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How are people aroused to action and why do they decide to join civil resistance campaigns despite a high degree of risk and uncertainty of outcomes? In other words, how do people reach ‘cognitive liberation’ that breaks the barrier of apathy, shatters fear and awakens their minds to civic reengagement and self-organization? These questions are linked with the reflections on how civil resistance movements build their case for change and how they use opponents’ anti-movement rhetoric and actions to diminish the adversary while galvanizing greater participation, gaining greater visibility and developing resilience.
Text of Forming a Movement: Cognitive Liberation
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majority feels and if we are indeed majority2. We do not know if
others will join and whether they will come out again3. We do not
know if our resistance will remain nonviolent in the face of
oppression and provocations4. We do not know if we eventually
succeed How does a dissent movement emerge?
Matrix 12 more years of Putin in powerTruth here and now
If every day a man takesorders in silence from anincompetent
superior, if everyday he solemnly performsritual acts which he
privatelyfinds ridiculous, if he () isprepared to deny his own
selfin public () it still does notmean that he has entirely lostthe
use of one of the basichuman senses, namely, thesense of
We really hatestupidity,A Protester in Russia
We do notneed usedpres-ident
We are not Banderlogs. We are citizens of Russia. Did you get
it Python?What can I say in this case? I can say:Come to me,
banderlogs, V. Putin. He citedpython Kaa from Kiplings "Jungle
Book" whocall on monkeys only to suffocate them...
We are not sheep We are not sheep. We are best part of our
Sure, there are people who have a Russian passport but act in
interests of a foreign state and for foreign money V. Putin I know
that students were paid some I am here UNPAID money well, thats
good if they could earn something V. PutinVladimir PutinI am here
not for moneyI dislike you free of charge Obama paid me in
I am a human being I am not vegetable Stand/Serve! Speak/Vote!
Give paw! This is how theyWe are not want us to be. Whether to be
slaves awakened or not - depends only on us
Percentage of jokes about the elections versus percentage of
jokes in totalThe Chairman of the Election Commission comes to
Putinafter the election: I have good news and bad news. Whichdo you
want to hear first? The bad news.Zyuganov, the Communist Party
candidate, got 75% of thevotes. Holy crap! cried Putin. Whats the
good news?You got 76%.