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    Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution

    When the nonpartisan International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, which trains democracy activists, slipped into Cairo several years ago to conduct a workshop, among the papers it distributed was Mr. Sharp’s “198 Methods of Nonviolent Action,” a list of tactics that range from hunger strikes to “protest disrobing” to “disclosing identities of secret agents.”

    Nonviolent action (also sometimes referred to as people power, political defiance, and nonviolent struggle) is a technique of action for applying power in a conflict by using symbolic protests, noncooperation, and defiance, but not physical violence. Nonviolent action may involve:
    1. Acts of omission—that is, people may refuse to perform acts that they usually perform, are expected by custom to perform, or are required by law or regulation to perform;
    2. Acts of commission—that is, people may perform acts that they do not usually perform, are not expected by custom to perform, or are forbidden to perform; or
    3. A combination of the two.

    As a technique, therefore, nonviolent action is not passive. It is not inaction. It is action that is nonviolent.

    198 Methods of Nonviolent Action

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    by Into The Woods on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 05:26:09 PM PST

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