9.10 – Dealing with the Tyrant’s Repression

September 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. Number One Enemy oF Civil Resistance is IMPATIENCE The oft quoted phrase “Freedom is not free” is true. No outside force is coming to give oppressed people the freedom … Continue reading »

9.9 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE NGOs

September 9th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.   CIVIL RESISTANCE  =  TO REMOVE  +  TO REPLACE   Nongovernmental Organizations, NGOs,  that can function outside direct control and supervision of the government is a potential asset to a democracy movement.   Nongovernmental Organizations, NGOs,  include … Continue reading »

9.8 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Pillar of Support – The RELIGIOUS ORGANIZAIONS

September 9th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution. CIVIL RESISTANCE  =  TO REMOVE  +  TO REPLACE Though usually recognized as a “conservative pillar of support,” organized religion sometimes plays a very dynamic role during processes of political change. Dictators tend to use … Continue reading »

9.7 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE WORKERS

September 7th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.    The ABCs of  Toppling a Tyrant: A. UNITY!    B. PLANNING!    C. DISCIPLINE! 1. Do your homework – analyze the pillars of support you want to pull on your side (“pillars” refer to institutions … Continue reading »

9.5 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE MILITARY

September 5th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution. CIVIL RESISTANCE  =  TO REMOVE  +  TO REPLACE Military force is viewed as the “trump card” by authoritarian regimes. Unlike police personnel, military units are often separated from civilian society. This separation from the … Continue reading »

9.4 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE POLICE

September 4th, 2012

  This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.  To Topple a Tyrant Peacefully: A. UNITY! B. PLANNING! C. DISCIPLINE!   The police are almost always an important source of power in society. They maintain law and order, they carry out the government’s … Continue reading »

9.3 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE YOUTH

September 3rd, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution. CIVIL RESISTANCE  =  TO REMOVE  +  TO REPLACE Teachers and students can become the catalyst for political change and can enlist support of other pillars of support in many societies. Teachers help shape minds … Continue reading »

9.2 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – BUSINESS COMMUNITY

September 2nd, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.    CIVIL RESISTANCE  =  TO REMOVE  +  TO REPLACE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, by providing people with goods and services that the government does not supply, and by playing an important role even in most centralized … Continue reading »

9.1 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE MEDIA

September 1st, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.    CIVIL RESISTANCE  =  TO REMOVE  +  TO REPLACE Effective nonviolent movements must have the means to communicate their messages to a wider audience. This is why authoritarians in many countries attempt to limit … Continue reading »