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Is now the time to point out that the strategic mechanics of defections and alliances depending on violent or non-violent action (absence or presence rather than proportion) is compromised by their measurements of participation and support?

Or, more pointedly, that this seems entirely irrelevant to the problem that this book was recommended to me to address?
May 16, 2019 06:50AM
Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

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There's a glaring fault in the argument. I find the part about investing in extrajudicial means leading to a society with little to not investment in the machinery of democracy, but I don't necessarily view that as a bad thing. The need for revolution is prompted first by said failure of democracy. Systemic inefficiency breeds itself in more ways than the authors let on.
Jun 04, 2019 06:15PM
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So, some fairly serious methodological issues at this point. How can you evaluate directly sequential events but then separate them as distinct movements, especially when one dictated the material conditions of the next? How do you not parse that as a pro-violence movement precipitating directly from the obvious failure of a peaceful movement?
May 22, 2019 01:30PM
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Still interesting but the more I read, the more data caveats there are to account for in the argument this book was ultimately introduced to me to bolster. It's very much like "Well, they work better under these specific circumstances measured in this specific way and not taking into account all of these other variables". Good science but bad for discourse.
May 20, 2019 05:05PM
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They explicitly codify participation as bodies on the ground during an event and go so far as to acknowledge how limiting that is. How can I expect the results not to be biased by that? Of course you're going to have more bodies on the ground for non-violent action. You don't need that many people for violence to be effective.

I'm finishing but that is going to cast a palor of doubt over the remainder of the book.
May 16, 2019 05:33AM
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Seems rigorous enough so far but, for the purposes that I've been asked to review this information, the limitations of the study are concerning. Specifically, the fact that they limited themselves to 3 types of resistance, none of which appear germane to the subject under discussion. We'll see if there's a broader point to be made though.
May 14, 2019 07:06AM
Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict


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