By Tim Jordan
Many colleges of suggestion assert that Western tradition hasn't ever been extra politically apathetic. Tim Jordan's Activism! refutes this declare. In his strong polemic, Jordan exhibits how acts of civil disobedience have come to dominate the political panorama. simply because we inhabit one of these speedy altering, high-tech and fragmented tradition, the single-issue political routine and solid, conservative experts of the previous are continuously being wondered. conventional political battles were changed by way of the preferred, collective practices of a brand new political activism. From Europe to the united states, from Australia to South the United States, from the Left to the perfect, Jordan introduces us to the voters who make up d-i-y tradition: eco-activists, animal liberators, neo-fascists, ravers, anti-abortionists, squatters, hunt saboteurs and hacktivists. In his view, activism includes a brand new ethics of dwelling for the twenty first century.
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Extra info for Activism!: Direct Action, Hacktivism and the Future of Society (FOCI)
We are now in a position to jump into activism! and follow its politics. This can best be done not by exploring a list of campaigns or groups, but through four different themes: direct action and dis/organization, pleasure, culture jamming and hacktivism. CHAPTER THREE Action and Dis/Organization Non-violent Direct Action and Dis/Organization What actions do transgressive movements take? What demonstrations, blocked roads and unfurled banners do they create? What ethical visions can be found within the political actions of activism!?
For example, some radical feminist demands that men and women create separate communities until men give up patriarchal habits cannot be accommodated within many current societies’ patriarchal structures. Radical environmentalists may demand that global socio-economies move completely to renewable energy sources, that people’s consumption cultures shift from ‘throwaway’ habits to recycling, and that living standards in the overdeveloped world drop, both to allow equalization all over the globe and to protect the environment; it is almost impossible to see how such a list of demands could be accommodated within existing social structures.
First, there is the interpretation of non-violence to include non-retaliation. In non-violent actions, protesters do not respond to whatever aggression is inflicted on them. In sit-ins, where people simply sit down in a place that blocks the workings of an opposition, it is common advice not to resist when police come to remove you, but simply to go as limp as you possibly can, making 57 ACTION AND DIS/ORGANIZATION yourself as heavy a dead-weight as possible. Second, and perhaps more fundamentally, powerful consequences have resulted from the belief that non-violent protests demonstrating moral superiority can lead to social change.
Activism!: Direct Action, Hacktivism and the Future of Society (FOCI) by Tim Jordan