Why Violent Revolution was Once a Way but Organized Massmilitant Nonviolence is the Furture, Part 1

Summary: The Chinese and Vietnamese revolutions are two examples (now more than 40 years old) of successful violent revolutionary struggle. But many of the changes more recently, for instance in Eastern Europe or Arab Spring, have come about largely nonviolently and with comparatively, many fewer deaths. The earth is now being poisoned by global warming and the wars of American militarism. The militarists use the threat of violence to attempt to legitimize their much greater violence. Nonviolence in a stronger version (more organized than Gandhi or even than the Southern civil rights movement) is a way forward.

Alan Gilbert is a longstanding anti-War and anti-racist activist as well as the author of Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence (2012).His activism and scholarship are two sides of a coin.


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