Nonviolent conflict.

It’s the most dangerous threat to the powers dictating life on the planet today, and they know it.

But it’s probably not what you think, and that works for them.

Nonviolent conflict has nothing to do with “peace,” or negotiation, or conflict resolution. Rather, it is an all out effort to defeat tyrants with whom there can be no peace, negotiation, or conflict resolution.

Nonviolent conflict has nothing to do with pacifism. It’s just the opposite – it’s people standing up against oppression instead of accepting it. While its many tactics allow anyone to participate, standing up against violent oppression is not for the faint of heart: it requires as much or more courage as wielding a weapon.

Nonviolent conflict is the third way for social change other than violence or the normal institutional channels. It is not nonviolent conflict if the people need a permit – it happens outside of the law.

Nonviolent conflict is a means for social transformation that does not require a vow of personal nonviolence by its participants. In other words, there is a difference between using nonviolent methods to condition the resulting society and fighting off criminal or psychotic elements attempting to harm you or others. Yes, you can still use violence to protect your family.

Nonviolent conflict allows us to stand up for our rights while still honoring the humanism of the other, our highest values of conduct, and our responsibility to protect the viability of our planet.

And get this: over the last hundred years it has been shown to be almost twice as successful as violent insurgency while increasing the subsequent freedom, democracy, and reconciliation in the country while reducing its chance for civil war.

It’s pure people power, and humanity’s path to eventually claiming its right as ultimate sovereign on Earth with the power to dictate how governments and corporations conduct our business on the planet.

Bridging the gap between the public and the academy.

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