Data Supporting Effectiveness of Non-Violent Resistance

A 2013 video that has reemerged in light of recent political events. Nothing really to do with the self, but it does show the importance of collecting data to support or refute your hypothesis. And that is useful—reminding us that once in awhile we should experiment with things we think won’t be true, or don’t want to be true, or couldn’t possibly be true.

This individual examined the hundreds of campaigns since 1900 regarding governmental overthrows and territorial liberations involving more than 1000 people and eventually disproved their stance that only violent resistance would be effective under authoritarian conditions, finding that not only was non-violent resistance more effective, but required the participation of only 3.5% of the population.