Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy birthday Gene Sharp

Today in the Book of Days we commemorate the 82nd birthday of Professor Gene Sharp, PhD, American academic known for his extensive writings on nonviolence and power. In my opinion one of the world's most important thinkers, he has been called both the 'Machiavelli of nonviolence' and the 'Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare'.

Sharp is a political scientist, professor, and founder of the Albert Einstein Institution, a non-profit organisation which studies and promotes the use of nonviolent action.

Sharp's scholarship has influenced resistance organizations around the world ...

Sharp's best known book, The Politics of Nonviolent Action (1973), provides a pragmatic political analysis of nonviolent action as a method for applying power in a conflict ...

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