“To Live Consciously Is to Sow the Whirlwind”: Reflections on the Utopian Standpoint of Nonviolence

“To Live Consciously Is to Sow the Whirlwind”: Reflections on the Utopian Standpoint of... abstract: Like utopianism, nonviolence is frequently feared, misunderstood, and/or underestimated. Rather than the passive stance that many attribute to it, nonviolence requires a robust agency that speaks truth to power in the service of radically transforming society. Drawing on my studies and my personal and political experience, in this essay I reflect on the utopian qualities of nonviolence: first in terms of its general characteristics (especially as a form of political agency expressed as witness and intervention and as a way of life) and then in light of the specific lineage that developed in the United States (with a focus on post–World War II radical nonviolence as it developed in the U.S. civil rights and antiwar movements). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Utopian Studies Penn State University Press

“To Live Consciously Is to Sow the Whirlwind”: Reflections on the Utopian Standpoint of Nonviolence

Utopian Studies, Volume 26 (1) – Apr 17, 2015

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abstract: Like utopianism, nonviolence is frequently feared, misunderstood, and/or underestimated. Rather than the passive stance that many attribute to it, nonviolence requires a robust agency that speaks truth to power in the service of radically transforming society. Drawing on my studies and my personal and political experience, in this essay I reflect on the utopian qualities of nonviolence: first in terms of its general characteristics (especially as a form of political agency expressed as witness and intervention and as a way of life) and then in light of the specific lineage that developed in the United States (with a focus on post–World War II radical nonviolence as it developed in the U.S. civil rights and antiwar movements).

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