Strict, Dogmatic Nonviolence Versus A Diversity of Tactics

Tools of control

In an interview for The Guardian, environmentalist and human rights activist and author, Arundhati Roy, told Stephen Moss, “If you’re an Adivasi [tribal Indian] living in a forest village and 800 CRP [Central Reserve Police] come and surround your village and start burning it, what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on hunger strike? Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theater. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.” This sums up why nonviolence is such a cataclysmic failure. Nonviolence relies entirely on an audience and not just any audience but an audience that is sympathetic to the nonviolent protesters and an audience who has power to change the situation or at least has influence among the powerful. It is a tactic that is completely reliant…

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One thought on “Strict, Dogmatic Nonviolence Versus A Diversity of Tactics

  1. I’d probably last about 20 seconds in a violent confrontation before having a heart attack. I’m pretty old, you know. But what a way to go!

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