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Common Sense for the 21st Century

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“Brilliant, wise, profound and persuasive. Common Sense for the 21st Century will come to be recognized as a classic of political theory.”—George Monbiot, via Twitter

An urgent, essential, and practical call to action from a cofounder of Extinction Rebellion

What can we all do to avert catastrophe and avoid extinction? Roger Hallam has answers. In Common Sense for the 21st Century, Roger Hallam, cofounder of Extinction Rebellion, outlines how movements around the world need to come together now to start doing what works: engaging in mass civil disobedience to make real change happen. The book gives people the tools to understand not only why mass disruption, mass arrests, and mass sacrifice are necessary but also details how to carry out acts of civil disobedience effectively, respectfully and nonviolently. It bypasses contemporary political theory, and instead is inspired by Thomas Paine, the pragmatic 18th-century revolutionary whose pamphlet Common Sense sparked the American Revolution. Common Sense for the 21st Century urges us to confront the truth about climate change and argues forcefully that only a revolution of society and the state, similar to the turn that Paine urged the Americans to take into the political unknown, can save us now.

Critics Review

  • “Is Common Sense for the 21st Century the best hope we’ve got to prevent human extinction? Yes, I think it is.”—Dr. Alexandra Jellicoe, Monkey Wrench Magazine

  • “Hallam . . . is widely seen as the driving force behind [Extinction Rebellion’s] tactics, [and] recommends that activists emulate past movements like the United States civil rights movement and the Yellow Vests in France.”The New York Times

  • “There is only one question: How do we stop climate change? In this tough-minded and uncompromising book, Roger Hallam gives the answer so many politicians and business people don’t want to hear. Common Sense for the 21st Century is not just an argument; it’s an instruction manual for ripping through the complacency and corruption that will destroy our planet.”—Paul Mason, author of Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere and Postcapitalism

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