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All the Power: Revolution Without Illusion

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Mark Andersen has been D.C.’s leading grassroots political activist/organizer for the past 20 years. Here, he offers guidance for young activists and also shatters the illusions that underpin much “radical” political activity.

Mark Andersen is the co-author of Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital (Akashic, 2003). He is outreach coordinator for Emmaus S
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Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Akashic Books
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Tom
Feb 19, 2010 Tom rated it liked it
This book would probably have gotten more stars if I was younger and/or had any sort of affinity with the punk scene. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking commentary on radical action in the United States in the past few decades. While I think the audience Andersen is reaching out to is more idealistic and purist than myself, and some of his conclusions come off as kind of smarmy, I appreciated his overall message that we must be very critical (while not crippling ourselves) of the organiz ...more
Tristan
Jun 14, 2007 Tristan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Punks, Activists/Organizers, Youth, Anarchists, Liberals, Socialists, Radicals, Students
A very thoughtful analysis of both how and why punks and radicals do what they do and how they go about doing it. Then Mark posses the hardest question: Are they going about it the right way?
That Mark Anderson clearly knows his shit becomes clear as he shows intimiate knowledge of both the music and culture of radicals (like the fate of Bad Brains and what to draw from that) and theories from the more heavyweight intellectuals (quotes from Audre Lorde and bell hooks are not uncommon). But this
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Give this book to your young political punk friends.
Sean
Sep 01, 2007 Sean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone+everyone
this is one of the best common-sense insights into our many problems and potentials i have ever read. the prose is a bit awkward at times (only adds to the charm?) and the political theory is probably likewise to serious academics, but i found it completely honest and hard-working toward a sincere and admirable goal.
Jim
Mar 30, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
A book that has caused me to keep coming back to some of the ideas expressed by author Mark Andersen. well worth reading.
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Jun 15, 2007 Elana Brochin rated it it was amazing
hey he's my boss, right? :)
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Mark Andersen is a punk rock activist and author who lives in Washington D.C.. He was born and raised in rural Montana, and moved to Washington D.C. in 1984 to attend graduate school at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Andersen co-founded of the punk activist organization Positive Force D.C. in 1985. He is the director of the We Are Family Group, a division of Wash
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