Book Reviews

  • Review

    Words Matter

    Kelly Fritsch, Clare O’Connor, and AK Thompson, eds., Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (Oakland: AK Press, 2016). What then is time?” Augustine wondered in his Confessions. “If no one asks me, I know; if I wish to explain it to one that asketh, I know…

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    Transforming the World, Transforming Ourselves

    On October 5, 2015, Grace Lee Boggs passed away at the age of 100. A revolutionary, author, social activist, feminist, and philosopher, G.L. Boggs was a coordinating figure who played a key role in many political movements in the US since the 1940s. For this issue of Upping the Anti we wanted to com…

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    Anti Fascism: 100 Years in the Streets

    A review of M. Testa, Militant Anti-Fascism. AK Press, 2015; and Dave Hann, Physical Resistance. Zero Books, 2013. “Make America Great Again.” It was as if no one saw it coming until the rhetoric of palingenetic ultranationalism, what Roger Griffin labeled the core “nationalist myth” that dr…

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    Confronting Injustice

    From Individual Activists to Collective Organizers

    Precisely at a time when we need it most, bold and imaginative activism has made itself difficult to find. It is not the case that activism in general is short in supply. One finds, in fact, that activist ideals and vocabulary have securely made their way into everyday life. But this has happened in…

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    Undocumented: Making State Violence & Professional Complicity Visible

    Undocumented is a powerful book that leaves you feeling uncomfortable. Pages are filled with sketches by author Tings Chak, who documents the interior and exterior of migrant detention facility spaces which are usually unseen or invisible within Canada and other nation-states. Chak’s drawings are…

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    Resurgence not Recognition

    My experience with Indigenous struggle has been through solidarity and support work as a member of migrant justice, anti-capitalist, and queer movements in Toronto. So when I was asked to contribute a review of Dene scholar Glen Coulthard’s book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politi…

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    Critique and Experimentation: Anti-Authoritarian Organizing Strategies in Anglo-America

    The world is running amok. Police-based, economic, military, political, and environmental crises assault the masses of humanity with increasing frequency and intensity. People are struggling. From police shootings of racialized youth to people losing their homes, from the disproportionate burden of…

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    Liberation as Medicine

    Lessons from Radical Health Workers

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    Gay Gentrification and the Thin Pink Line

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    Making Alternative Worlds: Journeys into Third Space

    In many of the anarchist and feminist spaces of which I have been a part, narratives of the rise of women of colour feminisms were uncritically adopted from mainstream feminist history. Because of this, the work of feminists of colour was often articulated as “anti-racist feminism.” As I studied…