Freedom Press

Social Defence, Social Change


by Brian Martin

The idea of social defense–namely of abolishing military forces and relying in their stead on nonviolent struggles by the general population–is extremely radical. Yet seldom before have the many radical implications of social defense been outlined.

Social Defence, Social Change argues for social defense as a grassroots initiative linked to challenges to oppressive structures in society, such as patriarchy, police, and the state. Filled with examples from Finland to Fiji, the book also provides a provocative survey of radical alternatives in politics and economics.

Social defense is not just a defense option. It is a direction for action that should be known to all those who seek a society without oppression, inequality, or violence.

Freedom Press
ISBN: 0-900384-69-7
157 pages
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