The Success of Nonviolent Civil Resistance

SHORT VIDEO CLIPS, 18 Nov 2013

Erica Chenoweth – TED Talks

Nov 4, 2013

Between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance were twice as successful as violent ones.

Erica talks about her research on the impressive historical record of civil resistance in the 20th century and discusses the promise of unarmed struggle in the 21st. She focuses on the so-called “3.5% rule”—the notion that no government can withstand a challenge of 3.5% of its population without either accommodating the movement or (in extreme cases) disintegrating.

 

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