Strategic nonviolent action has reasserted itself as a potent force in shaping public debate and forcing political change. Whether it is an explosive surge of protest calling for racial justice in the United States, a demand for democratic reform in Hong Kong or Mexico, a wave of uprisings against dictatorship in the Middle East, or a tent city on Wall Street that spreads throughout the country, when mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media portrays them as being as spontaneous and unpredictable. In This is an Uprising , political analysts Mark and Paul Engler uncover the organization and well-planned strategies behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest. This is an Uprising traces the evolution of civil resistance, providing new insights into the contributions of early experimenters such as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., groundbreaking theorists such as Gene Sharp and Frances Fox Piven, and contemporary practitioners who have toppled repressive regimes in countries such as South Africa, Serbia, and Egypt. Drawing from discussions with activists now working to defend human rights, challenge corporate corruption, and combat climate change, the Englers show how people with few resources and little influence in conventional politics can nevertheless engineer momentous upheavals. Although it continues to prove its importance in political life, the strategic use of nonviolent action is poorly understood. Nonviolence is usually studied as a philosophy or moral code, rather than as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation. This is an Uprising corrects this oversight. It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, and if we decline to incorporate them into our view of how societies progress, then we pass up the chance to fully grasp a critical phenomenon-and to harness its power to create lasting change.
After a brief revival following World War I, during which it successfully defeated a Soviet attempt to invade in an effort to carry ´´international revolution´´ into Germany and Central Europe, Poland once again fell victim to its neighbors in 1939. Adolf Hitler´s Third Reich and Josef Stalin´s USSR collaborated in the conquest and then split Poland between them. The Germans instituted oppressive rule in their portion of Poland, executing some 7,000 people on political grounds and imprisoning thousands of others. One and a half million Poles became forced laborers in Germany, and though seldom noted, the Soviets applied equally brutal methods in their sector, executing 22,000 Polish officers at the Katyn Forest Massacre. NKVD death squads murdered 40,000 civilians and deported 1.4 million people to Siberia and other remote areas, from which a sizable percentage never returned alive. As the Soviets began to push the Germans back west, the Red Army plunged headlong into Poland in late June 1944, on the heels of German Army Group Center´s retreating forces. The British urged the AK to cooperate with the Soviets, but the Russians wanted Poland and treated the Resistance as enemy partisans. The NKVD arrested AK members by the thousands, executing their leaders out of hand. By late July the Polish government in exile thought it was time to order the AK to lead an uprising in Warsaw. The sight of German units retreating and Soviet tanks seen on July 31 very close to the city prompted the order to openly retake Poland´s capital for the nation. Unfortunately it was a decision also predicated on a naively optimistic faith in Anglo-American support. As a result the Poles fought bravely but futilely in August and September against the Nazis, and the Nazis, as they so often did, mercilessly destroyed the city causing the trouble. Heinrich Himmler, the head of the notorious SS, told his men, ´´The city must completely disappear from the surface 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Hubbard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072270/bk_acx0_072270_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you want to learn about the internet of things, then pay attention....You were just woken up in the middle of the night by smart light bulbs in your house blasting at full power for no reason.Your bleary-eyed investigation shows they tried to download a firmware update and failed. At that moment, Alexa starts quietly whispering sweet nonsense to herself in the corner and Roomba starts slamming into the nearest wall.What do you do?Is your house haunted or have the machines finally started an uprising? Neither - it’s just another day in the IoT wonderland.This book reveals the concepts and methods powering perhaps the most ambitious technological concept of the 21st century - the Internet of Things (IoT) - and parades all the ridiculously named gadgets techies imagined to saturate the market before the competition.Mystical, cheap, and scalable, the idea of IoT attracts creative grifters of all shapes and sizes to try their luck in pushing yet another completely unnecessary gadget to the market in hopes of fleecing gullible buyers.Some of the topics you’ll find in the audiobook are:Origins of IoTIoT securityEthical hackingInternet of thingsUnder the cushy foot of tech giantsThe power of infinite fundsIoT toysBio-roboticsPredictive analyticsMachine learningArtificial intelligenceCybersecurityBig dataBusiness intelligenceAugmented realityVirtual realityOur futureAnd much, much more 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian R. Scott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/148230/bk_acx0_148230_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.