Category Archives: satyagraha

Responses to the urgency of climate chaos

Yesterday’s blog post about the Extinction Rebellion, and responses to that, has made me realize many people are unclear about how to respond to the urgency of climate catastrophe. While it is good to see people are waking up to … Continue reading

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Scattergood Journal — April 19–30, 1970

(Note: I think it was Bob Berquist’s idea that those of us who were concerned about the Vietnam War visit with random people in West Branch to find out what they thought about the war.  I remember being very apprehensive … Continue reading

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Economic Concentration Camp

The more I think about our broken economic system, the more sinister my thoughts become.  How have we come to accept millions of people living in extreme poverty, living without adequate food, water, shelter, healthcare, safety or hope?  How have … Continue reading

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Principles of Satyagraha

Continuing the discussion of satyagraha fundaments, Chris Moore-Backman writes that nonviolence scholar Robert Burrowes says satyagraha has the following basic criteria: it places a higher priority on ethics than on perceived effectiveness it views means and ends as indivisible rather … Continue reading

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Satyagraha Fundamentals

I’ve read and written about the part of the iceberg underwater (self-purification) and the part above water (constructive program) from “The Gandhian Iceberg” by Chris Moore-Backman. Now I am reading about the tip of the iceberg, nonviolent resistance or satyagraha. … Continue reading

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First Principle of Nonviolence

Continuing to study “The Gandhian Iceberg”, I was surprised to read the first principle of nonviolence is “the defense and preservation of one’s self-respect/honor/dignity”. “Those moments when our personal dignity is threatened, what I call ‘Rosa Parks moments,’ are absolutely … Continue reading

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