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

By Tim Jordan

Many colleges of proposal assert that Western tradition hasn't ever been extra politically apathetic. Tim Jordan's Activism! refutes this declare. In his strong polemic, Jordan indicates how acts of civil disobedience have come to dominate the political panorama. simply because we inhabit this type of speedy altering, high-tech and fragmented tradition, the single-issue political hobbies and sturdy, conservative specialists of the earlier 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 us, from Australia to South the United States, from the Left to the correct, 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 contains a brand new ethics of dwelling for the twenty first century.

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History is pressed into service for visions that point us to a better society. A second politics looks to the future and the unknown. This is where we find activism!. In a strict sense, movements that aim to create the future by going back in time re-act. Thus it is no surprise that most such movements are reactionary and at least flirt with authoritarianism. This does not mean that they are backward; they can often be as advanced in their use of technology or forms of organization, for instance, as any other movement.

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!? And, as each action is created, what roads must blocked, what dates set, what activists notified and mobilized and what banners furled before their day in the sun?

It may strike some as ironic that within the collective imagination of the Patriot movement the American government assumes the place of the British colonial oppressor, but this is an accurate representation of how the movement conceives itself and its enemy. This ideal of small-community based freedom is also often, though not always, used to justify attacks on feminists for undermining the traditional family, on Jews for controlling and developing the New World Order and on non43 TRANSGRESSION Whites for supporting a government that pays them off in welfare.

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