Episode 10: Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism
Book: Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism by LA Kauffman
Guest: The Author! LA Kauffman
Host: Page May
Release Date: May 14, 2017
What happened to the American left after the sixties? LA Kauffman explores this in their first book Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism. Kauffman brings a long view of movement history, having spent more than thirty years immersed in radical movements, as a participant, strategist, journalist, and observer. We sat down with this wonderful book’s author to learn more about “what works” from the past 40 years of struggle.
- What is direct action?
- What is the relationship of “identity politics” to the left?
- What lessons can we learn the history of protest since the 1960s? What works?
- What are we doing well currently?
- Do large groups and mass mobilization matter?
- What are the strategic differences between non-violence and violence?