"As a nonviolent activist, perhaps I should have been offended by the title of Peter Gelderloos' new book, How Nonviolence Protects the State,
or by chapter headings like 'Nonviolence is Deluded.' And yet upon finishing this book, which attempts to systematically tear down many of the values and strategies to which I've devoted the last 20 years of my life, I found myself strangely exhilarated: the revolution is alive." -- Sue Frankel-Streit, review on Richmond IMC
"Instead of always assuming that a particular choice is morally superior, activists have to constantly reevaluate their tactics and critically examine how they act, a process that could be aided by a reading of How Nonviolence Protects the State.
" -- Grand Rapids IMC
"Peter Gelderloos's How Nonviolence Protects the State,
finishes off where Ward Churchill's classic, Pacifism as Pathology,
began. In this indictment, he makes a strong argument for the diversity of tactics, while illuminating how the ideology of pacifism leads us not to social justice, but rather, the peace one finds in cemeteries. A 'must read' for revolutionaries struggling to be effective against the government's 'War on Terror,' in which one person's freedom fighter is another's terrorist." -- Ann Hansen, Author, Direct Action: Memoirs of an Urban Guerilla
"Peter's exploration of how power is upheld by the privileged through ideological nonviolence challenges white middle class activists to question if they are truly committed to solidarity with oppressed peoples." -- Jason Lydon, Congregational Director, Community Church of Boston
"Thoroughly-researched and extremely well-argued, How Nonviolence Protects the State
is a potent antidote to the insufferably self-serving sanctimony which has for far too long been able to pass itself off as a 'principled opposition' in the United States. Essential reading for anyone seriously committed to the attainment of constructive change." -- Ward Churchill, Author, Pacifism as Pathology
About the Author
Peter Gelderloos is a radical community organizer. He is the author of Consensus: A New Handbook for Grassroots Political, Social, and Environmental Groups and a contributor to Letters From Young Activists. He is the co-facilitator of a workshop on the prison system, and is also involved in independent media, copwatching, anti-oppression work, and anarchist organizing.