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Metta Center in the New York Times

Yesterday, the New York Times ran an op-ed about—get this—nonviolence. Published in the wake of the horrible expressions of white “supremacy” in Charlottesville, VA, the piece extols the effectiveness of humor and nonviolence principles/strategies to dispel displays of racist hatred. The op-ed, written by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, quotes two members of our Metta Center staff. Here’s… read more

Home-rule: Daily Metta

“To prepare for home-rule individuals must cultivate the spirit of service, renunciation, truth, nonviolence, self-restraint, patience. They must engage in constructive work in order to develop these qualities.” ~ Gandhi, Young India, January 8, 1925 This is a tall order. It’s very helpful for us to consider it, though, because we see so many cases… read more

Nonviolence Magazine: Summer/Fall 2016

For the Summer/Fall issue of Nonviolence, we look at democracy—unifying theory and action. Inside: Q&As with Erica Chenoweth and David Ragland, pro-democracy activist Hua Ze writes about the  challenges that dissidents face in China, essays that explore the roles of history and education in democracy. Plus, nonviolence case studies, poetry and short fiction. Exciting news:… read more

“Nonviolence, the only short-cut”–Daily Metta

November 6: “I do not believe in short-violent-cuts to success.” –Gandhi (Harijan, December 11, 1924) The Global War on Terror tries to sell us the false idea that we can effectively fight terrorism by killing “terrorists,” instead of addressing the conditions that led to terrorism in the first place. A “short-violent-cut to success,” instead of… read more

“Boundless Patience”–Daily Metta

March 25: “Those who believe in the justice of their cause need to possess boundless patience.” –Gandhi (Young India, 4-28-1929, p.4-8)  In Arabic one word for nonviolence is sabr, ‘patience’. Even though it has been statistically proven by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan that nonviolent transitions to democracy, contrary to popular belief, are three times… read more

Study by Chenoweth and Dugan: Punishment not effective response to terrorism

DENVER, July 31 (UPI) — The consensus politically is that terrorism must be fought, but U.S. researchers said conciliatory tactics are more effective than punishment. Study co-authors Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver and Laura Dugan of the University of Maryland said the study used data from the Center for the Study of Terrorism and… read more

How Violence Protects the State

By Stephanie Van Hook  (with gratitude for some very helpful comments from Michael Nagler and Tom Hastings. Distributed by Peace Voice.) “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.” ― Dorothy Day On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, he spoke passionately in a sermon… read more