FDL Book Salon Welcomes Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 1:59 pm

In Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan review the scholarly literature on campaigns of popular and usually nonviolent resistance to undemocratic regimes in modern nations, including Iran, Burma, Palestine, and Israel. A table at the end and an online appendix refer to many other instances of nonviolence.


Diversity of Tactics – and Uniformity of Outcomes

By: Saturday February 11, 2012 7:52 am

We can debate all day long about what’s really violent; about whether Black Bloc is a part of Occupy, an offshoot, an infiltrator or a welcome counterpart; about whether actions taken during demonstrations need to be understood within a longer historical context. In the end, such fine distinctions will mostly be lost on those watching what little coverage is available.

Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Fifteen, Huge Demonstration Held at NYPD Headquarters

By: Saturday October 1, 2011 7:52 am

Thousands poured into St. Andrews Plaza, Foley Square, the Municipal Building Arcade and 1 Broadway on Chambers Street. (They may have been in City Hall Park.) The police made a line at the top of the staircase that connects St. Andrews Plaza with Police Plaza. [h/t Cynthia Kouril]

in front of the headquarters. They all sat down. Speakers stood up before the crowd and told the crowd about why they were in the plaza. But, there was one problem: the crowd was too big. That is a good problem but with no microphone or megaphone permitted they had to use “people’s mic” (which has been what the organizers use during their General Assemblies). The speaker could only say three or four words. The crowd immediately in front of the speaker would repeat what was said so everyone could hear. Then, a tier of people behind would repeat and then another tier of people behind that group would repeat what was said. Needless to say most of the speeches were brief.

Come Saturday Morning: Common Ground

By: Saturday October 1, 2011 6:45 am

I think that a lot of the critics of OWS mean well — they just don’t get the point of what Occupy Wall Street is doing. Hell, I myself didn’t figure it out until this week.

Egyptian Uprising Again Proves “Powerful Moral Force” of Nonviolence

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 4:30 pm

With Thursday’s news that the Egyptian military has said that it will support the anti-Mubarak protesters and the movement of the military to stand between the anti-Mubarak protesters and the pro-Mubarak thugs who attacked them on Wednesday, we see once again what the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. described as the “powerful moral force” of nonviolence in achieving social and political change, in direct contrast to the neocons’ blather that democracy could be imposed from outside a society at the end of a gun.

Did Pentagon Official Co-Opt MLK to Justify War? Jeh Johnson’s Full Remarks

By: Friday January 14, 2011 1:20 pm

I don’t agree with Johnson basically at all in his way-too-generous interpretation of King’s words to justify war. I think they’re more tied up in Johnson’s current profession and audience for that speech than anything else. But read the full remarks and judge for yourself.

TIME’s Epic Distortion of the Plight of Women in Afghanistan

By: Monday August 2, 2010 3:45 pm

Tomorrow, TIME Magazine will treat newsstand customers everywhere to one of the most rank propaganda plays of the Afghanistan War. The cover features a woman, Aisha, whose face was mutilated by the Taliban, next to the headline, “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan.” Far more people will see this image and have their emotions manipulated by it than will read the article within (which itself seems to be a journalistic travesty, if the web version is any indication), so TIME should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for such a dishonest snow job on their customers. Readers deserve better.

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