I am honored that celebrated animal rights author, Norm Phelps, wrote the
Foreword to the book, and here is the critical praise on the back cover:
"This is an extraordinary book that shatters all safe spaces found among the
debris, torture, genocide, and despair scattered throughout history by the
so-called march towards progress."
--Peter McLaren, Distinguished Professor in
Critical Studies, Chapman University, USA, Author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire,
and the Pedagogy of Revolution
"For at least the last half century, a biocentric revolution has been unfolding
against the destructive tyranny of anthropocentrism - a revolution guided by the
natural laws of ecology against the unnatural diminishment of nature at the
hands of "civilized" man. In this bold and timely book, Steven Best writes from,
and has documented, the evolution of this universal revolution, as he gives us a
glimpse into the catastrophic consequences should this revolution fail."
--Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
"The Politics of Total Liberation is groundbreaking with an innovative new
approach to understanding the ills of our society. Best makes is clear that we
are losing the battle to save the environment and animals because of greed,
domination, control, and war mongering created by humans. Best obviously did not
write this to be popular, safe, or political; rather, he wrote because his
conscience told him that it is right."
--Chris DeRose, President, Last Chance for
"Steven Best gets it: if we are to stop destructive human conditions and habits,
we will need `the most uncompromising, militant form of politics we can
--Jim Mason, author of An Unnatural Order: The Roots of Our Destruction
"I have no argument with Norm Phelps when he states that `this may be the most
important book of the 21st century'."
--Ronnie Lee, founder of the Animal
"Steve Best is a very, very dangerous guy." David Martosko, Center for
"Steve Best is not conducive to the public order." UK Home Office on the
decision for a lifetime ban of Dr. Steven Best from the entire UK, 2006
"Steve Best is still not conducive to the public order." UK Home Office on the
decision to reaffirm the lifetime ban of Dr. Steven Best, 2011
Fuck this corrupt, omnicidal, nihilistic, corporate-controlled, fascist
world-system; you don't reform evil, you destroy it. Not a chance in hell to
create a culture of life until we destroy the culture of death. Disease has
consumed the entire body of civilization. We live among ruins, we inhabit a
graveyard, an apocalyptic wasteland strewn with corpses, carrion, and zombies.
We need to focus like a laser beam on a grim truth: whatever the gains of a
worldwide environmental and animal rights movements throughout the last four
decades, they have nonetheless continued to lose ground in the battle to save
biodiversity, to stop or even slow down the destruction of the rainforests,
topsoil, coral reefs; to prevent ever-worsening resource wars; to end the
blatant and open war and Holocaust against nonhuman animals; and to come to
grips with the immanent catastrophe of climate change in our minds let alone our
policies and actions.
The sense of urgency is rising in proportion to the severity of the crisis.
Increasingly, calls for legislative change, moderation, compromise, and taking
the slow march through the institutions can be seen as grotesquely inadequate,
as growing numbers of people gravitate toward more radical tactics of change.
"Reasonableness" and "moderation" in the current situation seem to be entirely
unreasonable and immoderate, as "extreme" and "radical" actions appear simply as
necessary and appropriate.
From Athens to Paris to Brazil, there is growing realization that politics as
usual just won't cut it anymore. We will always lose if we play by their rules
rather than invent new forms of struggle, new social movements, and new
sensibilities. The defense of the earth requires immediate and decisive action:
logging roads need to be blocked, driftnets need to be cut, and cages need to be
emptied. But these are piecemeal and reactive measures, and in addition to these
tactics, radical movements and alliances must be built that unites struggles on
behalf of humanity, nonhuman animals, and the earth in a politics of total
Resistance is the oxygen of the future. Live to resist, resist to live.