About This Author
AK Thompson’s books include Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent, Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle, and, most recently, Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt.
Today we face the paradox of states simultaneously criminalizing masks—because of protests—and mandating them because of COVID-19. In this interview, social theorist AK Thompson explores the history of masks in protests and why rioting is politically effective.
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