Gang Politics Revolution, Repression, and Crime

Kristian Williams (Author); Robert Evans (Introduction)


Publisher: AK Press
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 144
Released: July 5, 2022
ISBN-13: 9781849354561

In three taut essays, Kristian Williams examines our society’s understanding of social and political violence, what gets romanticized, misunderstood, or muddled. He explores the complex intersections between “gangs” of all sorts—cops and criminals, Proud Boys and antifa, Panthers and skinheads—arguing that government and criminality are intimately related, often sharing critical features. As society becomes more polarized and the conviction that things are only going to get worse, and more violent, grows, William’s analysis is a crucial corrective to our simple, unquestioned ideas about the role violence might or should play in our social struggles.


Kristian Williams is author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America and Witness to Betrayal / Profiles of Provocateurs. Williams has been actively writing and leading discourse on anarchism in historical and present-day contexts, social inequalities, and critiques on police and political force since the 1990s. He lives in the Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon.

Robert Evans, the author of A Brief History of Vice, has had an eclectic career as an investigative journalist reporting from war zones in Iraq, Syria, the Ukraine, and covered the 2020 uprising in Portland, Oregon. He hosts the podcasts Behind the Bastards and It Could Happen Here for iHeartRadio and is a writer for the humor website Cracked.

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