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Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp

Since nonviolent struggle and violence operate in fundamentally different ways, even limited resistance violence during a political defiance campaign will be counterproductive, for it will shift the struggle to one in which the dictators have an overwhelming advantage (military warfare).

Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp

The effect of nonviolent struggle is not only to weaken and remove the dictators, but also to empower the oppressed.  This technique enables people who formerly felt themselves to be only pawns or victims to wield power directly in order to gain by their own efforts greater freedom and justice.

Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp

It is often impossible to keep... police and intelligence agents from learning about intentions and plans.  From the perspective of the movement, secrecy is not only rooted in fear but contributes to fear, which dampens the spirit of resistance and reduces the number of people who can participate in a given action.

Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp

Nonviolent struggle both requires and tends to produce a loss (or greater control) of fear of the government and its violent repression.

Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp

The old preconception that violent means always work quickly and nonviolent means always require vast time is clearly not valid.



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