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  Progressives…and strategies…

September 10th, 2017 · No Comments

We have critiqued the issue of non-violence here many times and it is important for Progressives to stop being manipulated by gandhian hype.

This article appears to forget that the american revolution was a military operation. So the statement fails for one the earliest modern democracies. One might well choose non-violence for strictly strategic reasons, but that’s not the same as inferring a principle or a generalization. Taking on the US government is no joke, of course and violent strategies could backfire. But in principle democracy was won through violent methods…we may have the electoral non-violent means now to create a revolutionary/evolutionary change, but naivete won’t help.
One reason the left always goes down the tubes is wrong thinking. I have to wonder if this new Progressive whatever is headed that way…?

Posted by Gail McGowan Mellor on Friday, April 7, 2017

Erica Chenoweth, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict , says “nonviolent resistance has actually been the quickest, least costly, and safest way to struggle.” Her studies in the last 100 years across the world show that while violent resistance usually fails, non-violent resistance usually succeeds, and that the active support of 3.5% of the people makes the desired change unstoppable.

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