Articles by George Lakey
Is Property Destruction an Effective Tactic? The Suffragette Movement Reveals Important Lessons for Today
George Lakey “Suffragette” tells a gripping story drawn from the direct action wing of Britain’s woman suffrage movement. Because it spotlights one tactic – property destruction – the film...
A Manual for a New Era of Direct Action
George Lakey Movement manuals can be useful. Marty Oppenheimer and I found that out in 1964 when civil rights leaders were too busy to write a manual but wanted one. We wrote “A Manual for...
How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’
George Lakey While many of us work to create a better world, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of...
How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State
George Lakey Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.
The Hopeful Thing About Our Ugly, Painful Polarization
George Lakey Look to Norway and Sweden, where cooperative, socially democratic countries emerged after a frightening period of extreme polarization and social fracturing.
8 Ways to Defend Against Terror Nonviolently
George Lakey One of my most popular courses at Swarthmore College focused on the challenge of how to defend against terrorism, nonviolently. Events now unfolding in France make our course...
What Makes Effective White Allies? Training, Not shaming
George Lakey It’s not a new idea to access training as a way to strengthen white people’s ability to be allies of people of color. In the 1970’s some of us brought to the world of direct...