- Debra Smith
- Niagara Falls / Toronto, On
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What does it take for nonviolent movements to succeed? Is there really power in nonviolent actions? Can nonviolence succeed?
I am encountering a lot of sceptism about the effectiveness of nonviolent protests and movements.
What does it take for nonviolent movements to succeed?
Here is an article about nonviolent movements in the Middle East to get us started:
An excerpt from the above article:
"Even if a government has a monopoly of military force and the support of the world’s one remaining superpower, it is still ultimately powerless if the people refuse to recognize its authority. Through general strikes, filling the streets, mass refusal to obey official orders, and other forms of nonviolent resistance, even the most autocratic regime cannot survive.
Freedom House, in its 2005 study “How Freedom Is Won: From Civic Resistance to Durable Democracy,” observed that, of the nearly 70 countries that had made the transition from dictatorship to varying degrees of democracy in the previous 30 years, only a small minority did so through armed struggle from below or reform instigated from above. Hardly any new democracies resulted from foreign invasion. In nearly three-quarters of the transitions, change was rooted in democratic civil-society organizations that employed nonviolent methods."
Please share your thoughts, reflections, examples and ideas.
Share examples of nonviolent successes even if you believe that others might know about them.