Incremental change is yesterday’s news

Mark and Paul Engler’s This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century has been getting rave reviews from exactly the right people.  Naomi Klein, author of the Shock Doctrine and of This Changes Everything called it:

Absorbing… Ambitious… Indispensable.  A genuine gift to social movements everywhere.

Bill McKibben of said:

This is a landmark book [about] a powerful method for making real change fast.  And real change fast is in fact what our world requires.

Even more impressive is Erica Chenoweth, co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works, in her praise:

Mark and Paul Engler have compiled a true masterpiece on the history, logic, ethics, and power of nonviolent action…  Sure to inform and inspire for generations to come.

If 3.5% of the people get organized the ruling elites a history

Generally speaking, writing a review before you finish reading the book is not a good idea, but so far, I wholeheartedly agree with all of the above.  Not only that, if you are ready to focus on something more constructive than what is on offer in the corporate media, you should start reading before I finish.

To whet your appetite I’ll leave you with this quote:

The process of promoting change by swaying public opinion is a more circuitous approach than making a narrow demand and targeting it at a specific powerbroker. “In classical politics, you’re interested in the direct route to victory,” says Marovic. “But in building a movement, you’re interested in the more fundamental change that happens through the activation of citizens.

My translation?  If you are looking for change, forget about the political class; they are to the winds of change as weathervanes are to the direction of the wind.

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Peter Nightingale is a theoretical physicist and teaches at the University of Rhode Island. He strives to leave behind a more just and peaceful, sustainable post-capitalist world for future generations, and his children and grandchildren in particular.

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