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If only we all thought like this
on 1 March 2008
Like many powerful books, Non-violence is a slim volume that states a single point and states it clearly. Mark Kurlansky retells world history from the point of view of those who tried to resist their oppressors non-violently.
Kurlansky carefully disects the idea of a 'just war', the predicate of so many conflicts for hundreds of years, rendering it meaningless and unworthy. He then tries to expose the myth that non-violent protest is doomed to failure. He persuasively argues that an aggressor's main chance of defeating non-violent resistence is to force those resisting to abandon their principles and take up arms. He suggests that if the non-violent remain so, they are unassailable. This is a clearly written and well researched polemic, which should be compulsory reading for anybody considering becoming a head of state. Perhaps if more did so the world would be a happier, less violent place.