Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible
By Kevin Van Meter of Team Colors (AK Press, 2017)
Behind the smiling faces of cashiers, wait staff, and workers of all sorts, a war is occurring, usually without the knowledge of official political and labor organizations. Guerrillas of Desire begins with a provocation: The Left is wrong. It’s historical and current strategies are too-often based on the assumption that working and poor people are unorganized, acquiescent to systems of domination, or simply uninterested in building a new world. The fact is, as C.L.R. James has noted, they “are rebelling every day in ways of their own invention”: pilfering, sabotaging, faking illnesses, squatting, fleeing, and counter-strategizing. Kevin Van Meter maps these undercurrents, documenting everyday resistance under slavery, in peasant life, and throughout factories and workshops, while illustrating that everyday resistance is an important factor in revolution and something radicals of all stripes must understand.