Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Available Soon: “Confrontations” by Kristian Williams

Available Early December 2007:

CONFRONTATIONS: Selected Journalism

By Kristian Williams
Foreword by Ward Churchill

“The theme of the articles collected here is the complex relationship
between ideas and what could broadly be called force—not merely violence,
but the whole spectrum of tactics that one side in a conflict uses to
disrupt the other. That includes sabotage, vandalism, blockades, boycotts,
and strikes—but also infiltration, intimidation, arrests, and
“No one has a monopoly on direct action.… Winning in politics means
something more than having the best argument, the most votes, or the
biggest gun.”
—Kristian Williams, from his Introduction.

“Confrontations” collects together for the first time Kristian Williams’
essays examining political control in the United States. Williams, through
his journalism, uncovers the deep connections between liberal ideals of
democracy, and repression on the streets of America. The population is not
simply kept in line by violence, or conned by politicians, Williams
argues, but subject to overlapping methods of ideological manipulation and
physical restraint. The writings in this collection—many of which
previously appeared in publications such as Clamor, Dissent, CounterPunch
and the Earth First! Journal—expose the connections between liberal
discourse, insurgency and counterinsurgency, and government crackdowns on
dissent. This collection features a new introduction by Williams, setting
forth the lessons of earlier “anti-globalization” and anti-war movements,
which must now be grappled with by any sustained efforts for social
change. Each of the collection’s three sections—“Disreputable Action”,
“The Criminalization of Anarchism”, and “Crowd Control”—also feature new
commentary by the author.

Kristian Williams is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power
in America (2004, reprinted 2007) and American Methods: Torture and the
Logic of Domination (2006), which has been short-listed this year for the
Oregon Book Award. Williams is a member of Rose City Copwatch in Portland,
Oregon, and is currently working on a book about Oscar Wilde and
anarchism. Information on Williams’ previous two books is available at the
South End Press website:

Ward Churchill, who contributed the foreword for this collection, is the
author, co-author or editor of over twenty books on indigenous issues,
history, media criticism and politics. He is a member of the autonomous
American Indian Movement chapter of Denver, Colorado. In July 2007,
Churchill was dismissed from his teaching position at the University of
Colorado under flimsy pretexts, as the result of a far-Right campaign
against dissenting voices on campus. For more information, see:

Kristian Williams’ “Confrontations” collection is available for five
dollars postpaid.
(80 page printed pamphlet with cardstock cover.)

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