Weekly Geeks – A Quote A Day

This week’s WG brought to you by Terri/teelgee.  A quote a day (or as many as you feel up to).

You may want to come up with awgbookpile theme, such as favorite passages from books, author quotes, political quotes, quotes about books or reading, humorous quotes, whatever. Or you may not want a theme at all; maybe you just want to gather up seven assorted quotes that appeal to you. You may want to start each of your posts of the week with a quote, or you may want to give quotes posts of their own in addition to your regular posts. It’s all up to you!

I tried to figure out a way to talk about nonviolence as a political/social interest last week but couldn’t figure out a way to say what I needed to say.  This week I can quote directly from people who research nonviolence or do this work much more directly then I do:nvaction

A rainbow of revolutions

Jan 19th 2006

From The Economist print edition

The 20th century was so horribly bloody that it has been easy to overlook the potency of peaceful boycotts, strikes, civil disobedience and public protests in many of the greatest upheavals of the past hundred years. In their book, “A Force More Powerful”, Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall chronicle some of those events: the popular uprising in Russia in 1905, Mohandas Gandhi’s campaign for Indian independence, the Danes’ resistance to the Nazis, Martin Luther King’s civil-rights campaign in America, Solidarity’s triumph in Poland, the noisy clattering of pots and pans in Chile in 1983 that sounded the beginning of the end for Augusto Pinochet, the demonstrations that eventually drove Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines from office in 1986, the first Palestinian intifada, the Tiananmen protests in 1989, and others. Few of these brought about an instant change of regime, but all of them proved seminal: that is, they planted the seeds of change.

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3 responses to “Weekly Geeks – A Quote A Day

  1. rikkiscraps

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing this. As a german another example come to mind very quickly. The peaceful protest and demonstrations that started in churches in East Germany that eventually led to the German re-unification. All those examples show that without violence you can achieve a lot.
    Thanks for visiting my geek post.
    Rikki

  2. All that Dr. King fought for – peaceful, nonviolent resolution. Thanks for the inspiring quote.

  3. Thank you, Gavin. I was there during the revolution that ousted Marcos in the Philippines.

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