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The Logic of Political Violence: Craig Rosebraugh

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Craig Rosebraugh

Arissa Media Group

2003, 65 minutes, CD

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Craig Rosebraugh recorded live on January 10, 2003 at Laughing Horse Bookstore in Portland, Oregon.

Within Westernized societies, particularly the United States, there has been a near universal acceptance that non-violent action has been the foundation on which the progress and/or success of political and social justice movements has been built. Yet, contrary to popular beliefs held by many in the United States, political violence has played a crucial role in advancing historical justice struggles. This lecture examines the historic role that both nonviolence and political violence have played in social and political movements both in the United States and internationally.

From 1997-2001, Craig Rosebraugh received international notoriety from his role as a spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front. Considered to be the top domestic terrorism threat in the United States by the F.B.I., the ELF has inflicted over $43 million in damages since 1997 to entities profiting off the destruction of the natural environment. 

Rosebraugh has been a political activist since the early 1990s. He is the former national spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front, as well as a co-founder of the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office (NAELFPO). He has written articles for the Earth First! Journal and No Compromise magazine, contributed to Toward Freedom, and is the author of Burning Rage of a Dying Planet. He lives in Tempe, Arizona.