Is it useful to distinguish between ‘violent’ and ‘nonviolent’?

Shon Meckfessel brings up an interesting point in his critique of Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan's 2011 book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The critique cuts to the heart of the modern debate between violent vs. nonviolent means for achieving social change. In short, how can it be proven that nonviolent … Continue reading Is it useful to distinguish between ‘violent’ and ‘nonviolent’?

Ignorance Strengthens ISIS Dear family and friends: Muslims and Islam are not the enemy of the West. I wish this statement was without controversy, but with the rising tide of Islamophobia (i.e. irrational fear of Muslims) in the United States and elsewhere, it is clear that it is not. There are many out there who cling tightly … Continue reading Ignorance Strengthens ISIS