LESSONS ON BUILDING DEMOCRACY AFTER NONVIOLENT REVOLUTION

The article behind this LINK is an excellent resource in facilitating an answer to the question, Why do some nonviolent revolutions end in democracy while others do not?  With the reality that our nation is rapidly descending into a fascist police state controlled by corporations and the handful of oligarchs behind them, and further realizing that this entire system is evil, immoral, corrupt, bankrupt, and utterly rotten to the core, thus unredeemable, it is clear that our ONLY option, our ONLY hope at this point in the United States, is to organize, plan, build solidarity within community, and rise up in a nonviolent revolution if we want a livable future for this nation and the planet. Jonathan Pinckney, the article’s author, helps the reader understand what has worked and not worked in the past, and what needs to be accomplished if we have any chance to succeed. There is a link to download or purchase the 104 page monograph from which the article itself is taken.

An excerpt: “What explains these differences? Why do some nonviolent revolutions end in democracy while others do not? And is nonviolent resistance really that much of a factor in promoting democracy in the first place? These are the questions that I examine in a new monograph from ICNC press: When Civil Resistance Succeeds: Building Democracy after Nonviolent Uprisings. The monograph builds on statistical research into 78 political transitions initiated by nonviolent resistance from 1945 to 2011, as well as interviews and in-depth examination of three particular transitions: Brazil’s transition away from military rule in the 1980s, Zambia’s transition away from single party rule in the 1990s, and Nepal’s transition away from monarchy in the 2000s. It focuses first on building our understanding of these questions using the best tools of social science research, and second on generating practical lessons that activists, political leaders and external actors interested in helping promote democracy after nonviolent revolutions can apply to their own situations.

The first major takeaway from the research is that nonviolent resistance does encourage democratic progress, even in very unfavorable circumstances. Out of the 78 political transitions initiated by nonviolent resistance, 60 ended with at least a minimal level of democracy. This is a much higher proportion than political transitions initiated through any other means. This strengthens the findings of earlier research that found that nonviolent resistance led to more democracy than violent resistance.”

Also, if you are skeptical that corporations and the oligarchs behind them own and control this filthy rotten system, listen or read what is behind this LINK.

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2018/11/16/lessons-on-building-democracy-after-nonviolent-revolution

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