15/05 : Peter Gelderloos in’t Assez!

Woensdag 15 mei komt Peter Gelderloos (USA) naar ’t Assez om te praten en te discussiëren over geweldloos activisme en vooral het al dan niet wél gebruiken van gewelddadige tactieken. Peter Gelderloos is de auteur van verschillende boeken, waaronder ‘How non-violence protects the state’, ‘The failure of non-violence’, ‘Anarchy works’, … . Zoals steeds zal het ook op deze woensdag eerst volkskeuken zijn (om 19u), gevolgd door de lezing (rond 20u) en gevolgd door discussie. Om beter een idee te hebben kort volgende samenvatting van zijn boek “The failure of non-violence” :

“From the arab spring to the plaza occupation movement in Spain, the student movement in the UK and Occupy in the US, many new social movements have started peacefully, only to adopt a diversity of tactics as they grew in strength and collective experiences. The last ten years have revealed more clearly than ever the role of nonviolence. Propped up by the media, funded by the government, and managed by NGOs, nonviolent campaigns around the world have helped oppressive regimes change their masks, and have helped police to limit the growth of rebellious social movements. Increasingly losing the debates within the movements themselves, proponents of nonviolence have increasingly turned to the mainstream media and to government and institutional funding to drown out critical voices.

The Failure of Nonviolence examines most of the major social upheavals since the end of the Cold War to establish what nonviolence can accomplish, and what a diverse, unruly, non-pacified movement can accomplish. Focusing especially on the Arab Spring, Occupy, and the recent social upheavals in Europe, this book discusses how movements for social change can win ground and open the spaces necessary to plant the seeds of a new world.”