Monday 19 June 2023

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St Romuald

2 Corinthians 6:1-10. The Lord has made known his salvation – Psalm 97(98):1-4. Matthew 5:38-42.

Offer no resistance to the wicked

Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr showed the power of non-violent resistance. Saul Alinsky, community organiser, added creativity, humour and the unexpected, as outlined in ‘Rules for Radicals’.

As in the case of the proposed O’Hare ‘shit-in’, the mere threat of such action was enough to achieve the desired changes. Around 2500 volunteers would occupy every bathroom stall and urinal at O’Hare airport. Taking books and food, they would then make a day of it. Passengers from arriving flights would try to access toilets. The resulting chaos would have disrupted every part of the airport’s organisation. Flights would have been delayed and cancelled. The City of Chicago capitulated, arranged a meeting with community organisers and agreed to meet their demands.

Non-violent resistance has been shown empirically to be twice as effective as armed struggle in achieving major political goals.

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