One No, Many Yeses
‘As if Alex Garland has taken Naomi Klein on holiday … part visionary, part historian, [Kingsnorth’s] voice is accessible, impassioned and persuasive.’ Esquire
‘Reminded me of John Reed’s classic reportage from the Russian and Mexican revolutions a century ago.’ New Scientist
‘Excellent … both a travel book and a manifesto for worldwide economic resistance.’ The Times
‘He shows, in vivid, knowledgeable reportage, that the alternatives to the prevailing world order are out there, and growing in support.’ The Scotsman
‘Paul Kingsnorth is exactly the kind of troublemaker the world needs … One No, Many Yeses comes closer to defining the global resistance movement than any book yet.’ Earth Island Journal (US)
‘Seriously deficient.’ Socialist Workers Party
One No, Many Yeses was written at the height of the first wave of uprisings against ‘globalisation’ – in 2000 and 2001, when Naomi Klein’s No Logo was the talk of the town, the Zapatista uprising in Mexico was a still making waves, and every summit meeting held by major governments was met by legions of angry protesters, determined to reject the money-uber-alles culture of capitalism, insisting instead that ‘another world is possible.’
I spent nine months travelling the globe, investigating the roots and the politics of this growing global movement. I spent time in rebel Zapatista villages in Mexico, visited anarchists in the USA, got tear-gassed at the Genoa G8 protests in Italy, infiltrated the world’s biggest gold mine in West Papua, lived with landless squatters in Brazil and then came back home to write about where it all connected up and where it might lead
For a while it looked like all of this might change the world. It didn’t quite turn out like that – in the end, we had to wait another decade for globalisation to hit the buffers under its own steam. But the movements that this book catalogues are in many cases still out there, and we’re now seeing a resurgence of uprisings against the same system.
My first book is starting to look like a work of history now, but I still get emails about it, and it’s found its way onto reading lists and syllabuses (syllabi?) around the world. There are plenty of books out there about capitalism, injustice and how to save the world, but there isn’t, I don’t think, another book quite like this: a piece of campaigning journalism which gets down and dirty with the people and the places at the root of that remarkable period of history.