Peter Gelderloos

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Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist and author from Virginia (United States).

Gelderloos was arrested in 2001 while attending a protest at the Georgia-based Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as School of the Americas), a controversial school that trains Central and South American soldiers and police.[1] He was convicted and served the maximum sentence of 6 months in prison.

In How Nonviolence Protects the State Gelderloos sets out to "[debunk] the notion that non-violent activism is the only acceptable and effective method of struggle" and to "defenestrate the stranglehold that [pacifism has on movements]"[2]

In April 2007, Gelderloos was arrested in Spain and charged with public disorder and illegal demonstration during a squatters' protest. He faced between three and six years of imprisonment. Eventually he was acquitted.[3]

In 2010 Gelderloos published Anarchy Works, a comprehensive book explaining basic principles of anarchism and their historic usage. He also published To Get to the Other Side, a narrative of his travels through Europe's anarchist milieus.


  • Gelderloos, Peter (2013). The Failure of Nonviolence: From the Arab Spring to Occupy. Seattle: Left Bank Books. 
  • Gelderloos, Peter (2010). Anarchy Works. San Francisco: Ardent Press. 
  • Gelderloos, Peter (2010). To Get to the Other Side: a journey through Europe and its anarchist movements. 
  • Gelderloos, Peter (2009). Sousa in the Echo Chamber. Homebound Books. 
  • Gelderloos, Peter (2007). How Nonviolence Protects the State. Boston: South End Press. ISBN 978-0-89608-772-9. 
  • Gelderloos, Peter (2006). Consensus: A New Handbook for Grassroots Social, Political, and Environmental Groups. Tucson: See Sharp Press. ISBN 1-884365-39-6. 
  • Gelderloos, Peter (2005). How Nonviolence Protects the State [first edition]. Harrisonburg: Signalfire Press. 
  • Gelderloos, Peter (2004). What is Democracy?. Tucson: See Sharp Press. ISBN 0-00-005219-1. 

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