Successes of Civil Disobedience

Whenever I find a situation unacceptable, I obviously have to take action. If I don’t do anything, things will simply remain as they are, whether I like it or not. That much is clear to everyone. One very interesting option of taking action is to engage in civil disobedience.

What is “civil disobedience?” According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, this is “refusal to obey governmental demands or commands especially as a nonviolent and usually collective means of forcing concessions from the government.”

I know that often individuals, including me, feel powerless to change things, especially when confronted with the government, the police force, or in our current situation. A package of emergency laws, and very little tolerance for anyone to disagree, let alone take action.

To break free of this negative spell, I decided to look at what history tells us about the positive results that can be achieved with applying the principles of civil disobedience. And this immediately makes its use look more promising to me. Here are three examples of successes.

The Salt March

“The Salt March, which took place from March to April 1930 in India, was an act of civil disobedience led by Mohandas Gandhi to protest British rule in India. During the march, thousands of Indians followed Gandhi from his religious retreat near Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea coast, a distance of some 240 miles.”

“The march resulted in the arrest of nearly 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself. India finally was granted its independence in 1947.” 

Rosa Park’s Bus Protest

“Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities.”

The Singing Revolution

“It may be hard to believe, but singing helped Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania gain independence from the Soviet Union. The Singing Revolution began in 1986 with large groups of citizens gathering to sing songs about their heritage….”

“….the people stood up to tanks and other attempts by the Russian government to silence their songs. In 1991, a new Russian government formally recognized Estonia and other Baltic states as independent.” 

These three beautiful examples of successful civil disobedience protests have in common that they were none-violent and supported by great numbers of people. Without a lot of support, and the clear goal of remaining none-violent, the outcome might have been completely different.

I believe that in the worldwide lockdowns we are experiencing at the time of writing, civil disobedience may become important again, because violence is never a solution, and the numbers of people who don’t believe in the lockdowns anymore are growing.

It can certainly be added to the list of useful, meaningful actions against the great reset. Signing online petitions, sharing good information, voting on libertarian political parties, peaceful protesting, and taking legal action against the lockdowns are some other options.*

 

* If you believe there is still something missing in this list, please contact me and let me know!