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They Will Beat the Memory Out of Us

They Will Beat the Memory Out of Us

Forcing Nonviolence on Forgetful Movements

by Peter Gelderloos

How does nonviolence fail our movements?

In the face of ecological crisis, police repression and white supremacy, there is an apparent lack of options for effective resistance. Here, Peter Gelderloos brings to life some of the conflictive and subversive events of the last couple of decades in a radical new criticism of nonviolence.

The book weaves history, vignettes, interviews and personal reflections to show how our movements suffer from an inability to pass on lessons learned from one generation to the next.

Learning from the antiracist rebellions triggered by police murders from Minneapolis to Bristol, and the climate campaigns that often fail to centre an anticolonial consciousness, we can understand nonviolence as a symptom of social amnesia, an inability to remember our places in this world and what we have learned from past episodes of resistance.

Cautioning against future waves of pacification and forgetting, this book urges us to collectivise memory and develop the methods we need to fight for our survival.

Peter Gelderloos is a writer and social movement participant. He is the author of The Solutions are Already Here: Strategies for Ecological Revolution from Below, How Nonviolence Protects the State, Anarchy Works, The Failure of Non-Violence, and Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation. He has contributed chapters to anthologies Keywords for Radicals and Riots and Militant Occupations. His books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, German, Greek and Serbo-Croat.

Introduction: Memory, Disembodied
1. They Will Beat the Memory Out of Us
The Tipping Point
Statues
Sparks
2. They Will Promise a Future They Can Never Deliver
The Snare
Regeneration
The Reset
3. But We are Here, Surviving, Remembering, Passing On the Torch
Accompaniment or Loss?
Learning From Our Ancestors
Conclusion: Surviving Together

Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2024
Paperback ISBN: 9780745349770
eBook ISBN: 9780745349794

129mm x 198mm