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    How Civil Resistance Can Topple a Dictator

    How Civil Resistance Can Topple a Dictator
    By Erica Chenoweth

    Many people across the United States are despondent about the new president – and the threat to democracy his rise could represent. But they shouldn’t be. At no time in recorded history have people been more equipped to effectively resist injustice using civil resistance.

    Today, those seeking knowledge about the theory and practice of civil resistance can find a wealth of information at their fingertips. In virtually any language, one can find training manuals, strategy-building tools, facilitation guides and documentation about successes and mistakes of past nonviolent campaigns.

    Material is available in many formats, including graphic novels, e-classes, films and documentaries, scholarly books, novels, websites, research monographs, research inventories, and children’s books. And of course, the world is full of experienced activists with wisdom to share.

    The United States has its own rich history – past and present – with effective uses of nonviolent resistance. The technique established alternative institutions like economic cooperatives, alternative courts and an underground constitutional convention in the American colonies resulting in the Declaration of Independence. In 20th century, strategic nonviolent resistance has won voting rights for women and for African Americans living in the Jim Crow South.

    * Article has many external links to articles of non-violent resistance, how and why it works and how successful it is. *

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    https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-civil-resistance-can-topple-a-dictator/

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