Nonviolence

Rev. Dr. James Lawson, who MLK Jr. called “leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world,” on Satyagraha

On July 20, 2009, Rev. Dr. James Lawson and Dr. John G. Cobb Jr. participated in a panel discussion at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles entitled, “War, Violence and Religion: A Dialogue and Call to Action.”  The conversation was wide-ranging and, often, quite profound, but I was left wanting for discussion about the role of lies and deception in the historical orchestration and ongoing cultivation of wars.

 

The HUNDREDTH Anniversary of 9/11

This Monday, September 11, 2006, is actually the hundredth anniversary of 9/11. Not the false flag terror attack, but of another important event: the launch of Gandhi's nonviolent resistance campaign against the British empire.

Why is this important? Well, for one thing, Gandhi's nonviolent campaign worked. It defeated an overwhelmingly powerful enemy.

How did they do it? By using 2 tools:

(1) By virtually shutting down the empire's economic system; and

(2) Through something Gandhi called "soul force".

For the atheists among us, soul force can be translated to mean the power of our convictions, courage, commitment, passion, and having truth and rightness on our side. For the religious or spiritual among us, I'll assume we know what the soul is.

Should the 9/11 truth movement apply Gandhi's powerful technique (which, incidentally, also worked for Martin Luther King, Jr.)? Can we afford not to?

See also this essay.