“An engrossing manifesto.” ~ Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
From the rare perspective of an author who is equal parts writer, nonviolence scholar, and frontlines practitioner, The Gandhian Iceberg approaches radical social transformation and its realistic requirements, with a blend of personal testimony, artistic creativity, and compelling vision. Written from the heart, the book poses a timely, powerful, and fascinating challenge.
“A searing call to action.” ~ Maya Schenwar, Truthout
The Gandhian Iceberg faces the current climate change emergency and the intensification of social crises around the world, and calls for the convergence of a deeply committed, spiritually-rooted contingent of US nonviolence activists ready and willing to offer themselves in service to a social change movement unlike any seen before.
“A vital roadmap for cultural and ecological transformation.” ~ Tom Benevento, New Community Project
Praise for The Gandhian Iceberg
“I’ve been waiting twenty years for this book. Concise, in depth, and challenging, The Gandhian Iceberg reweds strategic and principled nonviolence, to unveil the unimaginable power and potential of integral nonviolence. Chris Moore-Backman, courageous practitioner and brilliant scholar both, lays out a clear and full effort response to the current world emergency. (Incidentally, if the ideas and invitations in this book were not terrifying its subject would not be integral nonviolence.) I encourage us all to read this seminal work and put its wisdom into practice immediately. It can help us transform fear into an unstoppable force of love and action.” ~ Ethan Hughes, co-founder of the Possibility Alliance
“An engrossing manifesto. Chris Moore-Backman’s careful and imaginative examination of Gandhi’s teaching yields an impressive, compelling call to nonviolent struggle. Readers who resonate may realistically prepare for direct action.” Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and author of Other Lands Have Dreams
“Moore-Backman’s project is at once both sweeping and eminently practical, and it takes on its formidable goals with compassion, lyricism, a vast knowledge base, and a lot of heart. Full of nuance and insight, The Gandhian Iceberg is a searing call to action in the face of global crises — and a fascinating read, to boot.” ~ Maya Schenwar, editor-in-chief of Truthout and author of Locked Down, Locked Out
“I first sat down with The Gandhian Iceberg at 8:30pm, intending to read for a half-hour or so. It was 3am when I turned the final page. That’s how good it is.” ~ Jim Douglass, Catholic Worker and author of JFK and the Unspeakable
“A powerful exploration of how people today can relate to nonviolence and how nonviolence today can relate to the urgency of our time. The Gandhian Iceberg lays out the costs of staying on the sidelines and the exhilarating potential of individual and collective nonviolent transformation. The stakes could not be higher.” ~ Kit Miller, director of MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Chris Moore-Backman has done a job I’ve wanted someone to take on for years. The Gandhian Iceberg grapples in earnest with the legacy of Gandhi’s life and thought to begin to answer the question of our times: is there a nonviolent path to a livable future? Practical and visionary, anyone in whom lives the fire of making the world work for all of life will find companionship, solace, and challenge. ~ Miki Kashtan, author of Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future
“Beautifully written. . . masterfully painting the depth and breadth of an integrated, principled approach to change. A timely and much needed call to nonviolent arms!” ~ Kazu Haga, Kingian nonviolence trainer and founder of East Point Peace Academy
“Chris Moore-Backman has plumbed the depths of integral nonviolence to create a vital roadmap for cultural and ecological transformation. This is a crucial book for a crucial moment in history.” ~Tom Benevento, founder and co-director of New Community Project, Harrisonburg, Virginia
“In the year 1930, in the part of the planet we call India, 78 people with a deep personal transformation practice skillfully changed the course of humanity. Now, Chris Moore-Backman is inviting us to tap into that same immense source of courage, wisdom, and compassion to ignite a movement of movements for the liberation of the Earth. A much needed adaptation of integral nonviolence today and a must read for any citizen of the world in the 21st century.” ~ Pancho Ramos-Stierle, full-time ServiceSpace volunteer and co-founder of Casa de Paz, Oakland, California