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(en) Norwey, motmakt: Rape and Non-violence - Shon Meckfessels "Non-Violence Is Not What It Used To Be" by Adrien W [machine translation]
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:13:39 +0300
Reading Shon Meckfessel's book "Non-Violence Is Not What It Used to Be" is like staring
into a long-awaited, almost perfect conversation about goals and means, tactics and
strategy in social movements. ---- Mecfessel draws as much on academic skills as on
activist experience to present sheer insights about violence, non-violence and civil
disobedience. The book does not have all the answers, but puts it all the right questions.
While the book mainly relates to the United States, there are many lessons that can be
transferred to Norwegian conditions. Especially when it comes to antifascism, there is a
lot to get. ---- The book is an adaptation of Shon's doctoral dissertation, something
unfortunately the undersigned thinks it carries a little too much of it. The questions
raised are important and the academic jargon, especially in the second half of the book,
can repel some readers who either fail to master English at an advanced level or who
simply do not like this kind of academic text.
The book's target group is primarily activists and others who are interested in
discussions about rebellion, riots and non-violence as strategies for social change. If
you are one of those who are mostly concerned with commenting on what other mud is doing
instead of doing something yourself, you can find something here. Shon Meckfessel's
motivation to write the book is done explicitly early. It stems from a frustration of the
tendency to talk about both "violent" and non-violent means as if they were "magic".
In "Non-Violence Is Not What It Used to Be" there are no abstract fundamental discussions
about whether the goal sanctifies the medium. Instead, it is discussed whether some
concrete means are acceptable to achieve any specific goals. If you have experienced the
same frustration as Shon, the book will be a fresh breath and a source of inspiration.
Most liberal floccles are fired shortly. But it's interesting to see others wasting more
time. A critical criticism of the idea that violence can be committed against property is
noted as a highlight here.
Non violence is not what it once was.
As the title indicates is one of the main points Meckfessel wishes that language and
rhetoric around non-violence has remained static over time, the conditions and
preconditions for activism have changed significantly.
In the absence of the opportunity to use the same methods as those associated with Martin
Luther King Jr. and The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, social movements have in
recent years been based on a strategy based on dialogue and co-operation with state power.
Markings take place far from those trying to influence and arrests are a
well-choreographed ritual. Ideally no one is bothered by a demonstration. Tactics such as
sit-ins (occupation) and blockage of traffic and traffic are not only referred to as
radical but too radical to be effective, despite the fact that these tactics were
non-violent icons as Martin Luther King and Ghandi won. In this way, "non-violence" as
previously was a militant strategy for how to claim claims in a conflict changed meaning
to mean "non-conflict."
What has changed?
The author's main findings in the book are that non-violent direct action was dependent on
factors such as a relatively new, large and relatively monolithic press force. By
utilizing state power's tendency to respond to their actions with spectacular police
brutality, the civil rights movement could form powerful narratives through mass media.
Another factor affecting both India and the United States was the movement's potentia
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