Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi stand as shining examples of the power of non-violent resistance to overcome profound injustice. The similarities in method between the two have oft been noted, as has the one’s influence on the other.
MLK realized that non-violent resistance only works if the group you are resisting possesses the ability to be shamed, embarrassed, guilted, or convicted into rethinking its treatment of you. But if your opponent is perfectly content to use your non-violence as an opportunity to send you by the millions to concentration camps, then another path is required….the path of Bonhoeffer.
EDIT: Source seems to be Napoleon Bonepart. Heard the quote from a dutch friend of mine, he seemed to have added the part “It's rude”. It adds a twist of funniness to it imo.
- To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
- "Cattle die, kindred die, Every man is mortal: But the good name never dies Of one who has done well. Cattle die, kindred die, Every man is mortal: But I know one thing that never dies, The glory of the great dead." The vikings were wise…
- "If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes." John Wooden
- "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes…" Scott Adams OC
- "Science, my boy, is made up of little mistakes……." ~Jules Verne, Journey to the center of the Earth
The rules for radicals
“Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition." “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”