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The Unconquerable World

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Jan. 23rd, 2005 | 11:00 pm

I finished reading The Unconquerable World tonight. I'm rather impressed with his treatment of on the role of violence in revolution, and the nature of power--both of states and of peoples.

One of the most shocking claims is that a large swath of modern revolutions, american, french, russian, were non-violent, or at least grabbing the reins of power were non-violent. What happened is that the revolutionaries worked together to build political structures and then one day tried to seize power, only to discover it being thrust into their laps by people who decided to stop obeying the old regime.

Once the revolution was accomplished several of the revolutionaries then bathed themselves in blood as they tried to solidify their control over their state.

Also the author argues rather convincingly that if you want to make the world a better place, it is far better to stand up and take concrete action than to sit around saying after the revolution things will be better. Apparently organizing a group of people to go pick up litter engenders the cooperative power that creates states.

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velcrocat

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from: velcrocat
date: Jan. 24th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
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random non-related question... what is that personals site that always matches us up at like 80%? i can't remember it for the life of me.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 24th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Ok Cupid.

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