Activism!: Direct Action, Hacktivism and the Future of by Tim Jordan

By Tim Jordan

Many faculties of concept assert that Western tradition hasn't ever been extra politically apathetic. Tim Jordan's Activism! refutes this declare. In his robust polemic, Jordan indicates how acts of civil disobedience have come to dominate the political panorama. simply because we inhabit this kind of speedy altering, high-tech and fragmented tradition, the single-issue political activities and sturdy, conservative gurus of the earlier are continuously being puzzled. conventional political battles were changed by way of the preferred, collective practices of a brand new political activism. From Europe to the us, from Australia to South the United States, from the Left to the fitting, Jordan introduces us to the electorate 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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Changes in the law, however radical, reaffirm the process of legal change itself and legitimate the institutions of representative government that produce it. In contrast, transgression may produce a different world, creating new ways of making change. Revolutionary movements seek not new legislation, but new forms of democracy and new ways of making laws. This is an analytical distinction, of course; movements often embody both of these types of social change or some point between them. For example, feminism seeks both a radical destruction of patriarchy and legislation mandating equal pay.

Simply refusing to work both hurts the employer and sidesteps much of the employer’s usually greater legal and physical force. For the employer to recover, they have to reveal the threat they control and become violent themselves. For example, when some Polish shipyard workers went on strike and occupied their yards in 1970–71, the authorities met marches with bullets and, on a number of occasions, killed workers. The Soviet Union ordered no further firing into crowds of workers due to the political difficulties it caused; this led to both a change in leadership in the Polish state and negotiations with workers.

Simply refusing to work both hurts the employer and sidesteps much of the employer’s usually greater legal and physical force. For the employer to recover, they have to reveal the threat they control and become violent themselves. For example, when some Polish shipyard workers went on strike and occupied their yards in 1970–71, the authorities met marches with bullets and, on a number of occasions, killed workers. The Soviet Union ordered no further firing into crowds of workers due to the political difficulties it caused; this led to both a change in leadership in the Polish state and negotiations with workers.

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