Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 10, No 1 (2014)

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Dream Things True: Nonviolent Movements as Applied Consciousness

Jack DuVall


Nonviolent movements have become a new form of human agency. Between 1900 and 2006, more than 100 such movements appeared, and more than half were successful in dissolving oppression or achieving people's rights. Movements self-organize to summon mass participation, develop cognitive unity in the midst of dissension,  and build resilient force on the content of shared beliefs. Some movements may even be a new venue for consciousness that "grows to something of great constancy" as Shakespeare said about "minds transfigured so together."

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