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Oppose and Propose by Andrew Cornell
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Jun 14, 2011

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bookshelves: anarchism-and-activism
Recommended for: active activists
Read on May 01, 2011

I wanted to write a lengthy review of this book, with quotes, as it had a lot of useful ideas inside that should be highlighted but don't necessarily justify an entire read of the book. It's now a couple weeks, three cities, and two continents since I read it, though, and I can't do it justice with a detailed review. Basically, the book provides a brief but important review of some US radical history, the Movement for a New Society, and a thoughtful reflection on the tension between lifestyle and inter-personal activism (anti-oppression work, alternative infrastructure) versus campaigns targeting institutional change.

Short and sweet, easy to skim, with a very interesting "intervention" section at the end with the author's conclusions about how the New Society's history can be useful for activists today.

The Institute for Anarchist Studies published Cornell's original article upon which he based this book, btu I really wish there was a pdf or zine of the book's last chapter.

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