Paxton, Alan

Paxton, Alan

Alan Paxton

1 September 2001Review

Green Books, 2000. ISBN 1 870098 92 7. 299pp. £10.95

“We started in a small way, but now this has snowballed to an extent where you don't know what will happen next....” (Guardian Weekly, 14 September 2000). It was one of the most successful protests in Britain for years, causing severe disruption to road and rail transport. Within two months the government was making concessions to the protesters' demands - lower taxes on road vehicles and their fuel.

Resistance and empowerment are sometimes commanded by activists almost as ends in…