This book calls for new attention to non-traditional forms of emancipatory tactics and welcomes to the fold all manner of ‘everyday’ expressions of anti-authoritarianism.
Capitalism has taken the mask off. Elites feel less obliged to pursue strategies of popular legitimization. The traditional institutions of representative democracies are thus hollowing out and stand before us corrupted and broken. In this milieu, the prospects for a democratic entering of the state are seen as increasingly fantastical, and the Left is advised instead to adopt a more tactical posture. These expressions can run the gamut, from the more obviously theatrical antics of ‘The Yes Men’ to those of ‘black bloc,’ and other direct-action militant groups, already well-known from their interventions in the cities of Berkeley and Charlottesville. This volume addresses this problem via the concept of tactics. The point is less to prescribe an ideal range of tactics but rather to consider a broader range of resistances—from the struggles of indigenous peoples to those who seek refuge from gender or citizenship-based discrimination to those who seek to defend “black lives” from militarized policing.
Tactics and Emancipation in the Age of Authoritarian Neoliberalism will be a beneficial read for students and scholars of Critical Political Science, International Relations, and International Political Economy. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of New Political Science.
Introduction: The Question of Tactics in an Age of Authoritarian Neoliberalism
Nicholas Kiersey and William W. Sokoloff
1. Taking a Knee: Neoliberalism, Radical Imaginaries, and the NFL Player Protest
Courtenay W. Daum
2. You Can’t Handicraft the Apocalypse: The Invidious Consequences of "Opting Out"
3. Beyond a Spectacular Image of the Working Class
James Calder and Charlie Umland
4. Revolutionary Accounting? Methods and Possibilities in Critical Strategy
5. Disentangling Neoliberalism from Leadership Education: Critical Approaches to Leadership Learning and Development in Higher Education
Brandon W. Kliewer
6. The Great American Rights Bake Off: Freedom of Religion v. Freedom from Discrimination
Chelsea Ebin and J. Ricky Price
7. Building Long Term Power in Rural America: Identity Construction, Elections, and Movement Work
Biko Koenig and Lee Scaralia
8. Between Parliamentarism and Armed Insurrection: Marxist Political Theory and the Doctrine of the Long Civil War
Clyde W. Barrow