Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth
by Steven Best, Anthony Nocella II (eds.), Preface by Bron Taylor
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Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: AK Press
Topics: Corporate Rule, Crime & Punishment, History: Local to Global, Nature, Nonviolence, Social Movements, Spirituality & Religion
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Description: Global warming, acid rain, deforestation, air and water pollution are but a few of the overwhelming indicators that the earth's health is worsening. For decades, environmental groups have been resisting the destructive trends set by industry and government, but as the social and political climate has changed, popular protest movements have become less and less effective. As the earth's situation worsens, those opposing its destruction have out of necessity become increasingly militant. Corporate and federal properties have been vandalized, set ablaze - even bombed - and the government is meeting this new brand of environmental militance with an increasingly heavy hand.
Whether you're drawn by frustration with environmental strategies that, to date, have been ineffective against this growing ecological crisis, or simply by curiosity (Who are these people? Why are they doing this? What do they hope to gain?), 'Igniting a Revolution' offers a fascinating and compelling look at the emerging movement of revolutionary environmentalism.
Includes essays by Marilyn Buck, Robert Jensen, John Zerzan, Ashanti Alston, Jeffrey "Free" Luers, Derrick Jensen, Ann Hansen, and a preface by Bron Taylor.
Steven Best, Ph.D., is chair of the department of philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso. He has published numerous books and articles on philosophy, cultural criticism, social theory and animal rights, and is frequently interviewed by national print and radio media.
Anthony J. Nocella II is a peace activist who teaches workshops on mediating and negotiating in revolutionary environments.
Dr. Maxwell Schnurer is a Communications professor at Humbold State University. A long-time animal rights activist, Schnurer's work focuses on social movements, cultural change, and activist struggles. He is the co-author of 'Many Sides: Debate Across the Curriculum (Idea Press, 2000), and a contributor to 'Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals' (Lantern Books, 2004)
Review(s): "This volume will interest any reader who wishes to hear directly from some of the leading intellectuals, activists and prisoners involved in these movements. The insights gained by listening directly to these voices...can hardly be overestimated" - Bron Taylor, from the preface.
"There's no way that anyone can agree with everything laid out in this collection. But there is no way, either, that we can afford to ignore these varied voices, because the one sure path to destruction is that of business as usual." - Joel Kovel, 'The Enemy of Nature'
"As we face unprecedented ecological crises, along with growing political violence and state repression, revolutionary enivronmentalists claim that another world is possible. This book promises important insights into radical alternativesw and principled resistance" - John Sorenson
"Can extralegal means justify an end? The future of terrestrial life itself may depend on whether or not serious debate on that very point is put back on the public agenda. 'Igniting a Revolution' threatens to do just that." - Chris Hannah, Propagandhi