Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means

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Harper Collins, Oct 11, 2005 - Philosophy - 752 pages
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Twenty-three years in the making, Rising Up and Rising Down (the original, published by McSweeney's in October 2003, spans seven volumes) is a rich amalgam of historical analysis, contemporary case studies, anecdotes, essays, theory, charts, graphs, photographs and drawings. Convinced that there is "a finite number of excuses" for violence and that some excuses "are more valid than others," Vollmann spent two decades consulting hundreds of sources, scrutinizing the thinking of philosophers, theologians, tyrants, warlords, military strategists, activists and pacifists. He also visited more than a dozen countries and war zones to witness violence firsthand -- sometimes barely escaping with his life.

Vollmann makes deft use of these tools and experiences to create his Moral Calculus, a structured decision-making system designed to help the reader decide when violence is justifiable and when it is not.

 

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Contents

Defense of Animals
251
The Moral Calculus of Kate Danaher animal rights
253
Continuum of violent individual selfdefense 1
258
Whack Em and Stack Em USA
271
The MoralExpedient Calculus of Cicero 66 B C
275
The Moral Calculus of Virginia Animal Liberation Front
289
Continuum of defense of animals 11
293
Defense of Gender
309

Punishment
73
Where Do My Rights End? excerpt
81
Where Do My Rights Begin? excerpt
102
With Their Hands on Their Hearts Afghanistan
103
Defense of Class
117
Simplified Class Relations in an Ant Nest 11
123
A Marxist View 11
130
List of Moral and Expedient Calculi
132
The Last Generation Cambodian America
141
Everybody Likes Americans Yemen
143
SelfDefense
145
Continuum of defense of homeland III
148
Loyalty Compulsion and Fear
149
VOLUME MC
151
The Six Class Divisions of the United States
153
B A Summary History of the Khmer Rouge to 1997
165
Kickin It Cambodian America
167
Defense ofClass
168
Defense of Ground
169
Class Composition of the Peasantry Before the Russian
175
Proposal for the Termination of Opium Production
177
Solving
182
F Ethnic Relations in Yugoslavia During World War II
187
Sadism and Expediency
191
Statistics
192
G Biljana Plavsics Version of How the Bosnian
203
Defense of the Earth
207
NORTH AMERICA 19882000
209
The Moral Calculus of Earth First ca 1980present III
213
Sadism Masochism and Pleasure
215
Chances of Joining
222
You Gotta Be a Hundred Percent Right USA
223
FATE
227
The Moral Calculus of the Coalition for Direct Action
236
Inevitability
237
Defense of Authority
241
List of Continua
246
The Two Faces of Authority 11
247
Continuum of defense of the earth III
248
EUROPE 1992 1994 1998
325
Murder For Sale USA
337
Defense of Race and Culture
345
Guns in the USA
353
The Moral Calculus of John Brown 185659 11
355
Defense Against Traitors
357
Where Are all the Pretty Girls? ExYugoslavia
365
Continuum of defense against traitors III
372
SOUTH AMERICA 1999 2000
373
Hypothetical Identity Distinctions of a Huron Indian
381
A North Carolina Moral Calculus of Homicide
390
The War Never Came Here ExYugoslavia
397
Defense of the Revolution
399
Possible Interpretations of Martin Luther King 11
413
Fate
416
PERCEPTION AND IRRATIONALITY
417
The Moral Calculus of Martin Luther King 195568 11
421
Evaluations
425
Remember the Victim
432
The Moral Calculus
438
Defense of Creed
441
A Utilitarian Summation of the Conquest
444
Moral Transparency and Opacity in the Creed of Cortes 11
458
The Avengers of Kosovo Yugoslavia
467
AFRICA 1993 2001
501
STUDIES IN CONSEQUENCES
533
Europe
598
Africa
637
North America
660
Annotated Table of Contents to the Unabridged Edition
707
VOLUME III
710
Defense of War Aims 5
716
When is forcible redistribution in the service of equality
725
Defense of Homeland 109
726
Acknowledgments
727
Introduction 5
733
Permissions
734
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William T. Vollmann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories, and a seven-volume critique of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down. He is also the author of Poor People, a worldwide examination of poverty through the eyes of the impoverished themselves; Riding Toward Everywhere, an examination of the train-hopping hobo lifestyle; and Imperial, a panoramic look at one of the poorest areas in America. He has won the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction, a Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award. His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, Spin and Granta. Vollmann lives in Sacramento, California.

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