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I have had a little email and phone contact with Gene Sharp through my interest in Gandhian economics, a subject that he has not looked into deeply, by his own admission.

At the time, I was aware that Colonel Helvey was using Sharp's work with non-violent tactics to help Otpor.  I looked briefly at Helvey's book which is still available at http://www.aeinstein.org/organizations/org/OSNC.pdf

The use of Gandhian tactics by the US DOD does give me pause.  My suspicion is that even the most virtuous ideas can be co-opted.  This doesn't mean that I believe Gene Sharp is a tool of imperialists.  It means I have my doubts about Colonel Helvey.  However, I reserve judgement until I study his work.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Tue Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:24:59 PM EST

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