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Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism
Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism
by Cindy Milstein
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be an accomplice not an ally!, December 10, 2015
A timely response to the Black Lives Matter movement, this brilliant anthology of thirteen essays sharply tackles the liberal reformist agenda of the nonviolent "peace police" and the policy wonks of the nonprofit-industrial-complex who are trying to destroy the militancy of this movement with their counterinsurgency tactics of pacificication, "ally politics", and electioneering. Challenging the nonliberatory praxis of these liberal Democrats and nonprofit professionals, this book calls for a radical response to racialized police brutality that is nonhierarchical, anti-capitalist, revolutionary, and intersectional. As the class war intensifies, I hope that activists will read this book and abandon the dead end strategies of the nonprofit-industrial-complex, the Democratic Party, and the Greens.


Drug War Capitalism
Drug War Capitalism
by Dawn Paley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shut down the U.S. Army School of the Americas!, December 10, 2015
This review is from: Drug War Capitalism (Paperback)
Focusing on four Latin American countries (Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras), investigative journalist Dawn Paley shows how the so-called drug war is just another euphemism for the U.S. government's ongoing counterinsurgency war against the Latin American left, particularly in areas where oil, gas, coal, nickel, gold and other resources are being extracted. The victims who are being killed, tortured, disappeared, and displaced are overwhelmingly poor and vulnerable. They're Afro-Colombians, rural peasants, indigenous people, environmentalists, student activists, queer and transgender people, women, and union organizers. Well researched and informative, this is an excellent resource for Latin American solidarity activists trying to stop this deadly war on the poor in Latin America.


Militant Anti-Fascism: A Hundred Years of Resistance
Militant Anti-Fascism: A Hundred Years of Resistance
by M. Testa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unite against fascism!, August 15, 2015
Covering 100 years of anti-fascist resistance in Europe, M. Testa has written an important piece of radical scholarship that reads like riot porn for intellectuals. While more than half of the book focuses on the violent street fights in England against the British National Party, the English Defense League, the National Front, and other neo-Nazi and ultra-nationalist far right organizations, the book also has excellent chapters on Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Ireland, and Scotland. Rejecting liberal, legislative, and state-approved tactics, M. Testa identifies three successful strategies to defeat the far right: physical resistance, political organization, and propaganda. Unfortunately, fascism didn't die with Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco, and as the economic crisis worsens globally, we are witnessing a frightening resurgence of right-wing extremism in places like Greece, India, the Ukraine, Israel, and the United States. Given this grim reality, I strongly recommend this book for anarchists to study as we simply cannot allow neo-Nazi skinheads and other fascists to gain political power and threaten the lives of Jews, Muslims, queer and transgender people, and people of color.


The Labor Movement in Japan
The Labor Movement in Japan
by Sen Katayama
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5.0 out of 5 stars A People's History of Early 20th Century Japan, June 16, 2015
While much has been written about the revolutionary movements in China, North Korea, and Vietnam, very little in comparison has been written about the radical political movements in Japan. As such, Sen Katayama's classic book on early 20th century Japanese labor struggles is an important contribution to the study of Japanese anarchist and socialist history. A first-hand documentation of this tumultuous period in Japan, Katayama's book recounts the long forgotten radical left insurgencies of the Japanese proletariat, proving that there's much more to Japan than sushi, Kurosawa films, and Hello Kitty. With two additional writings by the author and a brilliant introductory essay by Andrew Zonneveld and Robert Sabatino, this new edition of Katayama's book is an essential piece of revolutionary scholarship that I hope gets widely read. Thank you On Our Own! Authority for keeping this book alive!


Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab
Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab
by Scott Crow
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Earth is not for sale!, May 9, 2015
All around the world, indigenous people, poor people, subsistence farmers, and people of color are fighting to reclaim the commons. In this important anthology of essays and interviews, leading activists and scholars like Dr. Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky, Max Rameau, Ben Dangl, Silvia Federici, scott crow, Grace Lee Boggs, and Michael Hardt present an exciting cartography of resistance by grassroots organizations to take back the land. Providing an internationalist perspective, the first half of this book focuses on issues relating to the global south while the second half focuses on the global north. A few of the life-and-death struggles over land that this book explores are the destruction of the Indonesian rainforests to plant palm plantations for biofuels, the resource war and subsequent right-wing coup in Paraguay, mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, and tar sands extraction in Alberta. Obviously, neoliberalism is destroying the planet and if we want this environmental violence to stop we must immediately change our socio-economic and political systems. If you're not already out on the streets or in the forests fighting to end this corporate land grab, this book will urge you to speak out vociferously against this ecocidal/genocidal onslaught and to resist with all your might. .


I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli
I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli
by Leda Rafanelli
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous book!, March 20, 2015
Although I read a lot of anarchist literature, I admit that I'd never heard of Leda Rafanelli before until AK Press came out with the exciting biography of this colorful iconoclast. Living to be 91 years old, Rafanelli was an individualist anarchist, a Muslim convert, a feminist trailblazer, and a gifted fortuneteller! Though she spent the majority of her life in Italy, she also lived briefly in Egypt which had a profound effect on her spirituality. Although most anarchists would say that anarchism and religion are irreconcilable, Rafanelli proved that it is possible to be both an anarchist and a person of faith. In this regard, she reminds me of other spiritual anarchists like Hakim Bey, Kathy Kelly, Starhawk, Jamie Heckert, and Dorothy Day. Though she fought for women's liberation, Rafanelli was also a harsh critic of the bourgeois feminist movement in Italy at the time which was focused primarily on women's suffrage and not on overthrowing capitalism and the nation-state, a critique that Emma Goldman and other anarcha-feminists would later voice about the mainstream feminist movement in the US. Rafanelli was also an outspoken critic of futurism, a reactionary art movement with technocratic, fascist tendencies that was unfortunately popular with many members of the Italian political and artistic avant-garde. Ironically, she was once a comrade of Benito Mussolini prior to his becoming a fascist dictator. In fact, they may have been romantically involved. Though a practicing Muslim, Rafanelli also firmly believed in the anarchist notion of free love, in which case Mussolini would have only been one of her many unusual lovers. After WWII, Rafanelli withdrew from public activism and devoted the rest of her life to writing children's books and biographical sketches of her anarchist comrades while continuing her exploration of Islam mixed with various forms of mysticism and Eastern spirituality. Unable to put this book down, I was truly enthralled by this fascinating biography and I heartily commend Andrea Pakieser for her excellent job in bringing to life this interesting ghost from Italy's turbulent anarchist history!


Storm in My Heart: Memories from the Widow of Johann Most
Storm in My Heart: Memories from the Widow of Johann Most
by Helene Minkin
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun book!, February 25, 2015
Originally serialized in the Yiddish daily Forverts, this is the first English translation of Helene Minkin's memoir. More than just an impassioned hagiography for her famous common law husband, the controversial Johann Most, Storm in My Heart is both a fiery and entertaining critique of the anarchist milieu in the United States during the early 20th Century and a testament to her own lifelong commitment to the anarchist ideal. At one time, she and her sister Anna lived in a commune with Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman and she directs her most biting criticism to this pair, particularly to Emma Goldman whom she obviously despised. It is also a bittersweet love story between a young Russian Jewish immigrant woman and her much older, disfigured German-born anarchist mentor and how they persevered over the years despite the challenges of extreme poverty and political persecution. For students of anarchist history, this is definitely a book you will want to add to your collection. Whether you agree with her assessment of Emma Goldman or not, I am certain you will find this book a lot of fun to read and will appreciate her nuanced and often comical portrayals of some of the most fabled figures in American anarchism.


Zionism in the Age of the Dictators
Zionism in the Age of the Dictators
by Lenni Brenner
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5.0 out of 5 stars To understand the history of Zionism, read this book!, December 10, 2014
As we all know, a large part of the Zionist narrative is that the State of Israel was established as a necessary refuge for displaced Jews fleeing Europe during World War II. In "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators", radical historian Lenni Brenner tears apart this propaganda, revealing how the Zionist movement collaborated with fascist governments in Europe and Japan in order to pursue their imperialist agenda to occupy Palestine. Indeed, the only people they rescued were young, healthy, able-bodied Jews who shared their racist ideology and wealthy Jews who could help finance their colonial project. As for the fate of the rest of European Jewry, the Zionists were indifferent. Shamefully, they refused to help the Jews resist the Nazi regime in any way; in fact, to curry favors from the Nazi dictatorship, they even undermined the international boycott of German goods and downplayed the genocide that was unfolding in Europe. Given how the Israeli government collaborated back in the 1970s and 1980s with the military dictatorships in the Southern Cone which "disappeared" thousands of Argentine and Chilean Jews, I was really not surprised to learn about the collaboration between the Zionist movement and the fascist governments in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain. Nevertheless, it was sobering to read about this history in such meticulous detail and I'm sure this book will outrage right-wing apologists of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Like Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky, Lenni Brenner is a Jewish leftist whose books on Israel/Palestine belong in the library of every activist working for peace and justice in the Middle East. I also strongly recommend the book "Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity" which he co-authored with Matthew Quest.


The New Brazil: Regional Imperialism and the New Democracy
The New Brazil: Regional Imperialism and the New Democracy
by Raúl Zibechi
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book!, July 31, 2014
If you're an activist on the left, you most likely were watching in horror the rampant human rights abuses committed by the Brazilian state before and during the 2014 World Cup: the killing of street children, the destruction of favelas displacing thousands of Rio de Janeiro's poorest inhabitants, and the brutal police repression against protestors. Of course, this is merely a prelude of what's to come when Rio de Janeiro hosts the 2016 Olympic Games. Because of its size, wealth, and population, Brazil is now in the process of escaping the center-periphery relationship it once had with the US government, becoming a regional imperialist and a financial superpower. Nevertheless, the economic disparity in Brazil is possibly the worst of any country on earth. Though its vast natural resources have enriched the Brazilian bourgeoisie, the only true bourgeoisie in Latin America, that wealth of course has not trickled down. To better understand the complicated politics of the sixth largest economy in the world, I can think of no better book than this one. If you've never heard of Raul Zibechi before, he is one of Latin America's most important social-movement analysts and political journalists. In this informative new book, Zibechi describes how Brazil has become one of the world's leaders in the extraction of resources like hydropower, hydrocarbons, iron ore, fresh water, biodiversity, and uranium, challenging thus the hegemony of the US empire. He also shows how the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed by the beef industry and to grow monoculture crops like sugarcane and corn for the production of biofuels. More importantly, he explores what must be done to democratize this enormous country from below. As the urban poor descend even further into poverty and Brazil's indigenous people struggle to survive while their rainforest habitat gets destroyed, hopefully the oppressed masses will join together in solidarity and create a new society based on ecological sustainability and economic, racial, and gender equality. Like all of Raul Zibechi's books, this is essential reading for anyone studying Latin American politics, economics, and current events.


Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity
Black Liberation and Palestine Solidarity
by Matthew Quest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop this Racist War against Palestinians and African-Americans!, July 29, 2014
Whether one is talking about Turtle Island, apartheid South Africa, Nazi Germany, or occupied Palestine, ethnic cleansing is wrong. As someone who really values intersectional politics, I think a book exploring the cross-movement relationship between Palestinian and African-American activists is both very exciting and long overdue. Clearly, if we are ever going to defeat the reactionary forces of white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, and US imperialism, then it is imperative that oppressed populations overcome the divide-and-conquer strategy manufactured by the ruling-class and work together. Given the genocidal violence being perpetrated presently in Gaza, it is so important that we not remain silent while Palestinian children are being killed, homes are being demolished, political prisoners are being tortured, and hospitals, refugee camps, and mosques are being bombed. Meanwhile, we must also not forget the institutionalized violence that African-Americans continue to face. As a queer Jewish anarchist, I refuse to be bullied by right-wing Zionists who accuse me of being a self-hating Jew. I also refuse to be silent while African-Americans are being disproportionately murdered by racist cops, locked up inside the prison-industrial-complex, and economically oppressed. Besides reading this brilliant book, I encourage you also to join the Palestinian solidarity movement and to resist racial injustice wherever you live. Thank you, Lenni Brenner and Matthew Quest, for your important contribution to this much needed dialogue. This is a fantastic book!


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