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Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth

Published Date: September 30, 2012

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As the destruction of nature reaches new extremes, resistance becomes ever more militant. Radical environmental groups are front page news. From laboratory bombings to the destruction of ski resorts, this emerging new militancy has been steadily upping the political ante. Authorities have responded in kind, handing down unprecedented heavy prison sentences for acts of property destruction. Congressional committees have been convened, the FBI has put revolutionary environmentalists at the top of their domestic terrorism list, and the “terrorists” themselves promise bigger and more spectacular assaults in the future. This anthology features a range of voices—from academics to armed revolutionaries—that explore this new form of political struggle. The first book of it’s kind on this increasingly important topic!


“Before his 1969 assassination, Chairman Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party in Chicago famously remarked that, ‘When one of us falls, 1000 will take his place.’ This book proves Fred’s point. No matter the degree of repression visited upon it, the spirit of revolution cannot be quelled.”

— Ward Churchill, author of On the Justice of Roosting Chickens


“An unapologetic, impassioned, articulate and above all, rational defense of the militant tactics and philosophy of those on the front lines to save the earth and all its creatures. This authoritative work ought to be mandatory reading for everyone concerned with the future of creative dissent, radical change, and putting ethics into action.”

—Ramsey Kanaan, AK Press


“Finally, a serious look at the latest liberation movement from both a historical, philosophical and activist perspective. Regardless of what one thinks about the tactics of the Animal Liberation Front, this long overdue book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of the movement for animal liberation.”

—Michael Greger, MD, Chief BSE Investigator for Farm Sanctuary, Mad Cow Coordinator for the Organic Consumers Association


“In a world driven by profit margins, utilitarianism, speciesism, and in this generalized climate of political swindle, Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? speaks truth to power. It is a work destined to shape the politics of a new generation of militant activists.”

—Dr. Peter McLaren, Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, and author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution


“In a century, will people look back on the era of routine human exploitation of non-human animals as we now look at slavery? Moral progress on this front likely will come because of efforts like Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?. This timely collection will help anyone interested in challenging the conventional approach to animals and thinking more generally about the state of our society.”

—Robert Jensen, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin


“Too often, scholarly works about social movements seem to have little to do with the movement, while activist works often have little substance. Not this book, which combines both viewpoints. Here, readers have access to the logic and philosophy of animal liberation as well as its practice and reflections on our current social era. Best and Nocella have filled a huge void. Bravo!”

—Dr. Rik Scarce, author of Eco-Warriors: Understanding the Radical Environmental Movement


“Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? exposes readers to compelling ideas that will undoubtedly make them think, and make them question. It is a valuable contribution to the most critical of public discourse.”

—Bob Linden,


“An outstanding collection of writings and an excellent antidote for the corporate welfare state’s corruptness and propaganda.”

—Chris Hannah, Propagandhi, co-founder of G7 Records


“A serious and essential book on animal liberation theory and practice, a revolutionary bellwether for the Patriot Act political climate of our times and a multiperspectival social critique and defense of animal lives, this book should find a place in university classrooms, activist bookshelves, and Homeland Security offices everywhere. The greatest aspect of this great collection may be its success in generating a foundation for greater understanding and dialogue between those in higher education, in policy organizations and government, and in grassroots groups like the ALF.”

—Richard Kahn, Ecopedagogy Chair of the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute, and founder of


“This groundbreaking collection of essays addresses one of the most important issues of our times: the role of the ALF in the animal liberation movement. By examining the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of the ALF, and by demonstrating that a strong defense can be mounted on behalf of ALF actions and principles, Best and Nocella’s volume promises to breathe new life into the debates concerning militant animal activism. This book will be an invaluable resource for teachers, students, and activists interested in animal liberation.”

—Matthew Calarco, Sweet Briar College


“One of the most powerful and thought-provoking books I have ever read. Please read it and ACT NOW!!!”

—John Feldmann, Goldfinger


“An important book about the greatest revolution of all time, and a crucial contribution to animal rights literature and current social debates.”

—Jim Mason, author of An Unnatural Order


This volume will interest any reader who wishes to hear directly from some of the leading intellectuals, activists and prisoners involved in these movements. The insights gained by listening directly to these voices…can hardly be overestimated.
– Dr. Bron Taylor, from the preface


Can extralegal means justify an end? The future of terrestrial life itself may depend on whether or not serious debate on that very point is put back on the public agenda. Igniting a Revolution threatens to do just that.
– Chris Hannah- Propagandhi


Only in a society this removed is love a revolutionary act. Read this book, change your heart. Gen 1:29

– D.J. Rose- Father, husband, tattooer, singer of the Path of Resistance


This book is both a protest against human greed and arrogance and a call for revolutionary action to reverse the accelerating pace of our planet’s destruction.

– Charles Patterson- Author of Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust


In an age of insurgent conservativism, fundamentalism, and militarism, it is more than heartening to come across a hopeful book that reminds us of this planet’s REAL “coalition of the willing”: the diverse cross-section of human beings who adamantly refuse to allow corporations and bad governments to destroy Mother Earth. These writings put to rest the lie that sane environmental polices are impossible to achieve or that revolutionary activism is a thing of the past. Reading this book will not only assure you that a better world is possible, but that its realization is a desire of the majority.

– Dr. Scott Richard Lyons- Native American Studies Program, Syracuse University Columnist, Indian Country Today


Best and Nocella’s volume is unlike any other work available on this topic. Igniting a Revolution is a profoundly important and timely volume, and one that I and many other scholars in the field will find extremely useful.

– Dr. Matthew Calarco, Chair and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Sweet Briar College, Virginia


There’s no way that anyone can agree with everything laid out in this collection. But there is no way, either, that we can afford to ignore these varied voices, because the one sure path to destruction is that of business as usual.

– Joel Kovel- Author, The Enemy of Nature


This radical book seeks to uncover the roots of the environmental crisis we’ve created in search of solutions to what its contributors identify as in great part our lack of emotional bonds to the earth. Igniting a Revolution provides a stimulating sounding of ideas to help us decide what courses of action to take.

– Dr. Karen Davis- President, United Poultry Concerns, author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry


Igniting a Revolution is a collection of essays which will stimulate and challenge even the most hardened of cynics to reassess their thinking on many levels.

– Dr. Nik Taylor- Lecturer in Sociology, Central Queensland University, Australia


Their tactics are controversial, and are often labeled as violent, but there is no doubt that these insurgents represent the new cutting edge of the movement for a healthy planet and a just peace with nature. We may not agree with their tactics, or even their claims that the destruction of property is justified by our dire circumstances, and is ethical and essentially non violent, but we ignore their message of crisis and hope at our own peril.

– Mike Roselle- Founder of Earth First! Publisher of Lowbagger.Org


As we face unprecedented ecological crises, along with growing political violence and state repression, revolutionary environmentalists claim that another world is possible. This book promises important insights into radical alternatives and principled resistance.

– Dr. John Sorenson- Department of Sociology, Brock University

Industrial society is destroying our planet. It must be stopped by any means necessary. If you agree, read this book. If you don’t, read this book.

– David Rovics- Musician


A must read book for anyone interested in saving the world.

– Dr. Richard White, Journal for Critical Animal Studies


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