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The Power of Nonviolence in History

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During the Second World War, and before the attack on Pearl Harbour, Britain was in desperate need of American supplies and arms to keep the war effort afloat. Part of the issue here was that Americans did not wish to get involved at all in European affairs as this was still her era of neutrality. In order to continue justifying aid to the war effort Roosevelt had to continue drawing concessions from the British in return for assistance. One of these concessions was the dismantling of the preferential trade network Britain had with her colonies (we all know America loves free trade). Churchill agreed, this was really the moment when the British empire ended.

 

Yes, i've read about this in some history book. This case was used as example of geopolitical wisdom: young imperialist power (USA) strangled old imperialist power (British Empire) without any war and even staying the "ally" of the victim. So, British Empire began to crumble soon after its formal victory in WW2.



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Is There a Nonviolent Path to a Livable Future? A Conversation With Chris Moore-Backman

 

http://www.truth-out...s-moore-backman

 

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We live in a time of extraordinary social ferment and upheaval, with deepening divisions, dislocation and extreme poverty. Add to this the full-blown ecological emergency of climate change and the continued existence of our current civilization and perhaps even our species is on the line. Chris Moore-Backman's recently released first book, The Gandhian Iceberg: A Nonviolence Manifesto for the Age of the Great Turning, wrestles with the critical question that now looms before us: Is there a nonviolent path to a livable future? Moore-Backman -- who has worked with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and Christian Peacemaker Teams, and who has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine --looks at this complexity from his unique perspective as a fully committed writer, nonviolence scholar and frontlines practitioner.

 

Against the backdrop of a painfully divisive US election, midstream in this era of the Movement for Black Lives and Standing Rock, and with a post-inauguration Women's March on Washington just around the bend, I interviewed Moore-Backman about his book.

 

Miki Kashtan: Could you talk a bit about the metaphor of an iceberg, and how and why you've used it to frame your work?

 

Chris Moore-Backman: I'm always on the lookout for creative ways to capture the full significance of nonviolence and to challenge prevailing assumptions about it. I recently began using the visual of an iceberg -- a particularly potent image given the climate emergency -- to represent the three core features of Gandhi's theory and practice which, taken together, point to something far deeper and stronger than what is usually associated with nonviolence.

 

The Gandhian Iceberg is a twist on the conventional depiction of an iceberg, in that the proverbial "tip of the iceberg" in this model refers only to the small, outermost edge of the ice visible above water. The biggest, weightiest part of the iceberg -- the enormous mass under water -- is what Gandhi called self-purification, which I refer to as self-transformation. This is the foundational expression of nonviolence, where we align our individual practice with our deepest principles. ….Lastly, we head out to the very edge of the ice above water, the tip of the iceberg, which stands for satyagraha, or nonviolent resistance: the practice of love-in-action in situations of conflict. 

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A statue of Mahatma Gandhi in São Paulo, Brazil.

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The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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They do know how to handle non-violence. They've been dealing with non-violence for decades.

Anyone who doesn't understand this is literally a hippie.

 

We use your reluctance to strike against you. We direct your words. We mold who you trust. We contain you into special zones where you'll allowed to be as petulant as you wish. 

 

 

Nonviolence is predicated on the belief that your opponent will also be nonviolent, that your neighbor will be moved by your own suffering to speak up and also be nonviolent. All I have to do is make it look like you're the one who's in the wrong— make your neighbor cheer me striking you in the face while you give me flowers. And because you won't be able to strike me back, you'll forever be paralyzed while I bulldoze your home and chain your children. All the while, you'll be chanting slogans in your specially designated free-speech zone.


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Non-violence is winning, non-violence will keep winning,  

 

that is why we have 7 billion people, up 6 billion from over a hundred years ago, that is why we are all talking to each right now from every part of the globe and why gays arent being bashed in the street.

 

The problem is pro-violent people cant actually fucking count.  WW2 killed 3% of the global population, obviously most people on the planet werent shooting at anyone.  By the end of this century, we will all be vegetarian.


'Force always attracts men of low morality' - Einstein
'Great spirits always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds' - Einstein

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Non-violence is winning, non-violence will keep winning

Non-violence is winning...

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...from within the confines of free-speech zones.


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They do know how to handle non-violence. They've been dealing with non-violence for decades.

Anyone who doesn't understand this is literally a hippie.

 

We use your reluctance to strike against you. We direct your words. We mold who you trust. We contain you into special zones where you'll allowed to be as petulant as you wish. 

 

 

Nonviolence is predicated on the belief that your opponent will also be nonviolent, that your neighbor will be moved by your own suffering to speak up and also be nonviolent. All I have to do is make it look like you're the one who's in the wrong— make your neighbor cheer me striking you in the face while you give me flowers. And because you won't be able to strike me back, you'll forever be paralyzed while I bulldoze your home and chain your children. All the while, you'll be chanting slogans in your specially designated free-speech zone.

 

I think you do not understand the concept of nonviolent civil disobedience.  It involves far more than simply chanting slogans in "specially designated free-speech zones." It involves non-cooperation with evil. Such non-cooperation involves tactics that go far beyond merely making speeches, although persuasive speeches are certainly a part of its arsenal.

 

How do you think the entrenched interests "make it look like your the one who is wrong"?  

 

They do so by playing on fears that "you" wish to utilize force to ram your ideology down their throats.  Use of non-violent techniques of non-cooperation allows you to gain the high moral ground and undermine their ability to discredit you. Advocating violence also introduces a needless schism on the left and risks alienating potential allies. I know you are upset about the outcome of this last election cycle. So am I. I would advise that you need to calm down, take a few steps back, and rethink your emotional outburst of a reaction.

 

An embrace of answers that are as bad as the problems that such answers seek to solve is no answer.  


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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Sorry if I was a bit rough on you there Yuli.  I guess you caught me in a grumpy mood.


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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Don’t Feed the Trolls — How to Combat the Alt-right

 

https://wagingnonvio...mbat-alt-right/

 

 

Introduction:

 

When white supremacists gather, I get that our initial impulse is to do everything we can to simply shut them down. But it’s very possible that attempts to do so are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. To feel like they are being victimized, to feel like their way of life is being threatened, to gain media attention to legitimize their movement, to demonize the left and to gain more and more recruits for their cause.

 

…We need to remind ourselves that we are the majority, and they are the ones resisting the changes our society is going through. While we need to meet the urgency of this moment, we can also allow ourselves time to breath and not feel like the world is collapsing around us.

 

Maintain the moral high ground

 

This is ultimately a battle for the morals of this country. It is about right and wrong.

Most people like to think of themselves as moral people, and while white supremacy runs deeper than the average person realizes, most people would not identify as Nazis or white supremacists.

 

In a battle for morals, imagery and messaging is everything. If we lose the PR battle, even if we are ultimately on the right side of justice, we may give the alt-right ammunition they desperately need. And if we don’t provide them with that ammunition, their movement will struggle to gain momentum.

 

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 In Portland, about 10 Patriot Prayer supporters paraded inside a barricaded area protected by dozens of riot police.

Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls






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