The New York Times recently ran an article about how Gene Sharp’s writings influenced the resistance movements in Egypt and Tunisia.
Peaceful protest is best, he says — not for any moral reason, but because violence provokes autocrats to crack down. “If you fight with violence,” Mr. Sharp said, “you are fighting with your enemy’s best weapon, and you may be a brave but dead hero.”
Even though I took half a dozen Peace & Conflict Studies classes in college, I don’t think we ever read Sharp’s work. I first heard about him from an article my grandmother gave me when I visited one year at Christmas.