Each year millions of people die from poverty-related causes. The depth of this tragedy is only matched by the indifference of the wealthy. The only people who will end this injustice are its victims.
The right to resistance is a fundamental human right, without it the idea of human rights is meaningless. Global poverty is comparable to a crime against humanity and just as resistance to slavery and Nazism was justified, so is resistance to global poverty.
The right of resistance is used to reframe urgent political questions: is illegal immigration a form of resistance? Can transnational social movements, such as the indigenous rights movement, provide the foundations for civil resistance to global poverty? If peaceful resistance fails, is armed struggle justified? Do people living in affluent states have a responsibility to help even if it requires them to break the law?
Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2020