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Social Defence: Social Change


Manufacturer: Freedom Press

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The idea of social defence - that is, abolishing military forces and relying in their stead on nonviolent struggle by the general population - is extremely radical. Seldom before have its many radical implications been outlined. Yet many nonviolent activists are well aware of the connection between nonviolent action and social change. The military is one of the keys to protecting existing systems of power: remove the military and the scope for change would be greatly increased. Here, Martin argues for this very strategy as a grassroots initiative linked to challenges to oppressive structures in society such as patriarchy, police and the state. Furthermore, training people in methods of nonviolent struggle against outside aggressors would also give them the skills to challenge employers, politicians, sexual exploiters and many others. Social defence is not just a defence option: it is a direction for action that should be known to all who seek a society without oppression, inequality or violence. Filled with examples from Finland to Fiji, the book also provides a provocative survey of radical alternatives in politics and economics.

Written By Brian Martin, published by Freedom Press, 1993.

Product Code: 9780900384691


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