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Blueprint for revolution : how to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other nonviolent techniques to galvanize communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world

Author: Srdja Popovic; Matthew I Miller
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In Blueprint for Revolution, Srdja Popovic outlines his philosophy for implementing peaceful world change and provides a model for activists everywhere through stories of his own experience toppling dictatorships (peacefully) and of smaller examples of social change (like Occupy Wall Street or fighting for gay rights or zoning changes). Through examples of using laughter and music (e.g., Pussy Riot) to disarm the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Srdja Popovic; Matthew I Miller
ISBN: 9780812995305 0812995309 9780812995312 0812995317
OCLC Number: 878500820
Description: xv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: It Can Never Happen Here --
Dream Big, Start Small --
Vision of Tomorrow --
The Almighty Pillars of Power --
Laugh Your Way to Victory --
Make Oppression Backfire --
Its Unity, Stupid! --
Plan Your Way to Victory --
The Demons of Violence --
Finish What You Started --
Had to Be You.
Responsibility: Srdja Popovic ; with Matthew Miller.

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"In Blueprint for Revolution, Srdja Popovic outlines his philosophy for implementing peaceful world change and provides a model for activists everywhere through stories of his own experience toppling dictatorships (peacefully) and of smaller examples of social change (like Occupy Wall Street or fighting for gay rights or zoning changes). Through examples of using laughter and music (e.g., Pussy Riot) to disarm the opposition and gather supporters, to staging a protest of Lego Men in Siberia (when flesh-and-blood people would have been shot), to a boycott of Cottage cheese in Israel to challenge price inflation while organizing around rice pudding to overthrow the dictator of the Maldives, Popovic uses true and sometimes outrageously clever examples of the ways in which non-violent resistance has achieved its means. Popovic argues in favor of non-violent resistance not for ideological reasons (as persuasive as those are) but because non-violence actually works better than violence. An inspiring (and useful!) guide for any activist--and a thoroughly entertaining read for any armchair politico"--

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