Non-Violent Mass Action

Interesting and encouraging  article in November 23 issue of The New Yorker, on nonviolent mass action, or strategic nonviolent conflict, or unarmed insurrection  The Anti-Coup by Andrew Marantz.

Here are some of the resources (web sites, books, publications, institutions) mentioned in the article:

Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know - Erica Chenoweth

Hold the Line 

Choose Democracy

Protect the Results

Momentum (activist training institute

International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict

James Lawson Institute

The Politics of Nonviolent Action – Gene Sharp (3 vol)

Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) (database)

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict – Cnenweth & Stephan, 2011

The United States Institute of Peace

The Anti-Coup – Sharp

Albert Einstein Institute

From Dictatorship to Democracy (pamphlet, 1993)

Global Nonviolent Action Database

Chenoweth TED talk, 2013

Counting Commitments to Democracy   Counting Complicity  (Google spreadsheet)

Successful campaigns generally did four things: They mobilized mass popular participation. They encouraged defection by people in positions of authority, like economic and business elites, security forces, even members of the opposition party. They tended not to rely soelely on mass demonstrations but instead used methods of dispersal and noncooperation, like boycotts and strikes, And, finally, they stayed disciplined even when repression escalated.

… political power comes from the ability to elicit others’ voluntary obedience.



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