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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:01 AM
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A fantastic manualof civil resistance (disguised as a scholarly study )
Erica Chenoweth & Maria J. Stephan Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare)

For more than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving their stated goals. By attracting impressive support from citizens, whose activism takes the form of protests, boycotts, civil disobedience, and other forms of nonviolent noncooperation, these efforts help separate regimes from their main sources of power and produce remarkable results, even in Iran, Burma, the Philippines, and the Palestinian Territories.

Combining statistical analysis with case studies of specific countries and territories, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan detail the factors enabling such campaigns to succeed and, sometimes, causing them to fail. They find that nonviolent resistance presents fewer obstacles to moral and physical involvement and commitment, and that higher levels of participation contribute to enhanced resilience, greater opportunities for tactical innovation and civic disruption (and therefore less incentive for a regime to maintain its status quo), and shifts in loyalty among opponents' erstwhile supporters, including members of the military establishment.

Chenoweth and Stephan conclude that successful nonviolent resistance ushers in more durable and internally peaceful democracies, which are less likely to regress into civil war. Presenting a rich, evidentiary argument, they originally and systematically compare violent and nonviolent outcomes in different historical periods and geographical contexts, debunking the myth that violence occurs because of structural and environmental factors and that it is necessary to achieve certain political goals. Instead, the authors discover, violent insurgency is rarely justifiable on strategic grounds.
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:07 AM
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1. Is this a good link to the study?
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enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:21 AM
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4. Thanks for the link. Works for me. (nt)
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:09 AM
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2. When it works, the violence all comes from entrenched power
Edited on Sat Nov-12-11 10:10 AM by Warpy
and causes that entrenched power to lose support from fence sitters and other passive supporters. You know, conservatives. While you can never count on a conservative to actively engage through protest, you can often count on them to be passive aggressive and refuse to cooperate as long as they're not being terribly inconvenienced.

All peaceful movements that have been successful have had violence committed against them. Unsuccessful ones have often grown frustrated and committed the violence, themselves.

Nonviolent noncooperation and passive resistance are powerful tools for powerless people. Gandhi showed the way. In a country like ours where any left winger who sticks his neck out as a leader gets destroyed, we all have to be Gandhi if we want to succeed.

Edit: Can we have a linkie, please?

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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:20 AM
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3. Here's the link to the Amazon page for the book.
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