Constructive non-violence struggle
From Gandhi to our days. What can we do to create good alternatives?
This page is not available in English. Below is the Norwegian page translated by Google.
Introduction and discussion with Jørgen Johansen.
When popular movements organize resistance to injustice, environmental destruction, war and disarmament, it is often based on Gandhi's tradition of "non-cooperation", strikes, civil disobedience and various forms of protests. These confrontations often receive considerable media attention and are lifted on the political agenda in the public space.
The second tradition after Gandhi, and the one he himself considered to be the most important, is "The Constructive Program," which was about building the society one would want in the future; not only protesting what was the problem, but seeking and showing the solutions.
We will look at examples of constructive resistance from different parts of the world, and highlight the benefits and problems of such a strategy.
There will also be a presentation of a new book being published at the same time as the 150 year mark of Gandhi's birth is being held in many countries around the world (see www.bobovery.com). The book is in English, here's a brief mention: The book shows how Gandhi was constantly adapting and changing his
methods in reaction to changing political circumstances, thus bringing out the dynamism and sheer flexibility of Gandhi's approach in a way that nonviolent theorists fail to do. (David Hardiman University of Warwick)