Counterpower: Making Change Happen by Tim Gee

By Tim Gee

This well timed e-book argues that no significant circulation has ever been profitable with out counterpower, or the facility that the "have-nots" can use to take away the facility of the "haves."

Investigating the heritage and strategies of significant pursuits of the prior and today's international justice and human rights events, Tim Gee demonstrates what works and what doesn't paintings. In exhibiting how counterpower will be strategically utilized, Gee has created an suggestion for activists and a useful source for academics and scholars of social change.

Tim Gee is a author and communications expert operating with campaigning agencies within the uk and worldwide.

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57 Counterpower 3 How governments respond to Counterpower ‘It is not power that corrupts but fear. ’ Aung San Suu Kyi Politicians often bemoan people’s lack of interest in politics. When they do so, they are usually bemoaning the lack of people supporting their politics. Because when a real political movement rises to challenge a government, that government will do everything it can to hold the people concerned back. Governments will try discrediting the movement, smearing it, co-opting it, dividing and ruling it, or – if all that fails – crushing it.

Tl/m6rSqK 7 Besant differed with Gandhi on whether to support the First World War, which she opposed. 8 Annie Besant, An Autobiography, Fisher Unwin, 1893. tl/lGfvhS 10 Gandhi ‘Quit India’ speech, 1942, available online at emersonkent. htm 11 Lion Agarwal, Freedom Fighters of India, Ishar, Delhi, 2008. 12 Letter from Clement Attlee to Ernest Bevin, 2 Jan 1947, stored at the British Library. 13 Chris Brazier, ‘The Radical 20th Century’, in The No-Nonsense Guide to World History, New Internationalist, third edition, 2010.

29 Activists also joined together in solidarity to resist bailiffs from entering houses. In Glasgow and London, tax collectors themselves protested at their orders to collect the unjust tax. In some areas the police declared that following up all of the defaulters would be physically impossible. However some were not so lucky. Amongst those imprisoned was the Labour MP Terry Fields, who spent 60 days in prison for refuing to pay his £373 (almost $600) poll tax bill. As the Conservatives lost a string of by-elections, backbench MPs concluded that Margaret Thatcher had gone too far and that, were she to stay in office, their party would lose the next election.

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