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The Master's Tools: Warfare and Insurgent Possibility
by Tom Nomad
Tactical dynamics are amoral, arational, particular dynamics of conflict, and effectiveness is the accomplishment of objectives within this dynamic of profound uncertainty and resistance. Fusing ideas and action together is always already impossible: analysis generates a space that becomes inert while tactical dynamics are always in flux in all moments, making both ...more
Published 2013 by Repartee
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Three excellent essays and accompanying appendices on the nature of US policing and the potential tactical responses to it. There is a lot in here that inspires me to believe "we can win," though I oftentimes don't actually feel that way. Additionally, there is too much of a focus on materiality. Obviously, street demos and actions will have a material effect, but I don't think that insurrection primarily exists within a material sphere. I do hope this book becomes more widespread, because I ...more
In a lot of ways this is full of sloppy language, which seem to argue against the straw men of terms debated within the anarchist discourse that exists on the internet, it is repetitive and thus prone to zoning out from, etc. This should have been much shorter, with more depth, and less language that seemed mostly present to give it the intellectual weight it lacked. Despite this it may be useful to read for a slight shakening of dominant or less critical discourses surrounding ...more
An overly dense book on police tactics and policing. Ostensibly designed to further one's understanding of how police operate in order to facilitate more strategic action, unfortunately this book is really weighed down by the author's academic writing style.