One No, Many Yeses: A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement Paperback – 22 Apr 2003
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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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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.
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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Lots of different examples of how few people can change many actions. Written in an easy read way and inspirational.Published on 28 Mar. 2009 by karen bennett