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Resisting illegitimate authority : a thinking person's guide to being an anti-authoritarian -- strategies, tools, and models

Author: Bruce E Levine
Publisher: Chico, CA : AK Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The capacity to comply with abusive authority is humanity's "fatal flaw." Fortunately, within the human family there are anti-authoritarians -- people comfortable questioning the legitimacy of authority and resisting its illegitimate forms. However, as Resisting Illegitimate Authority reveals, these rebels are regularly scorned, shunned, financially punished, psychopathologized, criminalized, and even assassinated.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce E Levine
ISBN: 9781849353243 1849353247
OCLC Number: 1050878141
Description: 275 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part One: Authoritarians and Anti-Authoritarians : 1. Authorities--and My Path to Resisting Illegitimate Authority --
2. The Compliant, the Noncompliant, and the Anti-Authoritarian --
Part Two: The Assault on U.S. Anti-Authoritarians : 3. Great Contributions Do Not Prevent Marginalization --
4. Criminalization of Anti-Authoritarians --
5. Genocide of an Anti-Authoritarian People: Native Americans --
6. Psychiatric Assault and Marginalization: Not Just Frances Farmer --
7. Schooling's Assault on Young Anti-Authoritarians --
Part Three: Tragedy or Triumph : 8. Lessons from Anti-Authoritarians Who Have Hurt Themselves, Others, or the Cause --
9. Political, Spiritual, Philosophical, and Psychological Lenses for Anti-Authoritarians --
10. Lessons from Anti-Authoritarians Who Have Helped Themselves and the Cause --
11. We Don't Need No Badges: Depression, Relationships, Mutual Aid, and Parenting.
Other Titles: Thinking person's guide to being an anti-authoritarian -- strategies, tools, and models
Responsibility: Bruce E. Levine.

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The capacity to comply with abusive authority is humanity's "fatal flaw." Fortunately, within the human family there are anti-authoritarians -- people comfortable questioning the legitimacy of authority and resisting its illegitimate forms. However, as Resisting Illegitimate Authority reveals, these rebels are regularly scorned, shunned, financially punished, psychopathologized, criminalized, and even assassinated. Profiling a diverse group of U.S. anti-authoritarians -- from Thomas Paine to Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Lenny Bruce, and Noam Chomsky -- in order to glean useful lessons from their lives, Resisting Illegitimate Authority provides political, spiritual, philosophical, and psychological tools to help those suffering violence and vilification in a society whose most ardent cheerleaders for "freedom" are often its most obedient and docile citizens. Discussing anti-authoritarian approaches to depression, relationships, and parenting, Levine makes it clear that far from being a disease, disobedience may be our last hope.

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