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The End of Protest

A New Playbook for Revolution

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Is protest broken? Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so. Disruptive tactics have failed to halt the rise of Donald Trump. Movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to environmentalism are leaving activists frustrated. Meanwhile, recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.
In The End of Protest Micah White heralds the future of activism. Drawing on his unique experience with Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, White articulates a unified theory of revolution and eight principles of tactical innovation that are destined to catalyze the next generation of social movements. 
Despite global challenges—catastrophic climate change, economic collapse and the decline of democracy—White finds reason for optimism: the end of protest inaugurates a new era of social change. On the horizon are increasingly sophisticated movements that will emerge in a bid to challenge elections, govern cities and reorient the way we live. Activists will reshape society by forming a global political party capable of winning elections worldwide. 
In this provocative playbook, White offers three bold, revolutionary scenarios for harnessing the creativity of people from across the political spectrum. He also shows how social movements are created and how they spread, how materialism limits contemporary activism, and why we must re-conceive protest in timelines of centuries, not days.
Rigorous, original and compelling, The End of Protest is an exhilarating vision of an all-encompassing revolution of revolution.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 07, 2016 – High-profile activist White, former editor of Adbusters and co-creator of the original Occupy Wall Street proposal, believes revolution is around the corner. But anyone looking to break their shackles of oppression will find little help in this hodgepodge of academic theorizing, first person heroics, new age shibboleths, and back to the land romanticism. Some would agree that North American protest movements are in a rut, but White's rejection of past approaches to social change is contradictory. His futuristic scenarios rely on tired tactics electoral politics, social media memes, the Internet as revolutionary force multiplier that he dismisses elsewhere as limited or unworkable. His rallying cry to form a singular social organism "the people" could well be used by totalitarians of the left and right. White's style, an earnest combination of PhD thesis, didactic megaphone rant, and revolutionary cheerleading, is reminiscent of Yippie Abbie Hoffman (sans humor), especially his focus on the medium helping to create the message. White's cherry-picked history and theory of revolution lacks insightful analysis of significant grassroots movements of the past half century and is missing the evidentiary foundation to support his thesis. The book may appeal to armchair activists but won't help those on the front lines of dangerous actions, such as Latin American peasants on the front line resisting mining multinationals.
The End of Protest
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Politics & Current Events
  • Published: Mar 15, 2016
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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