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Nonviolence by Mark Kurlansky
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May 18, 10

An outstanding contribution to the understanding of nonviolence in world politics. I was startled to learn fact after historical fact that has been suppressed or simply ignored by our culture of violence. Kurlansky does not directly address the application of nonviolence to private, interpersonal politics -- or to the power struggles that go on within one person among competing values and beliefs. And he uses the term "power" only in the culturally accepted sense of "violent power" (or Starhawk's "power over"). Nevertheless his analysis provides wrenching argument for the necessity of complete transformation in our culture's concept of power. And time-tested information on how to do it.

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