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Jonathan Ladd @jonmladd
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Recent events provide a great illustration that, while it is a social norm in polite society to support nonviolent protest, in the face of actual nonviolent protests, most political and social elites really want no protest at all.
When people imagine nonviolent protest, elite only think of hopefully ineffective strategies like scheduled, fully permitted marches or rallies. Or strongly but politely worded opinion columns.
Actual effective nonviolent protests involve making life more difficult/uncomfortable/embarrassing for the targets of the protest. That's why it sometimes works.
Why are they boycotting and driving the bus system out of business? Do they want to live in a society without viable bus companies! How can we live like that? What a confrontational and hostile strategy! Can't we wait and do this in a more civil way?
Why do the suffragettes keep pestering politicians in their free time?
I could go in like this, but you should just read Martin Luther King's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," which addresses precisely this point. okra.stanford.edu/transcription/…
From MLK's "Letter From a Birmingham Jail."
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