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There Are Realistic Alternatives

Gene Sharp (1928-)

1. 1 - Chapter 1 - Developing a Realistic Alternative to War and other Violence
2. 2 - Chapter 2 - The Importance of Strategic Planning in Nonviolent Struggle
3. 3 - Chapter 3 - Steps in Strategic Planning for Nonviolent Struggles Against Repressive Regimes
4. 4 - Appendix 1 - Glossary of Important Terms in Nonviolent Struggle
5. 5 - Appendix 2 - 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action
6. 6 - Appendix 3 - Further Reading - Acknowledgments, and other information

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Violence in society and politics, whether in the form of war, terrorism, dictatorship, oppression, usurpation, or genocide, is widely recognized as a grave problem. The objective of this essay is to explore a different perspective on the nature of the problem of widespread violence in society and politics that suggests what will be required for its resolution. We need to analyze the conditions under which it will be possible to reduce drastically the reliance on military and other violent means of conflict. We need to examine why violence is so widely regarded as necessary for good causes as well as for bad ones, and how fundamental change away from that syndrome might be achieved.