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Self-Defense for Radicals

Mickey Z. et al.

A to Z Guide for Subversive Struggle

Mickey Z. shows you how to use your head. Literally! An invaluable guide for those moments when violence must be countered by force.

Radicals, feminists, environmentalists. Activists for animal rights, human rights, civil rights. There are plenty of rebels and dissidents putting their asses on the line. Conversely, there’s never been a shortage of reactionaries seeking to repress such vision and passion.
Learning how to fight and/or defend yourself is not the same as promoting belligerent, anti-social behavior. While talk of non-violence is understandable and the struggle for peace has never been more essential, let’s face it: The odds are that sooner or later you’re going to end up in a confrontation that may escalate into physical violence. So, why not be prepared?
Self-Defense for Radicals will get you off and running in the right direction. From eye gouges to groin punches—you’ll find a powerful collection of tactics with which we can fight back. Interspersed with words of wisdom and guidance from Emma Goldman, Bruce Lee, Angela Davis, and even Patrick Swayze, this pocket-sized pamphlet will inspire readers to not only speak truth to power but also deliver a sharp elbow to power’s jutting jaw.

“This small book packs a powerful punch. It will help you prepare emotionally and physically to fight back. Read it, read it again, and then practice. As Mickey Z. says, ‘The life you save may be your own’.”
– Derrick Jensen

“Mickey Z. shows you how to use your head. Literally! An invaluable guide for those moments when violence must be countered by force.”
– pattrice jones, author of Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies

“In this violent culture, Self Defense for Radicals belongs on every coffee table and in the glove compartment of every car driven by a man or a woman.”
– Rosemarie Jackowski, peace activist, advocacy journalist, Vermont Attorney General candidate ’06 and ’08

Mickey Z.’s voice is the roundhouse kick of activist literature…profoundly mistrustful of government in all its dreadful guises, while courageously supporting all of us who stand against it. Determined to live the words, rather than simply to speak them, Mickey Z. doesn’t get more readers, he just makes more friends. His blog is like a front stoop where we all gather to talk over the news, what’s happening with each other, and generally enjoy each other’s company. The gentle concern for his fellow humans and the behind-the-scenes acts of kindness are surpassed only by the cuteness of his dimples.

He can be found on the Web at:

Other books by Mickey Z.

Dear Vito (The Drill Press, 2009)
CPR for Dummies (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2008)

No Innocent Bystanders: Riding Shotgun in the Land of Denial (CWG Press, 2008)
50 American Revolutions You’re Not Supposed to Know: Reclaiming American Patriotism (Disinformation Books, 2005)
The Seven Deadly Spins: Exposing the Lies Behind War Propaganda (Common Courage Press, 2004)
A Gigantic Mistake: Articles & Essays for Your Intellectual Self-Defense (Library Empyreal, 2004)
The Murdering of My Years: Artists & Activists Making Ends Meet (Soft Skull Press, 2003)
Saving Private Power: The Hidden History of “The Good War” (Soft Skull Press, 2000)

His work has appeared in the following anthologies
Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mister Beller’s Neighborhood, 2009)
Tutto in Vendita (Nuovi Mondi Media, 2005)
Underground (Disinformation Books, 2005)
Under the Influence (Disinformation Books, 2004)
The Book of Lists (Disinformation Books, 2003)
Abuse Your Illusions (Disinformation Books, 2003)
Everything You Know is Wrong (Disinformation Books, 2002)
You Are Being Lied To (Disinformation Books, 2001)

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