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We are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-capitalism (Notes from Nowhere Editorial) [Paperback]

Notes from Nowhere
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3 Sep 2003 Notes from Nowhere Editorial
We Are Everywhere is a whirlwind collection of writings, images and ideas for direct action by people on the frontlines of the global anticapitalist movement. This is a movement of untold stories, because those from below are not those who get to write history, even though we are the ones making it. We Are Everywhere wrenches our history from the grasp of the powerful and returns it to the streets, fields and neighbourhoods where it was made.


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  • Paperback: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; 1st Edition edition (3 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859844472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859844472
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the first book to truly capture and embody the exuberant creativity and radical intellect of the protest movements." - Naomi Klein, from the foreword "This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about our future, and weighs enough to throw at anyone who doesn't." - The Independent on Sunday "This isn't a book it's a brick with which to shatter cynicism." - Luther Blissett "An authentic document of revolution" - The Times

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most imaginative and inspiring book around 9 Jan 2004
By A Customer
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This book really gets to the bones of the anti-capitalist movement, it describes actions and groups you won't have heard of and shows how this massive network is linked in ideas and desires.
If you are to buy one book this year get this one, with hundreds of photos and short texts that are at once intelectual and clear, humourous and imaginative.
If you are interested in politics at any level this will both inform and open new ground for investigation. It will get you back out on the streets remembering why you want this whole sorry world to change.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly authentic 12 Oct 2003
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This is the first truly authentic document of the anti-capitalist movement. It is edited, written and compiled by activists who are integrally involved, and it shows. In turns inspiring, educative and full of rage, everyone on _earth_ should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How a book can change your life and the world 3 Sep 2003
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Ive rarely held a book in my hands that has provided so much inspiration. Reading stories of people struggling against globalisation from every continent filled me with a renewed sense of hope and a firm belief that we really are living in revolutionary times, times which will see the end of the system as we know it and the begginings of a new way of living for all of us.
'words are our weapons'said the zapatistas, the poetic guerillas of chiapas who kick started the global rebellion against neoliberlaism, well this book shows that words can drown out the clamor of capitalism with the most beautiful of sounds. The stories in this book made me laugh, cry, shout with anger and at one point even throw the book at the wall ( the book is beautifully presented, landscape format, with hundreds of photos, infact it feels more like a brick than a book to handle ) Rarely do we hear the voices of those on the streets, the Thai peasants blockading a mega dam, British Reclaim teh streets activists invading teh City of London, South African communities fightingprivatisation of their public services, the Argentinian workers occupying their factories..all woventogether to inspire an irresistable rebellion..
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passionate but Quixotic 4 April 2006
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This is an impassioned book, written by those with political commitments all too lacking among society at large in postmodern consumer societies. However, I do have a problem with the automaticity of the "we" of "we are everywhere", because it strikes me that the millennial wave of mass summit demonstrations is taken as evidence of a de facto social movement, whereas all the evidence suggests that this is rather a demographically skewed entity, overwhelmingly student and middle-class. As a further point, as mass demonstrations subside (as they have done recently), where does the "we" then reside? Reading through most of the material here, it seems that the movements have painted themselves into a corner whereby mass protest is necessary simply for the "we" to confirm that it exists. This is evidence of a profound lack of serious subjective articulation in terms of what the groups stand for and in terms of meanignful dialogue with conjunctural movements in locations such as Bolivia (the latter of which retained gendered forms of exclusion, furthered by its romantic valorisation among Western anarchist groups).
Furthermore, the valorisation of rhizomes of resistance is far too premature. Most contemporary social movements outside of the EZLN (which has marketed tself extremely effectively) retain more conventional structures with leaders and divisions of labour, and are simply rendered invisible here.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 26 Sep 2004
By varmint - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful little book--well, may be not so little at 500+ pages. It gives a good overview of the more radical end of the global justice movement (aka, the "so-called anti-globalization movement"), with its emphasis on openness to multiple viewpoints; direct, participatory democracy; direct action; etc. It's divided into six sections, each of which starts by an analytical but accessible essay by the collective members--"Emergence: An Irresistable Global Uprising", "Networks: The Ecology of the Movement", "Power: Building it Without Taking it", etc. Each section then follows with a number of brief pieces, interviews with or articles by people involved the global justice movement, from all over the world. If you are depressed about what a mess the world is in, this can provide some inspirational reading. It will also provide a good overview of the radical wing of the global justice movement, as much as one can provide an overview of something so complex. If you don't know much about the radical wing of the global justice movement, reading the analytical essays and some of the reports by activists from the field should give you a good feel for it. I say "should" because apparently one of the previous reviewers came away with the bizarre impression that the radical wing of the global justice movement is dominated by Marxist-Leninists. Marxist-Leninism is, thankfully, (mostly) dead. The writers in this book are inspired by anarchism, libertarian Marxism, Gandhianism, etc. The orientation is towards building radical, grassoots democracy and counter-institutions--not seizing state power; towards dialogue between multiple viewpoints--not silencing those who disagree with you; and a wariness of the trap of armed struggle, even among those who aren't pacifists--not shooting your enemies.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest and humourous roundup 9 Jan 2004
By "tumult17" - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the few books i have read on the anti-capitalist movement that covers the wide network of resistance that i have come across. They are honest enough not to prescribe detailed solutions but give enough informed thought for the reader to understand and make their own minds up.
Designed in a novel landscape format, with hundreds of pictures to break up the short texts, it is at once intelectual while also managing to be clear and exciting to read.
If you buy one book about this movement of movements get this one, you will be amazed by its breadth and imagination.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anti-globalization alive and well 11 May 2004
By "redghost37" - Published on Amazon.com
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first, the first reviewer obviously never read the book. the ideas in it are NOT communist or socialist, but ANARCHIST. a good number of the groups mention in the book are organized in a non hierarchal way.
this is a good account of the rising anti-globalization movement. with the fall of communism (and the "victory" of capitalism") came what was known as the end of history. the ant-globalism movement is bring about the end of the end of history. capitalists thought they had won when communism "fell" but all that happened was it gained a new enemy. the tatics used by the WTO, WB, IMF, and gang of 8 (G8) and multinational corporations have created an enemy multiple times larger then communism ever was; the people of the world.
people are pissed off at global capitalism, it ruins millions of lives all in the name of "progress" the elite are running scared of the people, this can be seen since J18, and N30. they now hold their summits in locations virually inaccessible to the people their policies effect. this book is a great documentation of the movement, and where the world is likely heading.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grassroots globalization 29 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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�We are Everywhere� can be considered an anthology about the current transnational anti-capitalist mobilizations by covering and drawing the connections between the diverse protest events on all five continents. Written from an activist perspective, it combines critical analysis by the authors with self-reports by movement participants. The book takes you on a journey from the harbinger of the movement to the various stages of the developing and permanently changing movement of movements.
The Zapatista uprising marked an historical point by providing new and creative ways of resistance struggle. Recognizing the global nature of their local problem, and by reaching out to a transnational social movement scene, the Zapatista movement created the embryonic cell for the emergence of a transnational network of grassroots resistance. Inspired and re-energized by the Zapatista�s call for the creation of a transnational network of resistance, the emerging links among grassroots groups around the world led to the formation of the transnational network of People�s Global Action. Through this network of loosely, anti-hierarchically, and informally connected grassroots groups, activists started to coordinate protest activities on a global scale. The Global Days of Action of concerted protest events has been an incredible manifestation of these transnational exchanges.
By chronicling the string of protest events from 1994 until 2002, the articles highlight the common and uniting features of the movement. The desire for change and the creation of a better world that does not impose a universal vision of how this world should look like, provides the glue that holds the movement together. Perusing to the fascinating and inspiring reports about movement struggles in all parts of the world, this is what the reader should take away: �One of the great strengths of this movement of movements has been its capacity to rekindle the idea of a global political project defined by notions of diversity, autonomy, ecology, democracy, self-organization and direct action�.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a more potent, concentrated, and thicker book than you would suppose 25 Jun 2009
By Akira Touya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this book is quite thick and contains ever so many examples of people fighting for themselves and for others and that which they care about. it tells the stories of people who fight against capitalism and the governments that have sworn themselves to perpetuate capitalism. this book is inspiring and has useful information for someone seeking additional information of anticapitalist movements. i am not certain it would be an enthralling read for someone who is not already interested in anticapitalism, but for someone who is, it is recommended with sincerity.
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