Posted 6 years ago on Sept. 23, 2011, 6:29 p.m. EST by DanRose
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No matter how wedded you are to the ideal of nonviolence, I recommend reading this book, even if only to clarify in your own mind what nonviolence actually is.
“As a nonviolent activist, perhaps I should have been offended by the title of Peter Gelderloos’ new book, How Nonviolence Protects the State, or by chapter headings like ‘Nonviolence is Deluded.’ And yet upon finishing this book, which attempts to systematically tear down many of the values and strategies to which I’ve devoted the last 20 years of my life, I found myself strangely exhilarated: the revolution is alive.” — Sue Frankel-Streit, review on Richmond IMC
“Peter’s exploration of how power is upheld by the privileged through ideological nonviolence challenges white middle class activists to question if they are truly committed to solidarity with oppressed peoples.” — Jason Lydon, Congregational Director, Community Church of Boston