Friday, February 18, 2011

You say you want a revolution, here's what ya need to know

... for decades, his practical writings on nonviolent revolution — most notably “From Dictatorship to Democracy,” a 93-page guide to toppling autocrats, available for download in 24 languages — have inspired dissidents around the world, including in Burma, Bosnia, Estonia and Zimbabwe, and now Tunisia and Egypt.

When Egypt’s April 6 Youth Movement was struggling to recover from a failed effort in 2005, its leaders tossed around “crazy ideas” about bringing down the government, said Ahmed Maher, a leading strategist. They stumbled on Mr. Sharp while examining the Serbian movement Otpor, which he had influenced.

Read more about the shy, 83 year-old American, Gene Sharp.

Some of his writings:

What should I pick for an accompanying video? Lawrence of Arabia? A little Beatles seems more appropriate.



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