Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism

Taking Sides Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism Taking Sides is than a book it s a politic aimed at the heart of every radical struggling against a racist state Luis A Fernandez author of Policing DissentTaking Sides is a critical response to divi

  • Title: Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism
  • Author: Cindy Milstein
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 422
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  • Taking Sides is than a book it s a politic aimed at the heart of every radical struggling against a racist state Luis A Fernandez, author of Policing DissentTaking Sides is a critical response to divisive debates within current movements against police violence and white supremacy, especially since Michael Brown s murder These sharp interventions ask activists Taking Sides is than a book it s a politic aimed at the heart of every radical struggling against a racist state Luis A Fernandez, author of Policing DissentTaking Sides is a critical response to divisive debates within current movements against police violence and white supremacy, especially since Michael Brown s murder These sharp interventions ask activists to avoid easy and safe answers and take on the hard work of building real grassroots solidarity across racial lines.Cindy Milstein is author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations Her essays have appeared Realizing the Impossible, Confronting Capitalism, and Globalize Liberation.

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    1. As a white person attempting to unlearn the propaganda and lies I've been taught for decades I find myself falling back into the "one way" fallacy. That there is one right way for me (or all of us) to address white supremacy. Also, that there is one leader to guide us. This collection is one I'm going to need to keep revisiting as I continue to slide back into that thinking. There is not one way to fight for change. This collection is varied in it's approaches and gives many ideas for ways to en [...]

    2. 3 stars because the essays are rather inconsistent in quality. Some, like the final one, are extremely good. Others could use some editing and are at times self-contradicting. But I recommend this book to any interested in free speech, protest, solidarity, and/or political action. You might disagree with some of what's written but it's extremely thought-provoking and very worthwhile.

    3. This is a crucial collection for people interested in anarchist and radical politics. The anthology contains several important contributions to the debate over ally politics.The only downside is that if you follow contemporary anarchist debates, nearly all of these have been published online, in zines, or in various publications.

    4. I wish I could give it 3.5 starts since I thought some essays were great and some were less so. But regardless of the varying thoughtfulness of the articles, the discussion is crucial. Anyone who has struggled with what it means to be an "ally," how to let the people most affected drive things without being coopted by conservatives, what to do about the nonprofit industrial complex, how to deal with behavior policeould read it and let it be the start of a useful conversation about how to manage [...]

    5. This is a book version of a zine that was produced during the Ferguson uprisings, which is about all the context you need. Collection of militant essays critiquing ally & privilege politics and talking about what concrete solidarity across race, class, and gender lines can look like. Every organizer - especially those deep inside the non-profit industrial complex - should read this and reflect on how we can be creating the world that we want to see in the conditions we're in today.

    6. An interesting read on ally politics, provides viewpoints I hadn't previously thought about and makes the reader analyze their role in recent events, namely the Ferguson and Oakland riots. Some essays were more impactful than others, and some discussed topics I wasn't very knowledgeable in, but it definitely intrigued me and has me interested in branching out to read more books or zines like it.

    7. This book, released as an intervention to the complex issues rising out of the "Black Lives Mater" movement, helped to open my perspective when it comes to allies. Some ideas are radical, some just common sense, but if you don't feel like you need to change, or at least open to new ways os enacting solidarity and affinity then I'm not sure we read the same book

    8. Overall a great collection of essays with varying leftist views on solidarity. These essays can be found online, but it's nice to have a physical copy to reference.

    9. A must read for organizers. This is the kind of stuff we all need to understand if we are going to build a broad movement based on solidarity.

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