Blog Archives

Will Prayers and Ceremonies Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline?


“Hope Springs Eternal–The Ghost Dance,” by Howard Terpning

By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, December 23, 2016

Over the last few months there’s been a lot of noise made about the power of peaceful prayers and ceremonies in resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. According to many participants, it was this emphasis on prayer that stopped the pipeline dead in its tracks, and paved the way for a historical victory. Read the rest of this entry

Oh great… here come those pacifists again…


Original painting by Robert Griffing entitled “The View from the Castle.”

Bloodless Lies: book review of “This is an uprising.”


The 1990 Oka Crisis is a good example of a diversity of tactics being used.

This is an Uprising, a widely celebrated new book about how social movements change history, distorts their histories to celebrate non-violence

By Lorenzo Raymond, The New Inquiry, November 2, 2016

THE black revolt of 2014 was a turning point in how Americans discussed the use of force in social movements. In the pages of the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates acknowledged that “violence works.” Rolling Stone and the Huffington Post echoed much the same sentiment. Laci Green–a YouTube star and one of the “30 most influential people on the Internet,” according to Time–posted a popular video drawing favorable comparisons between the Ferguson riots and the revolution depicted in The Hunger Games. This sea change was led by the movement itself as African American youth in Ferguson rejected Al Sharpton and other older leaders, partly due to disagreement on strict nonviolence.

Read the rest of this entry

Beware of the movement police…


Graphic: Indigenous

Movement police come in all shapes and sizes, from tribal officials to New Age spiritualists.  They work to control and pacify our people’s resistance.

Non-violence Training Teaches White Paternalism at Camp Standing Rock


Armed warriors at Kanesatake during the 1990 “Oka Crisis.” / Gazette John Mahoney (CTY)

by Wrong Kind of Green, September 16, 2016

What the white man seeks to destroy and what the non-profit industrial complex is financed to carry out: the destruction of the Indigenous Warrior culture. This is not news to native people, however, this reality is all but lost on today’s white “left”. [Further reading: Part II of an Investigative Report into Tar Sands Action & the Paralysis of a Movement, September 19, 2011]

The following comment is from a film director who just returned from the camp at Standing Rock. What she witnessed is the historical paternalism that is reminiscent of the ‘Indian schools’ where proper comportment was wholly identified as the ability to assimilate into Anglo structures. We thank this person for recognizing and  sharing what she witnessed. That this took place on native land – shows egotism and white paternalism still very much exists, is being taught/modeled (via NGO “training”/*NVDA dogma), has no bounds – and no shame. (*non-violent direct action) Read the rest of this entry

Why the CIA Wants You to Be a Pacifist

Smash PacifismBy Wes Freeman, Cop Block, April 12, 2014

Psychological Operations (PSYOP) or (as it has been known since 2010) Military Information Support Operations (MISO) are CIA operations geared towards conveying selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals – both inside and outside the United States. Read the rest of this entry

Review: The Failure of Nonviolence: from the Arab Spring to Occupy

by Peter Gelderloos, Left Bank Books, Seattle 2013

Occupy Barcelona cops pacifists

Protesters in Barcelona learn that pacifism is not a very practical way to resist.

Review by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, August 11, 2013

The basic premise of this book is that advocates of pacifism have lost the debate over tactics and strategies used by social movements, and only those that have used a diversity of tactics have been successful. A promising premise and even more promising title, considering the recent manifestations of revolt and protest that characterized the Arab Spring and Occupy movements, and the “official” pacifist narrative that portrays these as victorious examples of nonviolence. Since these two movements are both recent and have served as inspiring examples for a new generation (including, it could be argued, the Idle No More wave of protests), the task of unraveling the false narratives pushed by pacifists seems both timely and highly relevant. Read the rest of this entry

Smash Pacifism; A Critical Analysis of Gandhi and King

Smash Pacifism; A Critical Analysis of Gandhi and King is a 72 page, 8×11, zine critiquing pacifism and the legacies of  Gandhi and Martin Luther King.  

Smash Pacifism zine