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Is Nonviolence Still The Answer To Far-Right Thuggery?

As Donald Trump gleefully incites violence and white supremacists and others carry it out, what is the best response–the nonviolence of Martin Luther King, Jr., or the street fighting of Antifa?  That’s the question my colleague Sasha Abramsky brilliantly reports and discussed in this piece I edited:  https://www.thenation.com/article/is-nonviolence-or-fighting-back-the-answer-to-far-right-thuggery/

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2 Responses to “Is Nonviolence Still The Answer To Far-Right Thuggery?”

  • Tom says:

    Until the current power dynamic changes, non violent protest is still the most effective way. Why? Part of it is public perception of protestors. Many see protests and think violent scary out of control black people that only care about looting and so on. If a lot of people of color are there, it’s automatically a “riot”. If it mostly whites, it’s a “disturbance”.

    For whatever reasons, many people aren’t ready for violence in the streets. They’re not ready to deal with the consequences of this.

  • Tom says:

    In 1968, Rod Serling was one of many national figures protesting the Vietnam War. Keep in mind that he was a WWII vet who suffered from PTSD his whole life. His argument was to protest non violently. That way you gain more support. Then hopefully violent overthrow of the govt. wouldn’t be necessary.


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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.

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