Title

Nonviolence versus capitalism

RIS ID

74822

Publication Details

Martin, B. (1999). Nonviolence versus capitalism. Gandhi Marg, 21 (3), 283-312.

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Nonviolence versus capitalism

Abstract

Nonviolent action provides the best hope for moving beyond capitalism to a more humane social and economic system. In the past, methods of nonviolent action such as strikes, boycotts, noncooperation, sit-ins and alternative institutions have most commonly been used to challenge systems of direct violence, such as repressive governments. Capitalism is a more difficult system to challenge using nonviolent action because of the way it infiltrates people's everyday thinking and behaviour. In order to develop a nonviolence strategy against capitalism, a careful analysis is required to pinpoint key areas for attention, spell out alternatives and highlight opportunities.

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