Essay on The Power of Nonviolence

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“Full demilitarization can only come about in a society in which power is shared at the grassroots. In the nineteenth century, Henry David Thoreau called upon free citizens to engage in civil disobedience and nonviolent actions whenever there is injustice. Civil disobedience and nonviolence are an integral part of any democratic society. Even in Western democracies, the state seems invincible, and as individuals we often feel powerless, unable to have much effect. We must remind ourselves that the power of the state derives solely from the consent of the governed. Without the cooperation of the people, the state cannot exist. Even as a powerful military state that is nearly invulnerable to violent force can be transformed through …show more content…
This is a never-ending issue that relates to us even today. There is the war in Iraq and there are constant crimes happening in different countries today. We all need to do something to stop the violence. Everyday people are getting hurt or worse, killing or being killed. Petra suggests “demilitarization”. This is the same as “civilian based defense.” (500). This means she wants us to stop creating armies and the military. She wants us to stop making and using weapons. Basically we need to stop the killing. She mentions that we have the power, not the state, to make these decisions. That means, if we do not want the state to do something, we need to be united, act as one mind, and let them know we do not want their control. For example, when the presidential elections come up, if we do not want any presidential candidates elected, we can all choose not to vote. If there are no votes, they will not be able to elect anyone. There is no election if the public is not involved. She also mentions about the Philippines uniting as a nation and overthrowing “Marcos” using nonviolent tactics because they did not want a foreign ruler. This is a very good example of nonviolence in use. That is what Kelly means when she says that we have the power.
     Kelly uses language like “we think each other to death” and children are “breathing radioactive tailings” to invoke emotions from readers. That is such a strong way of saying that

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