Critique of Nonviolent Politics
From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement

Ryan, Howard

Year Published:  2002   First Published:  1984
Pages:  174pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX9124

Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social movements." He says that nonviolence theory "is troubled by moral dogma and mechanical logic."


Table of Contents


Part I Problems of Nonviolent Theory
1 Nonviolent Philosophy
2 Moral View: Violence Itself Is Wrong
3 Practical View: Violence Begets Violence
4 Nonviolent Theory of Power
5 Voluntary Suffering
6 Common Nonviolent Arguments
7 A Class Perspective

Part II Gandhi: A Critical History
8 Father of Nonviolence
9 Satyagraha in South Africa
10 Textile Strike
11 Noncooperation Movement 1919-22
12 Religious Conflicts
13 Salt Satyagraha
14 Congress Ministries
15 The War Years
16 Independence and Bloodshed

Part III Nonviolence in the Anti-Nuclear Movement
17 Nonviolent Direct Action
18 Consensus Decision Making
19 Open, Friendly, and Respectful
20 Civil Disobedience



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