The relationship between violent and nonviolent action is not as clear-cut as it may at first appear. In principle, as nonviolence guru Gene Sharp repeatedly reminds us, violence must not be combined with nonviolent action. Why? For one thing, violence will undermine the legitimacy and moral high ground enjoyed by nonviolent resisters. Why is this … Read more How Nonviolent is Nonviolent Action?
This is the decisive decade for humankind and other species. We tackle dire trends now. Or we face a bleak future in which our constricted pandemic life now becomes the norm for all but the wealthiest. Our rational and technological prowess, in combination with market-based power structures, has brought us to the brink of catastrophe. … Read more Making the Impossible Possible: Coalitional Movement Politics in the Decisive Decade
(Image: Brisbane Anti-Racism Protest – 6 June 2020 – Andrew Mercer) To usher in systemic change, the left faces the challenge of not only reconciling racial inequities with class solidarity, but also avoiding two strategic errors of the past that have consigned the left to cooptation or irrelevance. Martin Luther King’s observation in the late … Read more Racism, Class Solidarity and Systemic Change