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Why It's STILL Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions Paperback – 28 Jan 2013
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"A wonderful piece of journalism that tries to draw links between the Arab Spring, the Syriza movement in Greece, the Podemos movement in Spain, Occupy.' Paul Greengrass, director of Jason Bourne
"If you haven't already read Paul Mason's brilliant book Why It's Still Kicking Off Everywhere, I'd suggest you do so." - John Harris, Guardian
Compact, urgent, present-tense, declarative, and addictive. --Andy Beckett, Guardian
Concise global analysis with sympathetic news from the frontline, revealing angry and scared people staring into a bleak future amid the wreckage of shattered certainties. --Ian Birrell, Observer
Mason has emerged as possibly the most engaged mainstream journalist of our age. --George Eaton, New Statesman
“You will learn something new and challenging on every page of this book.”—Kenny Farquharson, Scotland on Sunday
“Superb overview of the global protest movements of 2011.”—New Internationalist
“An accessible insight into how the world is swiftly changing and what the implications are for women, politicians and business.”—Daily Mail
“Paul Mason’s enthusiasm and curiosity are infectious. Adapting a rich vein of leftwing revolutionary thought for the wired generation, Mason argues passionately that the old rules have been broken.”—John Kampfner, The Observer
“The mix of wide-ranging reportage and historical analysis is lively and insightful.”—Claire Allfree, Metro
“Mason has had a ringside seat to some of the biggest news events of 2011. He has listened to the protestors in Tahrir Square. He followed Greek workers marching through Athens. He has travelled through America, watched first hand the collapse of blue-collar employment and the death of the dream of home ownership.”—Guardian
“He’s lively, funny and engaging, trading in the energy derived from the thrill and significance of what he’s witnessing.”—Phil Harrison, Time Out
“This book not only reads as an in-depth consideration of global politics today, but offers a personal memoir from a man who has had a ringside seat. We are blessed that the BBC, for all the criticisms, still employs journalists whose logic and unfailing inquisitiveness brings us such analysis.”—Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal
“These reports are good journalism. One feels as if they are present at the rallies, occupations and riots that Mason describes. The anecdotal tales he provides should remind anyone who participated in any kind of popular resistance in the past decades of the energy and hope one finds and feels at such events. These are the stuff that makes one join such movements. Worthwhile and provocative.”—Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch
“A cogent, accessible analysis of the ongoing forces of global upheaval.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
PAUL MASON is the economics editor of the BBC's flagship current affairs program Newsnight. He has covered globalization and social justice stories from locations around the world, including Latin America, Africa and China, has been nominated for an Emmy for his work with BBC World News America, and has twice been nominated for the Orwell Prize for his blog Idle Scrawl. He is the author of Meltdown and Live Working or Die Fighting.
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Paul Mason is a fine writer with the knack of unpeeling the essence from interactions with those involved and from the evidence around him. Lots of questions, many answers. A great read
This book taught me much about the many uprisings around the world in recent years including the London riots of 2011.
From an historic point of view, I think we are at a turning point, in that the power structures of the super rich and the state are to some extend being challenged by the proletariat, except this time its not being called a class war, the business worlds ownership of global media will see to that, although in essence the debate 'is' about how we distribute wealth and organise our society.
The trouble with the masses is that we are an un-unified and disparate group all working against each other assisted by the mass media purposely dividing us by pampering to our prejudices about each other, whereas the super rich are united in the fight against us and they have the money, determination and patience to see the war through, plus they have army's and police forces to assist them in the process of retaining power.
Perhaps in time as the older generations are replaced with the younger ones who haven't had it so good things will change.
We are at a tipping point with so many things, global warming, carbon emissions, deforestation, energy wars oil/fracking/renewables,the endless wars instigated by America in the pursuit of dwindling oil supply's, the emerging economy's, population growth and world poverty and of course the financial crisis,
And this book goes some way to addressing some of these issues asking the two biggest questions, which are, will the networked revolution work and if so what will global corporate capitalism be replaced with?
If your interested in what's happening in the world today, this is a good read
Top international reviews
For everyone who wants to know what the hell's going on, been going on, and what's maybe to come.
A bit of history, economics and science thrown into the political Molotov too.
And really nicely written in an easy going, sometimes humorous, but always well-informed travelogue style that keeps you interested throughout.
Should be read by all the fogies who exclaim they have no idea what's going on these days or anyone who wonders what all those videos and tweets of rioters getting beaten by cops on Facebook is all about.
And let's make it compulsory reading in schools, before or maybe so the kids burn it down.