Gene Sharp’s theory of nonviolence
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Gene Sharp’s theory of nonviolence

Now in his 89th year, Gene Sharp has been repeatedly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The theorist of nonviolent resistance has been called the “Machiavelli of nonviolence” and the “Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare.” People in places as disparate as Serbia, Ukraine, Burma, and Egypt have cited Sharp’s importance. Sharp’s achievement has been to classify “methods of nonviolent action and catalogue hundreds of different techniques along with an extensive array of historical examples,” writes Brian Martin. The essence of Sharp’s theory of power is that “the power of rulers derives from consent of the subjects; non-violent action is a process of withdrawing consent,” a “refusal by subjects to obey.”


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