Author: David CortrightPublisher: Viva BooksYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 265ISBN/UPC (if available): 8130904756
Nonviolence is nice in theory, but is it really practical? Are the beliefs and principles of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. still relevant? Is nonviolence possible in a world gripped by the feat of terrorism? Will nonviolence work against adversaries without conscience, who deny every form of legal redress? What about Malcolm X's claim that nonviolence is too weak? Are more forceful methods of protest, as such sabotage and street trashing, justified in the struggle against corporate globalization?The tsunami of hyper-militarization that held much the United States in its grip in the years right after 9/11 has finally started to recede, leaving more questions than before about how people can respond effectively and in non-violence ways to the violence to our age, and how we can build a better world that takes away the cause for war. Cortight helps provide some good answers.In attempting to respond to these challenges, Cortright found a deeper meaning to nonviolence. He began to see nonviolence as more than a method of social action. It is a philosophy of life, a radically different way of being and doing. Non violence is not merely a tactic but a strategy.