Mike Gonzalez’s Arms and the People: Popular Movements and the Military from the Paris Commune to the Arab Spring is scheduled for release in December, but is already proving quietly compelling. With Tuesday’s article in the Socialist Worker, commenced the first rumblings of interest in what promises to be a fascinating, and greatly-needed book for those contemplating, and those engaged in popular resistance around the world.
Obviously, as the publisher we would say that, but why not read the article below for a second opinion… (You can also access the original version by following this link.)
Mike Gonzalez argues that armed struggle is sometimes the only possible response to state repression.
For many, popular uprisings go wrong the moment those fighting back pick up a gun. Any sign of “militarisation” marks a turning point where a brilliant rebellion turns into a tragic civil war.
More in sorrow than in anger, it will be argued that the Read the rest of this entry »