How Nonviolence Protects the State
Since the civil rights era, the doctrine of nonviolence has enjoyed near-universal acceptance by the US Left. Today protest is often shaped by cooperation with state authorities-even organizers of rallies against police brutality apply for police permits, and anti-imperialists usually stop short of supporting self-defense and armed resistance. How Nonviolence Protects the...more
A blatant and unreadable plagiarism of Churchill's highly recommended Pacism as Pathology. Boycott Peter Gelderloos.
Thoreau suggested and embodied his anti-government revolt with boycott, i.e., he did not pay taxes, he never got married, nor did he consume alcohol and/or tobacco. While he, in fact, employed a variety of nonviolent tactics, he did not separate protest into violence and nonviolence. It is certainly true that (admittedly a generalization) nonvio ...more
as a marxist, i found the authors arguments childish. like at one point i had to ask myself if the author was just pro violence fo ...more
In his book, Gelderloos makes a fearless though at points flawed argument against not simply pacifism, but the philosophy of nonviolence in the context of social change. Many are likely to find such a po ...more
The argumentation deployed by the author approaches the idea of nonviolence from every possible angle, then deconstructs it point by point: Pacifism, we find, channels ...more
like a lot of [white or passing poc] activists i know, i was raised to view "nonviolence" as the only morally acceptable way forward. i had a sort of naive faith that somehow, enough symbolic acts of non-violent civil disobedience could convince oppressive institutions to change for the better.
back then, i would have been very reluctant to hear what Gelderloos had to say. but he raises the important question: which tactics are effective for causing true, las ...more
I think it's an interesting premise, and some parts of this book are fascinating and well-argued. (Why Nonviolence is Racist, in particular.) The most convincing part is that all movements require a variety of tactics in order to succeed, and more radical violent groups often enable the success of more mainstream ideologies by forcing the state to deal with them. That's totally fair, and seems inarguably correct.
However, I think Gelderloos of ...more
How Nonviolence Protects the State is not a book against nonviolent activism. What it aggressively ...more
Gelderloos comienza confundiendo términos, para empezar. No es lo mismo el pacifismo que la manifestación no-violenta, ni tampoco es lo mismo que la desobediencia civil. Aclarado esto, pasa a poner en duda los triunfos de los movimientos no-violentos, y si bien hay referencias históricas rescatables, en otros puntos es muy endeble (como cuando cita un e-mail de un profesor indio para decir qu ...more
I would recommend every person who considers themselves an activist to read it. Even if you don't en ...more
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