Joyful militancy

building resistance in toxic times (Anarchist interventions -- 07)

316 pages

English language

Published Jan. 23, 2017

OCLC Number:
1013704927

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5 stars (2 reviews)

"Why do radical movements and spaces sometimes feel laden with fear, anxiety, suspicion, self-righteousness, and competition? Montgomery and Bergman call this phenomenon rigid radicalism: congealed and toxic ways of relating that have seeped into social movements, posing as the "correct" way of being radical. In conversation with organizers and intellectuals from a wide variety of political currents, the authors explore how rigid radicalism smuggles itself into radical spaces, and how it is being undone."--Back of cover.

1 edition

worth the read, but lengthy

4 stars

ok so I really liked this book in the beginning, but the authors repeat the main talking points over and over, which was a little tiresome. still, it had a lot of eye-openers and I liked the general direction, idea & tone of it.

there is also a critique up on the anarchist library: theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anon-on-the-poverty-of-joyful-militancy

I am not a great fan of lumping everything one fights against into one big thing and calling it Empire... I think most thoughts in the book would have gained some clarity if it had called capitalism, racism, patriarchy, etc. by their name.

Subjects

  • Radicalism
  • Social movements