Peter Gelderloos

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist author from Harrisonburg, Virginia (United States). He is best known for his 2005 book, "How Nonviolence Protects the State".

Gelderloos was arrested in 2001 while attending a protest at the Georgia-based Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, a controversial school that trains Central and South American soldiers and police. [ [ Gelderloos's profile] , SOA Watch] He was sentenced in 2002 to six months in prison.

In "How Nonviolence Protects the State" Gelderloos sets out to " [debunk] the notion that non-violent activism is the only acceptable and effective method of struggle." [Traven, B. " [ Review: How Nonviolence Protects the State by Peter Gelderloos] ",, 2007-04-06.] The resulting work has been frequently compared to Ward Churchill's "Pacifism as Pathology". [ [ How Nonviolence Protects the State] ]

In May 2007, Gelderloos was arrested in Spain and charged with public disorder and illegal demonstration during a squatters' protest. Police have accused Gelderloos of playing a leadership role within the protest - a claim which he calls "fairly absurd." Although released on bond, Gelderloos has been unable to return to the United States as a result of his impending trial. His family contends that it will not be possible for him to receive a fair trial in Spain, citing a judge's assertion that "the United States would put him in Guantanamo for what he had done." [Barakat, Matthew. " [,0,2419403.story Northern Va. anarchist facing criminal charges in Spain] ", Associated Press.]

Gelderloos is currently working on a book called Anarchy Works, answering some of the most common questions about anarchism.


*cite book |last=Gelderloos |first=Peter |title=How Nonviolence Protects the State |publisher=South End Press |location=Boston |year=2007 |isbn=9780896087729
*cite book |last=Gelderloos |first=Peter |title=Consensus: A New Handbook for Grassroots Social, Political, and Environmental Groups |publisher=See Sharp Press |location=Tucson |year=2006 |isbn=1884365396
*cite book |last=Gelderloos |first=Peter |title=What is Democracy? |publisher=See Sharp Press |location=Tucson |year=2004 |isbn=0000052191

ee also

* Anarchism and violence
* [ Interview with Last Hours Zine]


Further reading

* Gelderloos, Peter. " [ Insurrection v.s. Organization: Reflections from Greece on a Pointless Schism] ". (April 2007)
* Gelderloos, Peter. " [ My Arrest in Spain: The Easy Road from Tourism to Terrorism] ". "Counterpunch" (May 2007).
* Gelderloos, Peter. " [ Arms and the Movement] ". "Utne Reader" (June 2007).

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