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Forum Post: Gene Sharp: How to Start a Revolution - Hit them financially

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 30, 2011, 12:05 p.m. EST by loram (0)
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"From Dictatorship to Democracy" is a 1993 pamphlet that proposes 198 methods of non-violent resistance. One of them is to stop paying your credit cards or buy from corporations( SP500

Wall Street runs on corporations profits.

Corporations rule the country and all Street only profits from them. The greedy corporations change your live and mind most people do not realize.From insulting "Black Friday", to run and buy like a kettle and not be at home with your family to total control in everything in this country political and economical.

If you just protest and do not hit them financially OWS may quietly dissolve in winter because people might get tired and cold being on the streets.

If only 20% decide not to but useless "stuff" for a day I can guarantee you the stock market will panic and then you will shake Wall Street.

Do financial revolution.

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[-] 1 points by ubercaput (175) from New York City, NY 2 years ago

Say no to Gene Sharp and Ron Paul. Say to to stock market panics.

[-] 1 points by kofb (17) 2 years ago

nonviolent protest & persuasion 198 of them

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198 Methods of Nonviolent Action. Practitioners of nonviolent struggle have an entire arsenal of "nonviolent weapons" at their disposal. Listed below are 198 of them, classified into three broad categories: nonviolent protest and persuasion, noncooperation (social, economic, and political), and nonviolent intervention. A description and historical examples of each can be found in volume two of The Politics of Nonviolent Action by Gene Sharp.

The Methods of Nonviolent Protest and Persuasion

Formal Statements 1. Public Speeches 2. Letters of opposition or support 3. Declarations by organizations and institutions 4. Signed public statements 5. Declarations of indictment and intention 6. Group or mass petitions

Communications with a Wider Audience 7. Slogans, caricatures, and symbols 8. Banners, posters, and displayed communications 9. Leaflets, pamphlets, and books 10. Newspapers and journals 11. Records, radio, and television 12. Skywriting and earthwriting

Group Representations 13. Deputations 14. Mock awards 15. Group lobbying 16. Picketing 17. Mock elections

Symbolic Public Acts 18. Displays of flags and symbolic colors 19. Wearing of symbols 20. Prayer and worship 21. Delivering symbolic objects 22. Protest disrobings 23. Destruction of own property 24. Symbolic lights 25. Displays of portraits 26. Paint as protest 27. New signs and names 28. Symbolic sounds 29. Symbolic reclamations 30. Rude gestures

Pressures on Individuals 31. "Haunting" officials 32. Taunting officials 33. Fraternization 34. Vigils

Drama and Music 35. Humorous skits and pranks 36. Performances of plays and music 37. Singing

Processions 38. Marches 39. Parades 40. Religious processions 41. Pilgrimages 42. Motorcades

Honoring the Dead 43. Political mourning 44. Mock funerals 45. Demonstrative funerals 46. Homage at burial places

Public Assemblies 47. Assemblies of protest or support 48. Protest meetings 49. Camouflaged meetings of protest 50. Teach-ins

Withdrawal and Renunciation 51. Walk-outs 52. Silence 53. Renouncing honors 54. Turning one’s back The Methods of Social Noncooperation

Ostracism of Persons 55. Social boycott 56. Selective social boycott 57. Lysistratic nonaction 58. Excommunication 59. Interdict

Noncooperation with Social Events, Customs, and Institutions 60. Suspension of social and sports activities 61. Boycott of social affairs 62. Student strike 63. Social disobedience 64. Withdrawal from social institutions

Withdrawal from the Social System 65. Stay-at-home 66. Total personal noncooperation 67. "Flight" of workers 68. Sanctuary 69. Collective disappearance 70. Protest emigration (hijrat) The Methods of Economic Noncooperation: Economic Boycotts

Actions by Consumers 71. Consumers’ boycott 72. Nonconsumption of boycotted goods 73. Policy of austerity 74. Rent withholding 75. Refusal to rent 76. National consumers’ boycott 77. International consumers’ boycott

Action by Workers and Producers 78. Workmen’s boycott 79. Producers’ boycott

Action by Middlemen 80. Suppliers’ and handlers’ boycott

Action by Owners and Management 81. Traders’ boycott 82. Refusal to let or sell property 83. Lockout 84. Refusal of industrial assistance 85. Merchants’ "general strike"

Action by Holders of Financial Resources 86. Withdrawal of bank deposits 87. Refusal to pay fees, dues, and assessments 88. Refusal to pay debts or interest 89. Severance of funds and credit 90. Revenue refusal 91. Refusal of a government’s money

Action by Governments 92. Domestic embargo 93. Blacklisting of traders 94. International sellers’ embargo 95. International buyers’ embargo 96. International trade embargo The Methods of Economic Noncooperation: The Strike

Symbolic Strikes 97. Protest strike 98. Quickie walkout (lightning strike)

Agricultural Strikes 99. Peasant strike 100. Farm Workers’ strike

Strikes by Special Groups 101. Refusal of impressed labor 102. Prisoners’ strike 103. Craft strike 104. Professional strike

Ordinary Industrial Strikes 105. Establishment strike 106. Industry strike 107. Sympathetic strike

Restricted Strikes 108. Detailed strike 109. Bumper strike 110. Slowdown strike 111. Working-to-rule strike 112. Reporting "sick" (sick-in) 113. Strike by resignation 114. Limited strike 115. Selective strike

Multi-Industry Strikes 116. Generalized strike 117. General strike

Combination of Strikes and Economic Closures 118. Hartal 119. Economic shutdown The Methods of Political Noncooperation

Rejection of Authority 120. Withholding or withdrawal of allegiance 121. Refusal of public support 122. Literature and speeches advocating resistance

Citizens’ Noncooperation with Government 123. Boycott of legislative bodies 124. Boycott of elections 125. Boycott of government employment and positions 126. Boycott of government departments, agencies, and other bodies 127. Withdrawal from government educational institutions 128. Boycott of government-supported organizations 129. Refusal of assistance to enforcement agents 130. Removal of own signs and placemarks 131. Refusal to accept appointed officials 132. Refusal to dissolve existing institutions

Citizens’ Alternatives to Obedience 133. Reluctant and slow compliance 134. Nonobedience in absence of direct supervision 135. Popular nonobedience 136. Disguised disobedience 137. Refusal of an assemblage or meeting to disperse 138. Sitdown 139. Noncooperation with conscription and deportation 140. Hiding, escape, and false identities 141. Civil disobedience of "illegitimate" laws

Action by Government Personnel 142. Selective refusal of assistance by government aides 143. Blocking of lines of command and information 144. Stalling and obstruction 145. General administrative noncooperation 146. Judicial noncooperation 147. Deliberate inefficiency and selective noncooperation by enforcement agents 148. Mutiny

Domestic Governmental Action 149. Quasi-legal evasions and delays 150. Noncooperation by constituent governmental units

International Governmental Action 151. Changes in diplomatic and other representations 152. Delay and cancellation of diplomatic events 153. Withholding of diplomatic recognition 154. Severance of diplomatic relations 155. Withdrawal from international organizations 156. Refusal of membership in international bodies 157. Expulsion from international organizations The Methods of Nonviolent Intervention

Psychological Intervention 158. Self-exposure to the elements 159. The fast a) Fast of moral pressure b) Hunger strike c) Satyagrahic fast 160. Reverse trial 161. Nonviolent harassment

Physical Intervention 162. Sit-in 163. Stand-in 164. Ride-in 165. Wade-in 166. Mill-in 167. Pray-in 168. Nonviolent raids 169. Nonviolent air raids 170. Nonviolent invasion 171. Nonviolent interjection 172. Nonviolent obstruction 173. Nonviolent occupation

Social Intervention 174. Establishing new social patterns 175. Overloading of facilities 176. Stall-in 177. Speak-in 178. Guerrilla theater 179. Alternative social institutions 180. Alternative communication system

Economic Intervention 181. Reverse strike 182. Stay-in strike 183. Nonviolent land seizure 184. Defiance of blockades 185. Politically motivated counterfeiting 186. Preclusive purchasing 187. Seizure of assets 188. Dumping 189. Selective patronage 190. Alternative markets 191. Alternative transportation systems 192. Alternative economic institutions

Political Intervention 193. Overloading of administrative systems 194. Disclosing identities of secret agents 195. Seeking imprisonment 196. Civil disobedience of "neutral" laws 197. Work-on without collaboration 198. Dual sovereignty and parallel government training web page http://tinyurl.com/7rvpv43

[-] 1 points by rosewood (543) 2 years ago

Absolutely...Americans struggle with that because we're still locked into consumerism, materialsm and narcissism, which are the pillars of popular culture. Financial revolution demands a liberating radical mindset, knowledge, commitment, discipline, self denial and endurance...really are we there yet ?

Even the highly effective targeted economic boycott used sucessfully by other generations is problematic for those who have their pet projects prioritized over and above the effective empowerment of OWS economic resistance. People want Toshiba boycotted, because their laptop broke to boycott big oil although this isn't effectively doable for OWS at this time. So it's doubtful the maturity is present for an effective financial revolution ....maye it will come in time...though time is limited.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/30-signs-that-the-united-states-of-america-is-being-turned-into-a-giant-prison.html

http://www.prisonplanet.com/rand-paul-aims-to-kill-indefinite-detention-provision-of-controversial-bill.html

[-] 0 points by gforz (-43) 2 years ago

And how might this benefit the working class? Corporations are not thinking, feeling entities. They don't feel sorry or feel guilty. They are entities organized to make money selling a product or service. They are made up of millions of ordinary people like yourself, and a few fatcats at the top. The fatcats aren't going to be bothered in the least by your "shaking" them. They are individuals who have enough money to last many lifetimes. Their employees do not. The corporation itself just reacts to market forces (in this case your financial revolution) and does what it must to attempt to survive or, barring that, file bankruptcy. We can always try to go back to an agrarian society with every industry folding for lack of demand. We can go back to the horse and buggy, milking our own cows, and collecting eggs from our chickens in the morning. The fatcats? They'll just move into the cattle and chicken-raising business.