On Fire: The Battle of Genoa and the Anti-capitalist Movement

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One-Office Press, 2001 - Social Science - 141 pages
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You've seen them on the front page of the "New York Times "and on "60 Minutes"-now hear them in their own words. With the rise of the global anti-capitalist movement, from the WTO in Seattle to the G8 in Genoa, street protesters are in the public eye. The masked and militant Black Bloc is the most visible and controversial of these protesters.

Here are the collected communiques issued periodically from within the Bloc to explain their tactics, which include property destruction and police confrontation. Articulate, feisty, smart and surprisingly funny, these communiques have circulated widely in the underground and are now available for the first time to a general audience.

A passionate manifesto in the rhetorical tradition of the Situationists, the book also includes an analysis of the meaning of Black Bloc street actions in context of the larger anti-capitalist movement, written by members of the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective. As the movement gains momentum, demand for documents like this will only increase. The Black Block Papers pulls off the neat trick of being both an important historical document and an indispensable guide to the road ahead.

With twenty pages of photos from the actions discussed, this beautifully designed and affordable book is both a collectors' item and a pocket bomb for activists of all stripes and anyone interested in the cutting edge of politics today.

These communiques were written anonymously by various members of the Black Bloc and other activist groups. Commentary was written by members of the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective who are based somewhere in the Green Mountains.

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Contents

introduction
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two reporting from the front line Brian s
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three life during wartime John Hughes
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