Introduced by veteran socialist activist, historian and writer Mick Armstrong.
Activists who fight for social justice and equality face a very violent system. Gandhi’s famous campaign for Indian independence, the battle to bring down the South African apartheid system, and the movement for civil rights in the US: these movements were motivated partly by horror at the violence meted out to the oppressed, and all are commonly seen as examples of non-violent movements that changed the world. But these movements also had to respond to violent repression from the powerful, and the apparently simple commitment to non-violence was a controversial and complicated question.
Sandra Bloodworth, Nonviolent civil disobedience: myths and facts, Red Flag
Tithi Bhattacharya, What do socialists say about violence?