“Understanding nonviolence as an energy present in all of us is key to putting it to work in our own lives and in the troubled life of our world. This is a very powerful little volume—it will shake you up in wonderful ways!”
—Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of Oil and Honey and The End of Nature
“In a few short pages, Michael Nagler has been able to present the accumulated wisdom of activists, prophets, and social theorists in a way that is powerfully instructive, accessible, and deeply moving.”
—Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor-in-Chief, Tikkun, and Chair, Network of Spiritual Progressives
“Only Michael Nagler could make such a cogent and persuasive case for nonviolence while delivering profound new insights, pearls of wisdom, and practical recommendations along the way.”
—Erica Chenoweth, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and Associate Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo.
ONE: An Introduction to Nonviolence
Fight, Flight, and the Third Way
The Uses of Nonviolence
Satyagraha: A New Term for an Eternal Principle
TWO: Right Intention: Cultivating a Nonviolent Soul
The Person Is Not the Problem
Five Basic Training Practices for Nonviolent Living
THREE: Right Means: Knowing Where We Stand
How Much Nonviolence Is Enough?
When Nothing Else Will Work
FOUR: Putting Nonviolent Energy to Work
The Art of Compromise
What Do We Really Want?
Building it Right: The Secret of Constructive Program
FIVE: Peering into the Heart of Satyagraha
Seeing the Real Results
Coping with Success
The Importance (or Not) of Numbers
How Useful Are Symbols?
Can Nonviolence Be Misused?
The Role of Suffering in Satyagraha
Fasting in Satyagraha
SIX: What Have We Learned?
A Way of Being
A Movement Over-sweeping the World
Highlights: A Handy Reference
For Further Reading and Viewing
About the Author