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“An urgent effort to make sense of the senseless, helping readers see the rationality behind the tepid liberal responses to the ideological maximalism of settler colonial racism and violence. Indispensable, timely, and much needed.”
—Greg Grandin, author of The End of the Myth and Empire’s Workshop
Strong Communities Make Policing Obsolete
A World Without Police persuasively argued and lyrically charged, offers concrete strategies for confronting and breaking police power, as a first step toward building community alternatives that make the police obsolete. Surveying the post-protest landscape in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Oakland, as well as the people who have experimented with policing alternatives on a mass scale in Latin America, Maher details the institutions we can count on to deliver security without the disorganizing interventions of cops: neighborhood response networks, community-based restorative justice practices, democratically organized self-defense projects, and well-resourced social services. It argues that abolition is not a distant dream or an unreachable horizon but an attainable reality. In communities around the world, we are beginning to glimpse a real, lasting justice in which we keep us safe.
“Geo Maher not only demonstrates definitively that police serve a wealthy white elite and don’t protect us, but also illuminates the path toward abolishing policing… A World Without Police offers inspiring assurance that we can achieve the vision embodied in its title.”
—Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body and Shattered Bonds
We study revolutionary change not simply to understand it. We study revolution to make it.
With revolutionary change once again on the table, the time is ripe to sharpen the weapons of theory for the struggles looming on the horizon. It was in this moment that Geo Maher put forth a call to investigate what a revolution is and how to make it. In a growing online (as everything was those days) reading group people gathered together to take up that call and think through the past, the present, and help us imagine the future we want. It was these impassioned discussions that birthed Spirals of Revolt.
Geo Maher is an abolitionist educator, organizer, and writer based in Philadelphia. He has taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania, Vassar College, Drexel University, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas, and has held visiting positions at the CUNY Graduate Center, the Decolonizing Humanities Project at the College of William & Mary, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, and the Institute of Social Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
He is the author of five books: We Created Chávez (2013); Building the Commune (2016); Decolonizing Dialectics (2017); A World Without Police (2021); and Anticolonial Eruptions (2022); and co-editor of the Duke University Press book series Radical Américas. Read Bio