Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi attacks the very roots of the world’s crises and reframes our understanding of how to solve them. It is eloquent, visionary and beautifully wrought – a turning point in our journey towards an ecological society.
More than ever, people across the planet want deep and meaningful change. From those campaigning for social justice and ecological sustainability, to those who want to protect animals, indigenous cultures and those in poverty, millions are realising that another world is not only possible, but absolutely essential. Yet despite the creative and determined efforts of so many, our crises deepen. A politico-economic system, increasingly benefiting a small elite, has brought us to the brink of climate catastrophe, ransacking ecosystems and unravelling communities, forcing us into unhealthy ways of life that conflict with our deepest yearnings. The problem may no longer be a lack of will – but a dogmatic adherence to laws and cultural narratives designed to keep things just the way they are. In this incendiary book, best-selling author Mark Boyle explores, with terrible beauty, the uncharted depths of these challenges, and how we might face them with dignity, great heart and potency.
Drawing on inspiration from the natural world, he sets out the case for the rewilding of our political landscapes, calling for solidarity between reformers, revolutionaries and resisters for the creation of a world worth sustaining. His uncompromising and surprising conclusions could revolutionise the way we face the challenges of our time.
Mark Boyle became The Moneyless Man when he began living completely without money in 2008 – not spending, earning, saving or using it – which he did for almost three years. He is the author of the bestselling book, The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living (2010), and The Moneyless Manifesto (2012). Mark is a trustee and director of Streetbank(.com), an online global sharing community, and the founder of An Teach Saor (Gaeilge for 'The Free House'), a three-acre smallholding and event space in Ireland that combines permaculture principles with gift-based values, offering free education for both children and adults.
There are two books that have shifted my world entirely: Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything and Mark Boyle's Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi – and of the two, Boyle's is by far the most affecting. If you care about the planet, about our place on it, about the devastation that is modern western living, you have to read this book. Read it, think on it, act on it. Only by each of us doing this, can we hope to be the change we need to see in the world. It's terrifying. But it's the truth."
– Manda Scott, Sunday Times best-selling author of Boudica and Rome
"Mark Boyle's book throws down the gauntlet at the feet of the world as we know it. His challenge to the complicity of all of us even those of us who work for change and against injustice in a system that is destroying the planet and most of its species will trouble many. So too will his endorsement of violent methods of resistance alongside the more accepted nonviolent ones. But he asks questions that need answering at every turn and his call for the climate-change generation to replace reduce, reuse, recycle with resist, revolt, rewild strikes a nerve."
– Chris Brazier, New Internationalist
"In a time of quiescence and fossilised orthodoxies, what we need most is honesty about the human predicament. In this thought-provoking book, Mark Boyle challenges us to explore the dark corners we'd all rather look away from."
– Paul Kingsnorth, author of The Wake