The Man Who Tried to Take the Violence Out of War
February 5, 2018 7:26 AM   Subscribe

Gene Sharp, 1928-2018. The founder and former director of the Albert Einstein Institution dedicated his life to the study of nonviolent political struggle, and his books have been used as virtual how-to manuals by pro-democracy activists around the world. ("I would rather have [Sharp's book Civilian-Based Defense] than the nuclear bomb," Audrius Butkevicius, the former Lithuanian defense minister, once said.) Appreciation for Sharp from Slobodan Djinovic and Srdja Popovic (leaders of the anti-Milosevic movement in Serbia), Timothy Gee, and Jesse Walker.
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Gene Sharps writing is great and should be required reading.
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198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

broken into six basic categories:

THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND PERSUASION
THE METHODS OF SOCIAL NONCOOPERATION
THE METHODS OF ECONOMIC NONCOOPERATION: ECONOMIC BOYCOTTS
THE METHODS OF ECONOMIC NONCOOPERATION: THE STRIKE
THE METHODS OF POLITICAL NONCOOPERATION
THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT INTERVENTION


there will be a quiz
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is there a good starting point for getting into his work?
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posted by doctornemo at 9:44 AM on February 5


is there a good starting point for getting into his work?

The first volume of his three-part Politics of Nonviolent Action, titled Power and Struggle, is a pretty good start. The second part then exhaustively lists the methods of non-violent action, and the third part lays out a set of strategies for implementing a non-violent movement. They're great books, and relatively short.
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There's also the condensed version of The Politics of Nonviolent Action, titled How Nonviolent Struggle Works [PDF].
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posted by lunasol at 11:38 AM on February 5 [5 favorites]


They replayed an interview from 2010 with Mr. Sharp on NPR today and he spoke of how placing a flower in the business end of a gun blunts the instrument and makes the wielder less likely to fire. I honestly never thought of it that way. RIP, Mr. Sharp.
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