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May 12, 2005 4:49 pm


Nonviolent Resistance: Now More Than Ever



As stories on suicide bombers, kidnappings, futile counterinsurgencies continue to dominate the news, an article in Reason by Jesse Walker describes an encouraging trend:
For much of the twentieth century, the chief means of overthrowing a government were guerilla warfare and military coups. Nonviolent resistance existed—at times it thrived—but it was generally regarded as an odd aberration that rarely worked. But since the '70s, for a variety of reasons, the trend in revolution-making has been a gradual global shift from violent"people's war" to nonviolent people power.

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