4.9 – OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to :- Helplessness and Hopelessness (6 of 10)

April 9th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. . . is not our problem.
OUR PROBLEM IS CIVIL OBEDIENCE because of FEAR.
DISOBEDIENCE to TYRANTS means (Strikes, Boycotts, Protests & SABOTAGE.)

After seeing the resistance efforts of others fail or after living under harsh repression, many people develop feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
Thus, people collectively obey because they believe things cannot change and they feel there is no hope for the future.

If this is the case, a nonviolent movement needs to rebuild people’s confidence and hope through showing that the movement can be effective.

Often this comes when a movement is able to create a record of winning small “quick wins”, but significant, victories that can lead to larger victories in the future.

To view the validity of the potential of non-violent movements to remove the most ruthless dictators in the world WATCH THE SHORT UTUBE REPORT BELOW: