Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today
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Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today

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The series of demonstrations since Seattle have crystallised a new trend in left-wing politics. Popular support across the world for the Zapatista uprising and the enthusiasm which it has inspired has led to new types of protest movement that ground their actions on both Marxism and Anarchism. These movements are fighting for radical social change in terms that have nothin...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 20th 2002 by Pluto Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Although the paperback art (featured on this page) is hardly betrays it, this book is a powerful contribution to the discussion of power and social change. Although certainly not removed from the Marxist intellectual lineage, Holloway allows for more time with the more difficult concepts and provides an extensive bibliography to orient the reader towards the origin of his own academic frameworks. If you have a basic understanding of historical /dialectical materialism, class consciousness, and...more
John Holloway's book for me has joined Silvia Federici's "Caliban and the Witch" and Gabor Mate's "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts" as the three most ideologically clarifying books i've yet encountered. I led a reading group on this book, and I think it impacted all of us. It's a work of philosophy, for sure, so at times it can be hard to follow (the chapters on "fetishisation" especially). But in essence, Holloway is searching for a theory of social change, and in dissecting the Leninist/state so...more
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Jul 09, 2008 Sara-Maria Sorentino marked it as to-read
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I was suggested this book to read but, judging the book by the cover, instead left the loaned copy forgotten on my shelf and gathering dust for months. The day before I had to return it, I ended up reading the first chapter. I didn't get very far in, one because i had to return it and two because it left me bawling on the floor. This response makes me at least nod to the need to reassess what I think I feel about quite a few things—'change' being one of the more sticky ones.

'the scream' of refu...more
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3.5--i really need to read this again or read it in a group. Group discussion would have helped me on this. The beginning is great--i love the concept of the scream. the end is great and humorous--wonderful. I definitely want to read more Holloway. I like the idea of anti-power and really tried to understand how it exists in the world. And i think i understood it. I felt like in the middle was the hardest--philosophical argumentation coupled with the nuances of marxist thought, economics and the...more
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If the title of this book appeals to you the book as a whole will probably really speak to you. I liked this a lot. It was a lot more complicated than I thought it might be, in a good way.
only read a 4 page essay from it (the 2nd Chapter: Beyond the State?) and it changed my life

but yenno, giving only a 5 star positive review is unintelligent, uncritical, unnecessary, and frankly UN ALLOWED THESE DAYS.
(so i must read it all...)
necessary reading for all who still think a better world will come through achieving state power
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Unreadable. Jargon-filled and opaque.
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Sociologist, philosopher and lawyer by profession. Holloway is closely associated with Open or Autonomous Marxism and anti-globalisation movements such as the Zapatistas.

His 2002 book, Change the World Without Taking Power, has been the subject of much debate and brought him to a wider audience.
More about John Holloway...
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