This is an amazing book by Ward Churchill. It totally deconstructs the Pacifist arguments that Social Change is possible through Pacifist means only. Born out of Churchill's own frustrations and experiences it resonates with the other 2 writers participating in this AK Press edition: Mike Ryan and Derrick Jensen. According to this book, Pacifism is delusional, racist, and hypocritical. Delusional in the sense that believes it can determine the nature of the struggle, when historically and logically it cannot. Racist in the sense that by removing itself from other forms of the struggle or denying other possible tactics, removes the buffer from the ones in the receiving end of the spectrum-normally poor third world people or first world inner city ghetto people who most times don't have other means to face the violence but opposing it with similar actions. By leaving these fringes of populace unprotected through the removal of "white-college student pc wannabees" it effectively exposes the poor communities to be singled out and dealt with in violence.
Hypocritical as in the 60's as it refuses to take arms while supporting (morally only) the people who take arms in the 3rd world like the NLF (Vietnamese), under the pretext that the time is not ripe for here and now. The book then questions the achievements and the perceived notions of Ghandi's and MLK;s actions. This a a must read!!! Check it in the WRITTEN section. You can have access to the Audio files here.
This is the long awaited Gabriel Kuhn's book on the political aspects of the Straight edge. This book is a breath of fresh air after numerous boring and superficial books and documentaries that focus again and again ad nauseaum in the more superficial and narrow aspects of this subculture. At least there is a piece of work that tries to encompass what is according to us the most intelligent, active and interesting aspects of the edge. The book is not perfect. no book ever is, but it deserves your reading and reflection. At least a book that doesn't give a fuck about the american scene and licking the boots of the same old boring brain-dead scenesters. The bias present in many of the latest documentaries is finally discarded by this piece of work. A new bias came in. Welcome! good effort. Congratulations Mr. Kuhn.