The Principles of Constructive Program

1. Constructive Program is the scaffolding upon which the structure of a new society will be built while struggling against the old.

Point 1, principles (click for audio)


Summarize in your own words what Dr. Nagler explained in this talk.


2. By empowering the positive force of nonviolence, constructive work balances the “noncooperation with evil” with “cooperation with good, creating an unstoppable force.

Point 2, Principles (click for audio)


Dr. Nagler suggests that nonviolence is not the negation of reality but affirms it, how does constructive program relate to this. Explain in your own words.


3. By providing the people with basic needs through their own work, the lie of dependency is proven wrong and the chains of oppression shattered.

Point 3, Principles (click for audio)


Ask yourself: What are you dependent on today? What could be some strategies to relieve your self from these dependencies?


 4. It unifies diversity by creating work in which everyone can participate in. Such work is ongoing, proactive, and builds community.

Point 4, Principles (click for audio)


“I cannot be what I ought to be unless you are what you ought to be, and you cannot be what you ought to be unless I am what I ought to be.” Think about this quote by Martin Luther King. Relate it to what Dr. Nagler said.


5. Constructive program trains people to live a nonviolent life. Just as training for violent revolt means the use of military weapons; training for Satyagraha means constructive program.

Point 5, Principles (click for audi0)


Dr. Nagler made extravagant claims about the capacity of constructive program to empower the individual almost as a form of spiritual development. Did he back up these claims? If it seems plausible to you, how would you back it up?


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