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Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible

This article looks at the need for a strategy to achieve our goals in the context of an understanding of the power required to oppose certain social forces. It begins with a review of the aims of nonviolence and social empowerment: to strengthen people's power-to-be and power-to-do, rather than the power-over (domination) model so typical in our world today. This is a good summary of three types of empowerment: power-within (personal power—the sense that each of us has when we feel centred), power-with (the power we feel when we connect and cooperate with others), and power-in-relation-to (the power to achieve our goals, to defend our values, to stop the forces of death and destruction). Document archived here.

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