Have the prospects for nonviolence improved in the 10 years since my book Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea was first published? Living at a time when our television screens are regularly filled with images of conflict, in Syria and elsewhere, the answer may seem to be no. Even the asking of the question does not bode well for nonviolence, since nonviolence is a political tactic that requires great patience and this is an impatient question. Rather than expecting changes in a decade, we should see if we have progressed from one or two centuries ago.

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