from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Lack of violence.
- n. The doctrine, policy, or practice of rejecting violence in favor of peaceful tactics as a means of gaining political objectives.
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- n. A philosophy that rejects the use of violence, and instead seeks to bring about change through peaceful responses even to violent acts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The theory, doctrine, or practice of peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
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Re: The key feature to the success of nonviolence is the ideology of the oppressor.
The real power of nonviolence is not to deter an aggressor, but to unify your allies and potential supporters.
The key feature to the success of nonviolence is the ideology of the oppressor.
I just mean to underscore that nonviolence is a hard thing to adopt in a mass movement.
One of the foundational principles behind Quaker nonviolence is truthfulness.
So the goal in such a discussion cannot be to show that nonviolence is used more often then violence because that is just not true.
As I have asserted in everything I have written about nonviolence, nonviolence is very useful when there is a great disparity in the ability to mount physical force between those seeking equality and those defending the status quo.
If nonviolence is to work it must be used consistently and across the board.
For me, as for many who call themselves pacifists, nonviolence is the same.
Ultimately Morrar galvanized some 100 activists -- including Israelis -- to conduct more than 50 demonstrations, staring down the Israeli military and proving to Palestinians and the world that nonviolence is the key to political and existential survival.