Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth / Edition 1

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Overview

“Before his 1969 assassination, Chairman Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party in Chicago famously remarked that, ‘When one of us falls, 1000 will take his place.’ This book proves Fred’s point. No matter the degree of repression visited upon it, the spirit of revolution cannot be quelled.”—Ward Churchill, author of On the Justice of Roosting Chickens

As the destruction of nature reaches new extremes, resistance becomes ever more militant. Radical environmental groups are front page news. From laboratory bombings to the destruction of ski resorts, this emerging new militancy has been steadily upping the political ante. Authorities have responded in kind, handing down unprecedented heavy prison sentences for acts of property destruction. Congressional committees have been convened, the FBI has put revolutionary environmentalists at the top of their domestic terrorism list, and the "terrorists" themselves promise bigger and more spectacular assaults in the future. This anthology features a range of voices—from academics to armed revolutionaries—that explore this new form of political struggle. The first book of it’s kind on this increasingly important topic!

Steven Best, PhD, 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904859567
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 1,211,846
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven Best, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas, El Paso. He is author and editor of 8 books and over 100 articles and reviews on cultural criticism and animal rights. He has appeared on TV shows and is frequently interviewed by national print and radio media including the New York Times. Anthony J. Nocella II is completing his Ph.D. work at Syracuse University and is a Visiting Scholar of SUNY Cortland's Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice (CEPS). He teaches courses in Sociology and Criminology at Le Moyne College. He has published more than twenty-five scholarly articles and is working on his ninth book.
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Table of Contents

Foreword : experimenting with truth 1
Introduction : a fire in the belly of the beast : the emergence of revolutionary environmentalism 8
Poems from prison 33
Revolutionary environmentalism : an introduction 37
A spark that ignited a flame : the evolution of the Earth Liberation Front 47
To cast a giant shadow : revolutionary ecology and its practical implementation through the Earth Liberation Front 59
Ontological anarchism : the philosophical roots of revolutionary environmentalism 71
Shades of green : examining cooperation between radical and mainstream environmentalists 92
Lakota Woableze (Lakota perception) 105
What is a morally defensible level of consumption? 107
Contesting the economic order and media construction of reality 114
The revolution in everyday life 127
I don't want to live where they are killing me 139
Jains, the ALF, and the ELF : antagonists or allies? 143
In the beginning : God created the Earth and "ecoterrorism" 156
Gwarth-E-Lass : stick standing strong 170
The animal question : uncovering the roots of our domination of nature and each other 178
Death has already arrived 189
The lies of progress 192
Attack the system 195
Against civilization, for reconnection to life! 198
What is liberation? 204
The troubles I've seen 209
From protest to resistance 211
Mojo workin' 224
Facing the agents of omnicide : hope in a dark time 232
From the prisonhouse to the slaughterhouse : reflections on lives in captivity 241
Taking back our land : who's going to stop us? : the native youth movement warriors society 251
Speak the truth, go to jail 257
Armageddon now!! 265
Medusa trilogy 273
Radical environmentalism : is there any other kind? 280
What goes up must come down 284
People ain't feeling this bullshit 301
Direct action and the heroic ideal : an ecofeminist critique 306
Stomping with the elephants : feminist principles for radical solidarity 319
Ancestors & angels 337
Armed struggle, guerilla warfare, and the social movement influences on "direct action" 340
They took Ulrike Meinhof's brain : a comparative study of the causes of and justifications for militant direct action 348
The American Indian movement in the 21st century 368
Random thoughts on eco-racism and resistance 372
Grumpywarriorcool : what makes our movements white? 375
Identity politics and poetic solidarity : roots of alliance between feminism and animal/Earth liberation 387
Radical ecology, repressive tolerance, and zoocide 394
Afterword : Katrina!!! 404
App Earth Liberation Front communiques 406
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Abolitionist-Online

    This important new book, Igniting A Revolution Voices In Defense Of Mother Earth is a series of essays from the above ground radical environmental and animal liberation movement. The book is divided into seven parts. Part One is on the History and Nature of Revolutionary Environmentalism. Part Two is based on the Sustainability and the Politics of Consumption. Part Three. Religion and Spirituality. Part 4. Primitivism and The Critique of Civilisation. Part 5. Repression and Resistance Part 6. Direct Action and Beyond. Part 7 Social Movements and Alliance Politics. The voices are diverse. This is a source book we truly need to strengthen our resolve in readiness for the future of the revolutionary ecological movement, the anti-backlash campaigns and to turn the tide against activists being continually scapegoated by the tri ¿ dominant cultures¿ ¿big guns¿, the political right, corporations and the state. This book is written by and for earth liberationists, animal liberationists, Black liberationists, Native Americans, ecofeminists, political prisoners, primitivists, saboteurs, grassroots activists and militant academics and those who will join the resistance movement and fight for Mother Earth. Derrick Jensen, Rosalie Little Thunder, Jeff Luers, Leslie James Pickering, Kanahus Pellkey, Josh Harper, Anthony Rayson, Craig ¿Critter¿ Marshall, Marilyn Buck but to name just a few are some of the voices in the book. Committed, passionate and talented writers and activists infuse the movement with their encouragement, thoughts and insight. And there are a river of stories to be told too. There are plenty of stories to be told too. Some will move you, challenge you, shock, anger and educate you. Most importantly, hopefully they will inspire you to action. These voices are against brute force and injustice. Igniting A Revolution includes the voices of activists such as the individual activist Jeff ¿Free¿ Luers who is currently serving 22 years and 8 months in prison for property damage. As he says in the book, there just came a time when enough is enough. ¿When it came to dealing with the state and greedy corporations, the word ¿please¿ was no longer in my vocabulary.¿ Luers also talks about his own encounters with interspecies communication something that is emerging and being identified more and more for hard-core earth and animal activists. pattrice jones, is another activist who wrote ¿Stomping With The Elephants Feminist Principles for Radical Solidarity¿ for the book. jone¿s analysis on How do you break a wild animal? makes for absorbing reading. She brings to the table a terribly tragic situation that interconnects, not alienates, sexism, speciesism and environmental exploitation while mirroring simultaneously ¿different symptoms of the same injury¿. Increasingly now as a positive phenomenon we are seeing direct action reinventing the social justice activist¿s landscape. The cornerstone of the movement has a wisdom to impact to build decentralizsed coalitions using nonhierarchical models. There¿s no use denying it. Direct action creates a powerful, successful and life-changing action in the face of enormous odds. One action can change the political landscape and radicalise a new generation if done correctly. Each person who speaks in this book has their own experiences to impart of how direct action, for them, established the connection between realisation and action. Not surprisingly, each voice in this book is an assessment of the effect of the devastation caused by corporate and state opposition both as a direct and indirect assault on the world in a globalist arena, and their assessments are sobering. There is a task ahead to build a movement so to create a new economy and a healthy environment. One that protects human, non-human and planetary rights. There are many smaller campaigns ahead of each one of us involved in the struggle and we deserve to learn the truth of what we are up agai

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