by Kathie MM
It is not surprising that several previous engaging peace posts have made references to Gene Sharp—e.g., here and here . What is surprising, even to me, is that I have not yet devoted the kind of space to him he deserves—which I will do, starting today.
Although the activities of the nonviolent resistance movement are often shunned by the mainstream media, propaganda machines of the military-industrial complex (which prefer to focus on wars, violence, “terrorist threats,”
and various other horrors purported to demand violent responses), Sharp’s revolutionary (nonviolently revolutionary) work has been well-recognized and appreciated internationally.
He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015, and for the U.S. Peace Memorial Peace Prize in 2012 and has received numerous awards for his work, including the Peace Abbey’s International Courage of Conscience Award .
Here are some samples of his position:
“I think you get rid of violence only if people see that you have a different way of acting, a different way of struggle.”
“It’s a nonsense assumption that you can get rid of terrorism with war. Terrorism is taking the lives of innocent people to gain your objective. War is basically the same thing on a larger scale.”
“Nonviolent action is just what it says: action which is nonviolent, not inaction. This technique consists, not simply of words, but of active protest, noncooperation, and intervention. Overwhelmingly, it is a group or mass action.”
These are not empty words. Don’t let anyone convince you that violence can only be dealt with by violence. The greater truth is that violence begets violence.
Stay tuned for future posts on Gene Sharp.