How and why non-violent protest is far superior to violent protest.
I think the first and most important thing is, violence is abhorent to the vast majority of people. It is pretty much the exclusive province of governments and criminals, both of which have to go to great lengths to get people to do it willingly.
When it comes to violence, governments and criminals both hate competition. All they have is force – it doesn’t matter to them whether they are right or wrong, or what they are doing is good or bad, they can always stick a gun in your face and just order you to do it. That is of course completely unacceptable.
In contrast, it is very easy to get people to participate in non-violent protest. Which means you are always going to have much wider support for peaceful actions than violent actions. This is provided your cause is right and good – provided people have the facts, most people will either support it or not oppose it.
So any campaign based on non-violence has a much better chance of success, without question.
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