The Case For Non Violent Protest

Despite the chaos and uncertainty of the last couple of weeks, there have been moments of  brightness and inspiration.  The women’s marches, the airport protest and the Yemeni bodega strike have shown that people can protest massively and peacefully.

There have been a few instances where a few wrongheaded protesters violently shoot the cause in the foot and play right into the hands of those who may want to crush them.

I am talking, of course, about protests that turned violent at UC Berkeley and also in DC on the day of the inauguration.

While some may take vicarious pleasure in these actions, they have done nothing to further the cause of freedom or justice and have perhaps only emboldened the enemies of these things.  I can’t think of a single redeeming thing to say about the person who was set to speak at UC Berkeley, and I don’t have a problem with anyone peacefully protesting his appearance, but the violence that erupted only gives him and his allies ammunition.

I will conclude with a couple of links that make the same point and  a picture.

Keep a cool head, no matter what.

 

Civil Resistance and the 3.5% Rule

Milo Yiannopoulos Feeds on Your Violent Protests. So Does Donald Trump.

Berkeley protesters just fell into the most obvious trap imaginable. Again

 

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