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NO, MANY YESES
a journey to the heart to the
global resistance movement
"Gripping, engaging and inspiring
- it will become a classic"
Published in six languages in thirteen
countries, One No, Many Yeses is a manifesto, an investigation
and a travel book: an introduction to the new politics
of resistance which shows there's much more to the 'anti-globalisation'
movement than trashing Starbucks.
It could turn out to be the biggest
political movement of the twenty-first century: a global
coalition of millions, united in resisting an out-of-control
global economy, and already building alternatives to
it. It emerged in Mexico in 1994, when the Zapatista
rebels rose up in defiance of the North American Free
Trade Agreement. The West first noticed it in Seattle
in 1999, when the World Trade Organisation was stopped
in its tracks by 50,000 protesters. Since then, it has
flowered all over the world, every month of every year.
The 'anti-capitalist' street protests we see in the
media are only the tip of its iceberg. It aims to shake
the foundations of the global economy, and change the
course of history.
But what exactly is it? Who is involved,
what do they want, and how do they aim to get it? To
find out, Paul Kingsnorth travelled across five continents
to visit some of the epicentres of the movement. In
the process, he was tear-gassed on the streets of Genoa,
painted anti-WTO puppets in Johannesburg, met a tribal
guerrilla with supernatural powers, took a hot bath
in Arizona with a pie-throwing anarchist and infiltrated
the world's biggest gold mine in New Guinea.
Along the way, he found a new political
movement and a new political idea. Not socialism, not
capitalism, not any 'ism' at all, it is united in what
it opposes, and deliberately diverse in what it wants
instead - a politics of 'one no, many yeses'. This movement
may yet change the world. This book tells its story.
One No, Many Yeses is published by
the Free Press