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  •  You're welcome. (3+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, eve, kurt

    Glad to have people who appreciate what I try to get across.

    "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -Albert Einstein

    by Kazmarov on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 06:19:15 PM PDT

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    •  not only appreciate, ( that too,...) (3+ / 0-)
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      but you also inspired me to start reading on the web sites you linked to and to make Einstein Institute a bookmark and learn a little about this.

      it's such a remarkable perspective and so persuasive that nonviolence would turn a regime's soldiers into defectors.

      and yet it also assumes enormous sacrifice and willingness to sacrifice for others (and maybe oneself if one survives).

      perhaps the assumption is that life is not worth living unless it has some degree of freedom.

      Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

      by eve on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 07:22:20 PM PDT

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      •  Sacrifice is important, and is best if not in vain (1+ / 0-)
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        Helvey realized in Burma that the Karen rebels were losing their lives (and putting their people in great danger) through armed struggle- and weren't winning.

        Sharp realized that if you use violence, you meet the regime at its strongest point- dictators are formed because of their ability to use violence.

        A synthesis shows that if you want democracy and freedom, violence isn't a real solution in most cases. Sharp has spent his life showing how nonviolence can be a solution- if you're willing to put it all on the line.

        "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -Albert Einstein

        by Kazmarov on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 12:47:00 AM PDT

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        •  I had never seen a Sacha Baron Cohen (0+ / 0-)

          film.

          I had a free coupon from my service provider to watch a film on cable and watched "Dictator".

          There is a scene where a character (played by Cohen) is going to be tortured (for free!) before he is killed.

          The character ridicules the out-of-date torture instruments and shows no fear.
          The nutty torturer feels deflated and powerless.

          This is not exactly on the mark for what Helvey and Sharp are saying but I wouldn't be surprised if Cohen has read these writers.

           

          Finally people have gotten sick and tired of being had and taken for idiots. Mikhail Gorbachev

          by eve on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 09:44:15 AM PDT

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