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One No, Many Yeses: A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement [Paperback]

Paul Kingsnorth
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22 April 2003
A manifesto, an investigation, a travel book: an introduction to the new politics of resistance which shows there's much more to the anti-globalisation movement than trashing Starbucks. It could turn out to be the biggest political movement of the twenty-first century: a global coalition of millions, united in resisting an out-of-control global economy, and already building alternatives to it. It emerged in Mexico in 1994, when the Zapatista rebels rose up in defiance of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The West first noticed it in Seattle in 1999, when the World Trade Organisation was stopped in its tracks by 50,000 protesters. Since then, it has flowered all over the world, every month of every year. The 'anti-capitalist' street protests we see in the media are only the tip of its iceberg. It aims to shake the foundations of the global economy, and change the course of history. But what exactly is it? Who is involved, what do they want, and how do they aim to get it? To find out, Paul Kingsnorth travelled across four continents to visit some of the epicentres of the movement. In the process, he was tear-gassed on the streets of Genoa, painted anti-WTO puppets in Johannesburg, met a tribal guerrilla with supernatural powers, took a hot bath in Arizona with a pie-throwing anarchist and infiltrated the world's biggest gold mine in New Guinea. Along the way, he found a new political movement and a new political idea. Not socialism, not capitalism, not any 'ism' at all, it is united in what it opposes, and deliberately diverse in what it wants instead -- a politics of 'one no, many yeses'. This movement may yet change the world. This book tells its story.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (22 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743220269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743220262
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Looking back on my work over the last fifteen years or so, I think that my writing is primarily about two things: connection and loss.

The connections are those between people and places, people and power, people and nature. Here in the West, we have built (or, more likely, accidentally slid into over time) a strange culture of disconnection: increasingly cut off from nature, from our history and provenance, from each other, from the wild reality outside the bubble of our civilisation. We have built a culture of consumer isolation, and I am haunted by the losses which this has brought about. I want to know what has been lost, what is left, what it means.

I have published two books of political non-fiction and one collection of poetry. Two novels sit unpublished and unloved on my hard drive. I am currently finishing a third, which I hope to publish in 2012. I have also written a lot of journalism and far too many blogs, and am co-founder of a literary and cultural movement - the Dark Mountain project ( - for which I wrote a manifesto and edit an ongoing series of books. More on all of this can be found on my website at:

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'As if Alex Garland has taken Naomi Klein on holiday . . . [Kingsnorth's] voice is accessible, impassioned and persuasive' -- Esquire

About the Author

Paul Kingsnorth was born in 1972, and is a writer and campaigner. He studied history at Oxford University and was formerly Deputy Editor of the ECOLOGIST, the world's longest-running and most widely-read environmental magazine. In July 2001 the NEW STATESMAN identified him as one of Britain's 'Top 10 Troublemakers'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I was obviously in need of an Education 26 April 2003
Having just come off Naomi Klein's "Fences and Windows" and John Pilger's "The New Rulers of the World", I bought this book as it was the newest release in the same section. I read it in three sittings.
And then sat back in the sincere belief I've wasted my life.
Paul Kingsnorth avoids the cliched traps of soapboxing, political preaching and obvious moralising. Instead he's written a powerful account of his travels to the Hotspots at the heart of -as he calls it- "The Movement". He's been to Chiapas to meet the Zapatistas, the people who originally lit the touchpaper and refused to stand back and he was in Genoa when the Itialian Cops went on the rampage during the G8 summit. He's been there, he's seen it, he may not have bought the T-shirt but he kept his notebook handy and I, for one, am very glad. This is someone who cares about his subject, is concerned about the people who place themselves at the front line and conveys these feelings to his readers with admirable ease. The writing is urgent and vital, the stories are exciting, frightening, complex and inspiring. It all comes down to the human spirit and its refusal to lie down, to the hope that tomorrow can be a better day and that true unity does exist.
I've been recommending it to everyone I know, it should be required reading at schools.
Seriously, order it now. It's such an eye opener.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pro not anti 4 Jun 2003
I really wanted to get to know why people protest outside meetings of the WTO and the G8 summit. I wanted to know about the anti-globalisation movement. What this book does is quite superb.
Kingsnorth has travelled around the world to Brazil, South Africa, USA and other places and has met fascinating characters, each of whom is trying to make a difference in their own part of the world. What comes across is that the global resistance movement is somehow not "global", while still worldwide. Each movement the author encounters is doing something specific for their own people, such as obtaining land for dispossessed farmers in Brazil or struggling to provide basic amenities in South Africa. What the author is quick to point out is that despite the localisation of all these movements, they strike a common chord with each other. They all face the same problem, namely, the removal of power from governing bodies to hugely influential corporations and trade organisations.
The author also tries to make it clear that the movement we see on our TV screens is not anti-everything, as the media sometimes makes them out to be, but instead, pro-many things.
This is a fascinating insight into many worthy causes, which we never hear about in the media. We only see the riots and tear gas. Instead there is much more that should be reported on, as is valiantly attempted by the author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on this topic 4 Jun 2006
I have to say this is one of the best books i've read about the globalization issue. It is immensely easy to read and has many diverse examples from around the world of people fighting back to reclaim or protect their community. Where this book excels in by offering suggestions of things you can do to help so you're not left feeling totally helpless, as I have done after other books of a similar ilk. This is a fantastic book and essential reading in this genre.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 15 April 2003
Globalisation is becoming such a prominent movement across the world that I just had to know more. This book was exactly what I wanted - A fascinating insight into global resistance with a pinch of travel thrown in. I really couldn't put it down - it has been written to give more information to those that know the subject but also serves as an easy introduction for those of us who are only beginning to understand the issues. An inspiring piece of work.
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