Friday, July 20, 2007

"Misconceptions about nonviolence" by George Wolfe

"Misconceptions about nonviolence" by George Wolfe (word count: 547)

"As the war in Iraq continues into its fourth year, I receive an increasing number of opportunities to speak on the topic "nonviolence." While there are many people who laud the principle of nonviolence, the popular view holds that nonviolence cannot succeed if one of the parties involved in the conflict chooses to use violence. This assertion is incorrect and reflects an all too common misconception of the principles of nonviolence as developed by Adin Ballou, Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King."…

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George Wolfe is the Coordinator of Outreach Programs at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University.

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