Articles

There are a great many articles about aspects of nonviolent action. I have carefully selected just a few of these because they explain and/or illustrate important points about nonviolent strategy. If you click on any of the links below, you will be able to read (and download) that particular article.

1. ‘The Modified Consent Theory of Power’. This article simply explains and illustrates the consent theory of power and explains why it is inadequate in the imperial world of today. It also explains and illustrates the modified consent theory of power and identifies its importance to effective nonviolent strategy.

2. ‘Nonviolent Action: Why and How it Works’. This article briefly explains why and how nonviolent action works.

3. ‘The Political Objective and Strategic Goal of Nonviolent Actions’. This article explains the vital distinction, which is virtually never understood, between the political objective and the strategic goal of any nonviolent action.

4. ‘Nonviolent Activism and the Police’ explains, from a Gandhian perspective, the appropriate nature of the relationship between activists and the military/police forces of the opponent elite.

5. ‘How to do Police Liaison’ explains how to do police liaison, which applies equally to liaison with military forces.

6. ‘Police Deals and Threats: How Should Nonviolent Activists Respond?’ explains how to respond to police/military deals and threats.

7. ‘Should I Be Arrested?’ will give nonviolent activists plenty to think about in response to this perennial question. See article ‘Strategic Noncooperation Following Arrest’ by Anita McKone below as well.

8. ‘Nonviolent Action: Minimizing the Risk of Violent Repression’ explains how to plan and implement your nonviolent action if you anticipate severe military and/or police repression but intend to proceed with your particular nonviolent action anyway.

9. ‘198 Tactics of Nonviolent Action’ is a document extracted from Gene Sharp’s The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Part Two: The Methods of Nonviolent Action. It is a comprehensive list of possible tactics that might be used in a nonviolent action campaign. I had added photos from many different (historic and current) nonviolent struggles around the world.

10. ‘Secrecy and Pragmatism in Nonviolent Action’, written by Anita McKone, explains why actions requiring secrecy are strategically damaging to nonviolent campaigns; it also defines the term ‘pragmatic nonviolence’.

11. ‘Fear, Fearlessness and Nonviolent Action’, written by Anita McKone, explains how nonviolent action exposes irrational fears while not causing genuine fears in your opponent.

12. ‘Powerless Anger, Powerful Anger and Nonviolent Action’, written by Anita McKone, explains the importance and role of powerful anger in nonviolent action and the dysfunctionality of powerless anger.

13. ‘Strategic Noncooperation Following Arrest’, written by Anita McKone, explains in detail the many issues a nonviolent activist might consider in relation to arrest, bail, court and prison.

Source of this document: https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/articles/