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In an article about violent protests against invited speakers on college campuses this past spring, Jonathan Haidt reports a student asking:

“When the nonviolent tactics [for stopping the talk] have been exhausted — what is left?”

Well, let’s see.

You could rationally assess the real impact of the event:

So, Ann Coulter didn’t speak at UC-Berkeley last week when she could not be assured protection from potentially violent protesters. Whew! Catastrophe averted——thank God she didn’t get to… what?
Advocate “fascism”? No: Mussolini would recognize little to none of his ideology in Coulter’s opinions. Yet still, there was the issue of what Coulter would have “fostered,” right? But she “fosters” whatever she fosters 24/7 on top-rated television shows and in a weekly column. Speaking to a few hundred people one night on a college campus, though, would have led to some kind of phase shift in her influence?

One of the truths about life is, you can’t always get what you want. Sometimes a person has to step back, manage the disappointment and frustration, accept that they lost this one, and resolve to try again another day.

Some ways you might try getting what you need:

  • Write a strongly worded op-ed for the student or local newspaper.
  • Take your dog — or your neighbor’s — to the park to play.
  • Compose a protest song or poem.
  • Help someone else:
    • Cook a meal for hungry kids
    • Support women facing barrages of abuse at your local abortion clinic (if you’re lucky enough to have one)
    • Pick up trash in your neighborhood
    • Socialize kittens at a shelter
    • Offer to babysit for an overwhelmed mom
    • Weed a community garden or vacant lot
    • Teach someone to read
    • Make a sandwich for someone on the street
  • Go for a walk/run/bike ride/swim with a friend.
  • Take pictures of flowers and post them on your blog
  • Make sweet and tender love with your beloved(s) (or yourself).

Violence will never create a just and peaceful world. Be the change you want to see.

Peace.

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~ by rebel13 on June 11, 2017.

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