Posts by Prof. Michael Nagler

“Saffron Revolution” Reaches Critical Stage in Burma

Burma and the Press As of this writing (Thursday, September 27) a nonviolent movement is reaching its crisis in Burma. In 1988 over 3,000 students were killed — massacred would not be too strong a word — when they protested the military takeover of their country. Their courageous, charismatic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, though… read more

“Saffron Revolution” unfolding in Burma!

Thousands of Monks Peacefully Confront Military in Burma Students of principled nonviolence have long upheld Aung San Suu Kyi, Buddhist and leader of Burma’s democracy movement, as a luminary of nonviolent social change. On Saturday, the Burmese military junta allowed 500 monks to visit Suu Kyi at her home-prison, yielding to the recent massive nonviolent… read more

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”

Why not cut down a little more on our consumption of mainstream media? It’s a joy to substitute alternative media for the news (alternet is a place to start) and real interaction with live people for the ‘entertainment.’ Click here for a powerful exposé of how our dismal politics have been, and still are, shaped… read more

Sex and Scapegoats

THOSE OF US who believe in karma, in its Eastern or Western forms (“As ye sow, so shall ye reap”), must have seen more than hypocrisy in the recent airing of Senator Craig’s performance during the impeachment process against then-President Clinton. The Senator’s self-righteous call for the Democratic President’s removal from office for his “immorality”… read more

Civilian-Based Defense

Civilian-based defense (CBD) is a nonviolent form of defense against invasion or revolutionary overthrow of a government. This technique has been well documented and made somewhat known to the public by Gene Sharp in his books The Politics of Nonviolent Action (3 vols. 1973) and Civilian-Based Defense: a Post-Military Weapons System (1990). In CBD citizens… read more

Movie Review: Lage Raho Munna Bhai

You will not often find us reviewing Bollywood films on this site, but Lage Raho (roughly, ‘keep on truckin’ Munna buddy) is something of a cultural phenomenon that may even — dare we say it — move the ‘wheel of the Dharma’ just a tink further toward a nonviolent future. Let me explain. While it… read more