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The Nonviolence Handbook by Michael N Nagler

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fourPutting NonviolentEnergy to Work

There are infinite creative ways to employ nonviolent energy, and although all of them grow out of the principle that we should not and need not be against the true well-being of anyone—our real needs are never in conflict—some of the means that are best employed may not be obvious. We have seen, for example, that right means must always be proportional; that is, we must match violence with an equivalent nonviolent force, appropriate to the situation. Right means also includes the art of compromise, which requires an understanding of which principles are negotiable and which are nonnegotiable. Finally, we must have in mind specific goals and must understand how we intend to meet those goals. In the end, keeping ...

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