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A gem of a book.
on 7 October 2016
Walter Wink, in the space of only one hundred pages, does a great job of explaining the power of non-violence protest, and why it shouldn't be confused with being passive.
The way of nonviolence is not about turning a blind eye to injustice, nor avoiding conflict. It's about creatively engaging with Powers and oppressive regimes in a way that doesn't just perpetuate the problems and the means of the things we are against.
As Wink himself states;
"Violence simply is not radical enough, since it generally changes only the rulers but not the rules. What use is a revolution that fails to address the fundamental problem: the existence of domination in all it's forms, and the myth of redemptive violence that perpetuates it?...Violent revolutionaries are involved in a contradiction that jeopardizes the very order they wish to establish. They plan to gain power by the very means that they will declare illegal when they gain power. But they will have established a precedent that legitimates the use of violence by those who disagree with them and wish to replace them" (p.72-73)...."It was not because he was a failed insurrectionist that Jesus died as he did, but because he preferred to suffer injustice and violence rather than be their cause (p.87)."
"Jesus abhors both passivity and violence as responses to evil. His is a third alternative (p.13)...
If you're wondering what how that third way looks, then grab a copy of the book.
--Tristan Sherwin, author of *Love: Expressed*