reactionary, or openly violent organizations.
In this essay it will be argued that nonviolence encourages violence by the state and corporations. The ideology of nonviolence creates effects opposite to what it promises. As a result nonviolence ideologists cooperate in the ongoing destruction of the environment, in continued repression of powerless, and in U.S./corporate attacks on people in foreign nations. To minimize violence we must adopt a pragmatic, reality-based method of operation.
I agree that violence, properly defined, is bad. It should, ideally, not be part of how humans deal with each other. I believe that a society should and can be created where no state, economic entity, or religion uses violence against people. In such a society people can achieve their individual and collective goals through voluntary cooperation. But when you scrape the make-up off the face of the ideology of Nonviolence, there you will find, grinning, the very violence it pretends to oppose.
OWS and OSD have declared themselves as non-violent movements. This post does not condone the use of violence, it’s merely an educational tool which offers an alternate perspective to conversations taking place as of late due to certain may day actions.
One world, one struggle, occupy together, unity to all.
The Roots of May Day: An Illustrated History - available for download in two versions:
The good people at the 56a Infoshop in London have released “Everyone To The Streets: Communiques and Texts from the Streets and Occupations”. The book is 150 pages long (!) and contains an introduction by the 56a collective, two chronologies from Athens and Thessaloniki, 15+ texts and communiques from the streets and occupations plus analysis from Greek group TPTG and afterword. It costs £5 and is available from 56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton St, London SE17 3AE UK (opening hours Wed 3-7, Thu 2-8, Fri 3-7 and Sat 2-6pm. For mail order, check Active Distribution (www.activedistribution.org)
August 27, 2009
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Long omitted from the history books, the Seattle General Strike of 1919 offers an inspiring view of what it would look like if workers took power in the U.S. In Revolution in Seattle , newly republished by Haymarket Books, radical journalist and labor historian chronicles the general strike, along with the history of radicalism in the Pacific Northwest that came before it.
O’Connor based this memoir on the accounts of workers and revolutionaries he organized with throughout his life—in addition to radical and union newspapers of the day. As O’Connor, a lifelong radical who was sentenced for contempt for defying the McCarthyite witch-hunt of the 1950s, writes in the foreword, “For many years, I have been increasingly concerned lest one of the most dramatic chapters in the labor history of the United States go unrecorded.”
Here, we reprint an excerpt from this classic book.