Nonviolent action: responses to its critics
This blog post borrows unashamedly from the style of an excellent piece by Brian Martin, entitled “Social defence: arguments and actions”.1 Where I have used Professor Martin’s arguments, they are referenced in the text; all other arguments have been developed by myself and in discussion with other post-grad students at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.
The fact that nonviolent action can, has, and continues to topple dictatorships and threaten entrenched elites has become something of an established fact among activists, policy-makers and political scientists. The Colour Revolutions amongst the former Soviet states in the mid-2000s and the highly-publicised protests of the Arab Spring beginning in 2011, in particular, have also contributed to this becoming more widely known amongst the general public. There is now a large body of research involving case studies and statistical analysis showing…
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