Blueprint for Revolution

Blueprint for Revolution

How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Book - 2015 | First Edition.
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"In Blueprint for Revolution, Srdja Popovic outlines his philosophy for implementing peaceful world change and provides a model for activists everywhere through stories of his own experience toppling dictatorships (peacefully) and of smaller examples of social change (like Occupy Wall Street or fighting for gay rights or zoning changes). Through examples of using laughter and music (e.g., Pussy Riot) to disarm the opposition and gather supporters, to staging a protest of Lego Men in Siberia (when flesh-and-blood people would have been shot), to a boycott of Cottage cheese in Israel to challenge price inflation while organizing around rice pudding to overthrow the dictator of the Maldives, Popovic uses true and sometimes outrageously clever examples of the ways in which non-violent resistance has achieved its means. Popovic argues in favor of non-violent resistance not for ideological reasons (as persuasive as those are) but because non-violence actually works better than violence. An inspiring (and useful!) guide for any activist--and a thoroughly entertaining read for any armchair politico"--
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780812995305
Branch Call Number: 303.61 POPOV
Characteristics: xv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Miller, Matthew I. 1979-

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brittac
Jul 03, 2015

Inspiring and insightful. Fun to read and easily accessible to a variety of readers (however, you may be provoked to start a revolution).

eferry Jun 06, 2015

This book is both a story and a manual for the modern non-violent revolution. Popovic details not only his group, Otpor!, and their success in the toppling of the dictatorship of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia in 2000, but also the specific methods and goals that the group had which led to that same success.
Popovic is an avowedly nonviolent protestor, attributing that dedication not to moral superiority over violent revolution, but to the sheer effectiveness of nonviolence. He advocates using these techniques not just for overthrowing tyrannical regimes, but for more homegrown goals, such as making your voice heard above the clamor of corporate will.

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shelley6896
Apr 01, 2015

Blueprint for revolution should be required reading......, an excellent read with tons of pacifist advice

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