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    198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

    198 METHODS OF NONVIOLENT ACTION

    Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an entire arsenal of “nonviolent weapons” at their disposal. Listed below are 198 of them, classified into three broad categories: nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation (social, economic, and political), and nonviolent intervention. A description and historical examples of each can be found in volume two of The Politics of Nonviolent Action, by Gene Sharp.

     

    THE METHODS OF NONVIOLENT PROTEST AND PERSUASION
    Formal Statements
    1. Public Speeches
    2. Letters of opposition or support
    3. Declarations by organizations and institutions
    4. Signed public statements
    5. Declarations of indictment and intention
    6. Group or mass petitions

    Communications with a Wider Audience
    7. Slogans, caricatures, and symbols
    8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications
    9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books
    10. Newspapers and journals
    11. Records, radio, and television
    12. Skywriting and earthwriting

    Group Representations
    13. Deputations
    14. Mock awards
    15. Group lobbying
    16. Picketing
    17. Mock elections

    Symbolic Public Acts
    18. Displays of flags and symbolic colors
    19. Wearing of symbols
    20. Prayer and worship
    21. Delivering symbolic objects
    22. Protest disrobings
    23. Destruction of own property
    24. Symbolic lights
    25. Displays of portraits
    26. Paint as protest
    27. New signs and names
    28. Symbolic sounds
    29. Symbolic reclamations
    30. Rude gestures

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    198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

    Marym625, NVBirdlady, VoiceOfReason and 13 othersCharles, jwirr, ravensong, ragingmoderate, Rocco, Passionate Progressive, hopemountain, bobthedrummer, Tommcc99, TM99, snot, daleanime, ThouArtThat like this
    It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in the minds of men - Samuel Adams
    It's the height of privilege to win a primary rigged by your elite cronies, then act entitled to the votes of people you cheated - Jill Stein
     

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    • daleanime (1790 posts)
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      1. Bookmarked!

      I think we’ll need this list for the rest of our lives.  There’s a ton of work to do, and tons of money working against us.

      When the going gets tough, the tough take care of each other
      • no retreat no surrender (1035 posts)
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        2. Really

        There are a lot of good ideas on there.

        It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in the minds of men - Samuel Adams
        It's the height of privilege to win a primary rigged by your elite cronies, then act entitled to the votes of people you cheated - Jill Stein
         
    • TM99 (4694 posts)
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      3. Excellent.

      I am going to make this a sticky.

      Thank you. :)

      When you hear people raising reasoned objections to Trump’s policies and appointments, odds are that you’re listening to the sort of thoughtful dissent that’s essential to any semblance of democracy, and it may be worth taking seriously. When you hear people criticizing Trump and his appointees for doing the same thing his rivals would have done, or his predecessors did, odds are that you’re getting the normal hypocrisy of partisan politics, and you can roll your eyes and stroll on. But when you hear people shrieking that Donald Trump is the illegitimate result of a one-night stand between Ming the Merciless and Cruella de Vil, that he cackles in Russian while barbecuing babies on a bonfire, that everyone who voted for him must be a card-carrying Nazi who hates the human race, or whatever other bit of over-the-top hate speech happens to be fashionable among the chattering classes at the moment—why, then, dear reader, you’re hearing a phenomenon as omnipresent and unmentionable in today’s America as sex was in Victorian England. You’re hearing the voice of class bigotry: the hate that dare not speak its name.  -- John Michael Greer
    • bobthedrummer (1766 posts)
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      4. They all work-use discrection and common sense–thanks no retreat no surrender!

      :fistbump:

      All power to the People.
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      • jwirr (2959 posts)
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        8. So what then is the alternative? They are heavily armed with everything from

        tear gas to drones. They have even armed our police. I think that we are crazy to think we can win an armed war. We could make their lives miserable but that is about as far as we could get. And then they would retaliate.

      • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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        9. I would not report you

        too funny to report.

        "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
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          • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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            13. feel better now?

            sounds like you are having a panic attack.

             

            "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
          • FanBoy (7127 posts)
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            15. however, some of the 'black bloc" or at least people posing as same,

            have been outed as police/provocateurs — both here and in Canada.

            personally I don’t think that random window breaking is likely to stop the machine

             

      • FanBoy (7127 posts)
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        14. i'm kind of a mind with you for similar reasons. violence or expense

        or massive non cooperation is the counterpoint to non-violence when it works.  one way or another there has to be a big enough cost to the rulers to get them to  change their ways.   and it’s a never-ending struggle.

    • sangfroid (1295 posts)
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      6. A fine book!

      The other great book by Gene Sharp is From Dictatorship to Democracy. Fine books.

      He won, she lost - so why don't I feel better about the whole thing?
      • FanBoy (7127 posts)
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        16. are you familiar with the criticisms levelled against sharp?

    • ThomPaine (3069 posts)
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      7. Thanks to who ever pinned this thread.

      aka rhett o rick.     The rich treat us like ants. They may avoid stepping on us, but if our home is in the way of their new swimming pool, we can kiss our ants goodbye.
    • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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      10. very good, however

      some of those things could get you killed.  Don’t blow your cover.

      Added: screaming fuck you at the oligarcy.

      "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
    • faultindicator (745 posts)
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      21. Here is a link to the audio version (for illiterates like myself) on Librivox

      https://librivox.org/there-are-realistic-alternatives-by-gene-sharp/

      1 – Chapter 1 – Developing a Realistic Alternative to War and other Violence

      2 – Chapter 2 – The Importance of Strategic Planning in Nonviolent Struggle

      3 – Chapter 3 – Steps in Strategic Planning for Nonviolent Struggles Against Repressive Regimes

      4 – Appendix 1 – Glossary of Important Terms in Nonviolent Struggle

      5 – Appendix 2 – 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

      6 – Appendix 3 – Further Reading – Acknowledgments, and other information

       

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