who's afraid of the black blocs by Francis Dupuis-Deri

Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs?: Anarchy in Action around the World

by Francis Dupuis-Déri Author

Dressed in black, masked, and forcefully attacking the symbols of capitalism, Black Bloc tactics have been transformed into an anti-globalization media spectacle. But the popular image of the window-smashing thug hides a deeper, complex reality.

Francis Dupuis-Déri outlines the origin of this international phenomenon, its dynamics, and its goals, arguing that the use of violence always takes place in context that is both ethical and strategic.

Translated into English for the first time -- and completely revised and updated to include the most recent Black Bloc actions at protests in Greece, Germany, Canada, and England, as well as the Bloc’s role in the Occupy movement and the Quebec student strike -- Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? lays out a comprehensive view of the Black Bloc tactic and history, and locates it within the anarchist tradition of direct action.