debat anmeldelser MEDIEVAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON VIOLENCE AGAINST OBJECTS What tactics are available to those who would build a world signi � icantly better than our own?1 What is there between the potent, blood-drenched option of civil war, and the pointless, bloodless option of shitposting on social media? A century ago, one might answer “electoralism”, but this has proved a weak weapon in the face of coups, hostile media environments, and a dollop of our own incompetence. Here, I will describe an under-utilised tactic: Violence against inanimate objects, coupled with a deliberate avoidance of violence against people. I will re� lect on this tactic from the vantage point of a medievalist. My � inal destination will be the raid on the Capitol Building of the 6th January 2021. This essay is a sketch of thoughts that were put in motion as I listened to radio coverage of the attack. However, like the � igurative scientist boiling his unfortunate � igurative frog, I have no desire to plunge the reader straight into such seething waters. Let us start at a gentle heat, with a matter that is less topical: Medieval peasant uprisings. It is easy to romanticise a medieval peasant uprising. Indeed, many of the pioneers of research into feudal unrest were left-wing, sometimes communists e.g. 1 At the time of writing, my library access has been severely disturbed by the pandemic. I offer my apologies to those who have written on these topics but are not cited here, and also for the attendant Geschmacksprüfung-like choice of my historical examples. I have chosen my English, Icelandic, and Italian case studies based partly on what I could remember, and partly on what I could cite in the books around my � lat. I am thankful for comments offered by Charlotte Appel, Thorsten Borring Olesen, Nicole Burgoyne, Alexis Hatto, Mary Hilson, Tom Hoctor, Frederik Lynge Vognsen, Bertel Nygaard, Maria Nørby Pedersen, Bjørn Poulsen, Pete Sandberg, and Mikkel Thelle. Any shortcomings are my own.