Move over Abbie Hoffman, here’s the book you need to read while planning the revolution.Wes “Scoop” Nisker, author of Crazy Wisdom
Your actions should speak for themselves. They should make immediate, natural sense to onlookers. They should have an obvious logic to the outside eye.
The alienation effect was Brecht’s principle of using innovative theatrical techniques to “make the familiar strange” in order to provoke a social-critical audience response.
Anti-oppression practice provides a framework for constructively addressing and changing oppressive dynamics as they play out in our organizing.
Capitalism is a profit-driven economic system rooted in inequality, exploitation, dispossession and environmental destruction.
There is nothing natural or inevitable about money, debt, property rights, or markets; they are symbolic systems that derive their efficacy from collective belief. Activists should inspire radical hope by exposing the mutability of these social relationships.
Politics is not only fought out in state houses, workplaces or on battlefields, but also in the language we use, the stories we tell, and the images we conjure — in short, in the ways we make sense of the world.
Today’s class consciousness falls increasingly along debtor-creditor lines rather than worker-capitalist lines.
By exposing the connections between social justice and environmental issues we can most effectively challenge abuses of power that disproportionately target indigenous and other economically and politically disenfranchised communities.
To be politically effective, activists need to engage in spectacle. By keeping to certain principles, our spectacles can be ethical, emancipatory, and faithful to reality.
Political action tends to be driven by one of two different motivations: expressing an identity, and winning concrete changes. It’s important to know the difference, and to strike a balance between the two.