Submitted by danps on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 8:14am
Submitted by danps on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 5:00pm
This was published with considerable feedback from several bloggers: DCblogger, affinis, lambert and okanogen. My sincere thanks to all of them for their help. Note: this post was updated shortly after publication.
When writing about violence at Occupy there seems to be a great deal of controversy over what the word itself means, so I'll lead this post with what I hope is an unobjectionable definition. Since it comes from Google (via) it may well be the most-read definition of violence in the English speaking world: Read below the fold...
Submitted by danps on Sat, 02/11/2012 - 6:00am
Economics is a closed system; internally it is perfectly logical, operating according to a consistent set of principles. Unfortunately, the same could be said of psychosis. What's more, once having entered the closed system of the economist, you, like the psychotic, may have a hard time getting out.
- Judy Jones and William Wilson
The Occupy movement has largely been relegated to the margins of mainstream coverage lately - big outlets may mention something in a news capsule but generally have ignored it beyond that. It is still very much alive though, and one aspect of it has become the subject of intense debate recently: The use of violence, or what proponents call diversity of tactics. Read below the fold...
Submitted by jumpjet on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 3:55pm
Things are getting even uglier in Syria. Bashar is brooking no challenge to his reign, and what started as nonviolent protests have broken down into a very bloody and deadly tumult.
It's giving me cause to ponder what might happen to protests of a similar scale with similar demands in the United States. In talking about Occupy's eventual fate, the specter of heavy military reaction has been raised before, but what I have never seen, or perhaps what has eluded me, is a frank discussion of how to proceed in the aftermath of a violent response to large nonviolent demonstrations. Read below the fold...
Submitted by davidswanson on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 12:43pm
Before Tahrir Square happened almost nobody predicted that President Hosni Mubarak would be forced out of office by a movement that didn't pick up a gun. Had President Barack Obama expected that outcome, he might have publicly backed Mubarak's departure before, rather than after, Mubarak stepped down.
Obama can be seen as overcompensating for that performance in Libya, but there he is placing faith in weapons. Anybody can do that. Egypt still has a long way to go on its path to a just society. But the question of whether Tunisian-Egyptian movements will find success elsewhere is the question of whether people can take the far more challenging step of placing trust in nonviolence. Read below the fold...
Submitted by JuliaWilliams on Tue, 04/05/2011 - 8:52am
Submitted by twig on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 8:14pm
US Uncut is a newly formed organization, modeled after UK Uncut, to use non-violent demonstrations to get corporate tax dodgers to pay their fair share.
There are protests directed at various corporations planned in the coming days all over the country. Check the website's map for one near you or follow the instructions to plan your own. Read below the fold...
Submitted by gob on Fri, 02/04/2011 - 9:12am
Here are the results of the shallowest possbile online research on Gene Sharp:
Amazon's page of Sharp titles, including Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice And 21st Century Potential, From dictatorship to democracy: A conceptual framework for liberation, The politics of nonviolent action, Gandhi As a Political Strategist: With Essays on Ethics and Politics, and five more.
Wikipedia's Gene Sharp page: Read below the fold...
Submitted by hipparchia on Fri, 04/10/2009 - 10:35pm
Submitted by geneo on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 8:32pm
I have been reading and observing a lot of hate for the last week, and that is utterly necessary to my work. But I need a break, and this topic is something of a tonic for me. So I want to go back to a conversation on nonviolence Lambert and I had earlier this week, and see if I can offer some clarity. This will be a very long post. Read below the fold...
Submitted by amberglow on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 7:30pm
Gandhi, his Grandson, Israel, and the Jews --
... what did Mahatma Gandhi actually think of the idea of Israel, and of the fate of the Jews of his time?
As it turns out, M.K. Gandhi engaged in sustained conversation with Jewish intellectuals of his day—many of whom were dismayed by the great man's insistence, for example, that Jews in Germany should have willingly "offered themselves to the butcher's knife." Read below the fold...