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Author Osterweil, Vicky, author.

Title In defense of looting : a riotous history of uncivil action / Vicky Osterweil.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Bold Type Books, 2020.


1 copy ordered for PAS Central Library On Order on 09-18-2020.
1 copy ordered for PAS La Pintoresca Branch On Order on 09-18-2020.
Edition First edition.
Description 279 pages ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The racial roots of property -- 2. Looting emancipation -- 3. All cops are bastards -- 4. White riot -- 5. Looted bread, stolen labor -- 6. No such thing as nonviolence -- 7. Using guns non-violently -- 8. Civil riots -- 9. The inhumanity of looters -- Conclusion : Out of the flames of Ferguson.
Summary "Looting--a crowd of people publicly, openly, and directly seizing goods--is one of the more extreme actions that can take place in the midst of social unrest. Even self-identified radicals distance themselves from looters, fearing that violent tactics reflect badly on the broader movement. However, in this deftly argued corrective, Vicky Osterweil argues that while looting is often maligned in today's society, it is, and has always been, one of our most powerful tools of dismantling capitalism and white supremacy. Stealing goods and destroying property are a direct means of wealth redistribution and a practical, immediate way of improving life for the working class-- not to mention a brazen message to the police, the state, and an unjust society. All our beliefs about the innate righteousness of property and ownership, Osterweil explains, are built on the history of anti-Black and settler oppression--meaning that belief in the right to own property is innately, structurally white supremacist. From the slave revolts that started a social revolution in the South to the more recent #BlackLivesMatter and climate change movements, Osterweil makes a convincing case for rioting and looting as weapons that bludgeon the status quo while uplifting the poor and marginalized. In Defense of Looting is a history of violent protest sparking social change a compelling reframing of radical activism and a practical vision for the redistribution of wealth, a new relationship to property, and a radically restructured society"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Riots.
Pillage -- Political aspects.
Pillage -- Social aspects.
ISBN 9781645036692 hardcover
1645036693 hardcover

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