Sunday, July 24, 2011

Faces of Nonviolence

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  1. If you may tolerate some quibble, I'd put José Bové on the same page as Nelson Mandela (even if if did not reach the same accomplishments - from what I understand, the means may count more here?) : his campaigns have indeed involved violence, at least in the form of destruction (the McDonald restaurant in Millau and the GM crops destructions), in a manner not completely unrelated to the sabotage actions of Mandela.

    But that's only a quibble, and promotion of non-violence goes way beyond that.

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  2. Yes, that's debatable. I hesitated a bit before including him. On balance, though, I think there is a significant difference between destruction of property and violence against humans, and Nelson Mandela was involved in and supported violence against humans. He never repudiated it, either.

    FWIW, I think this whole violence against humans thing is an incredibly thorny question; it's one I've been grappling with for a very long time. There are people on the "Terrorism" page I greatly admire, and people on the "Nonviolence" page with whom I have deep differences. Not all of the terrorists lost; not all of the nonviolent ones won, and vice versa.

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