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How To Have A Non-violent Revolution

Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:05 am

It appears that the inspiration for a number of recent popular uprisings is a book written by Gene Sharp, a largely (or popularly) unknown academic living in Boston

In an old townhouse in East Boston an elderly stooped man is tending rare orchids in his shabby office. His Labrador Sally lies on the floor between stacks of academic papers watching him as he shuffles past.

This is Dr Gene Sharp the man now credited with the strategy behind the toppling of the Egyptian government.

Gene Sharp is the world's foremost expert on non-violent revolution. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, his books slipped across borders and hidden from secret policemen all over the world.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12522848

Power to the people? Clearly a dangerous thing in places like Russia, Iran, Venezuela

When it reached Russia the intelligence services raided the print shop and the shops selling it mysteriously burned to the ground.

The Iranians became so worried they broadcast an animated propaganda film on state TV - of Gene Sharp plotting the overthrow of Iran from The White House.

President Hugo Chavez used his weekly television address to warn the country that Sharp was a threat to the national security of Venezuela.
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RE: How To Have A Non-violent Revolution

Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:38 am

Ask Gandhi.......India owes its Independence to this simple man,whose respect by billions got its Independence.
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RE: How To Have A Non-violent Revolution

Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:54 am

Quoting oly720man (Thread starter):
This is Dr Gene Sharp the man now credited with the strategy behind the toppling of the Egyptian government.

I'm sure the hundreds who died wouldn't call it a non violent revolution.
 
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RE: How To Have A Non-violent Revolution

Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:15 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 2):
Quoting oly720man (Thread starter):
This is Dr Gene Sharp the man now credited with the strategy behind the toppling of the Egyptian government.

I'm sure the hundreds who died wouldn't call it a non violent revolution.

The reason it turn violent is that the leaders in charge decided that they will not and would not go quietly. The people have awaken and decided that the time has come. We here in the US have a non violent revolution every year when we head to the polls to vote. The people voted out the Republicans, voted in the Democrats. The people awoke and decided that the Democrats are not doing a good enough job and voted the Republicans back in. Is that not non violent?
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RE: How To Have A Non-violent Revolution

Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:07 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 1):
Ask Gandhi.......India owes its Independence to this simple man, whose respect by billions got its Independence.


I am sorry but I do not think that India gained its independence just because Gandhi walked to the sea to get some salt. The 1919 Jallianwallah Bagh massacre was in response to a peaceful gathering. For several years there were not only displays of passive resistance but also major strikes by workers that had a major impact. In several cities there were demonstrations that were violent, resulting in the deaths of both demonstrators and police. There was also division among those who wanted the British to leave India. Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose did not completely share Gandhi's views, let alone people like Jinna.

The second world war clearly revealed the weakness of Britain and in the aftermath the British were only too happy to relinquish some of the burden while maintaining at least a semblence of continuity. Gandhi may have seen the British agree to withdraw from India but he was swept away by the violence that followed. Partition saw millions of people dislodged from there homes and countless dead. Among them Gandhi: shot by an Indian nationalist who believed that the Mahatma had ceded too much ground to those who favoured partition.

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