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(en) Workers Solidarity #79 - Book Review - Voices from the Ecological Resistance - Do or Die - vol 10

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 3 Feb 2004 08:38:53 +0100 (CET)


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'Do or Die' is a hefty book-sized magazine that has been published
about once a year since 1992. Issue ten, the most recent issue, is
also, due to accumulating debt, the last issue and if you haven't
seen it yet I strongly advise you to check it out.
With its roots firmly in the British Earth First! (EF! - radical
eco-activists) scene Do or Die has been an incredible source of
information and analysis. Containing articles on theory, discussions
about practice and accounts of actions as well as reports on
various struggles and movements in different parts of the world the
magazine has been probably my favourite read of the last few years.

The beauty of Do or Die is that it doesn't fall into any narrow
category, it's neither an abstract journal of theory, where various
intellectuals throw furniture around their ivory towers, nor is it
merely a place to report on events that have taken place. Therefore,
actions aren't just publicised, they're discussed, their merits and
pitfalls are highlighted and the lessons to be learned are pointed
out.

Throughout its history in Britain, Earth First! has developed from a
direct action environmental movement into 'a network of
revolutionaries'. Do or Die has mirrored this change and its pages
have been one of the few places where the effects of change have
been articulated and developed. The series does more than just
document history, its pages show the different (sometimes
contradictory) currents of thought, the events which provoked
change and the reasons why certain tendencies or tactics came
about.

Coming in at over 380 pages the latest issue is no exception.
Contents include a history of EF! In Britain and ideas on how it
should develop, accounts of campaigns and resistance movements
across Central and South America and beyond, and various debates
and articles about the 'scene' in the UK: the advantages and
disadvantages of legal and squatted social spaces, campaigns
against genetic engineering, peat extraction and animal abusers, the
need for prisoner solidarity and a great section on zines. Top this
off with articles on Palestine Solidarity, feminist health projects, an
introduction to Insurrectionary Anarchism, a sometimes hilarious
letters section and more reviews than you can shake a stick at and
you have something well worth reading at a very reasonable price.

It's not all perfect however. There's an interview with an activist
which focuses on spirituality and another which overly romanticizes
the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, both of which I had problems with.
There's a couple of other small things but on balance the positives
far outweigh the negatives and I'd urge everyone to have a look.

See http://www.eco-action.org/dod for ordering information and
online articles.

by Padraic O Sullivan
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See also Anarchism, ecology and the environment
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