Wednesday, January 16, 2013
It Is Time to Withdraw Your Consent
Until today, I did not know the name Gene Sharp, but when I stopped by Arts & Letters Daily, I noted a link to a piece on Gene Sharp which Arts & Letters Daily introduced with the words “How to make a revolution.” Naturally, it caught my eye. The article on Sharp is titled Gene Sharp: The Machiavelli of non-violence, and it makes for interesting reading. But it is Sharp’s pamphlet, From Dictatorship to Democracy (pdf of 102 pgs.), which is now drawing my attention, and I to your attention.
I have not had time to read, yet, Sharp’s pamphlet, which was originally published in 1993 as an advice manual for Burma rebels, and I am very doubtful, considering where alleged democracy has taken America to today, that democracy, in its current manifestation, will be of further aid or benefit to America.
Be that as it may, Sharp and his pamphlet are known for this idea.
(Political - ed.) power is held only by the consent of the people over whom it is exercised, and that consent can be withdrawn. All regimes depend on certain pillars of support and, with a proper strategy, resisters can remove those pillars non-violently.
Revolutionary change does not necessarily need to be violent. There is a third way. It is time to withdraw your consent.