This month, we'll reprise a conversation from last summer and talk about whether protests are a legitimate, if not necessary, form of civic participation. Are protests good citizenship or are they civil disorder? Is protesting effective in changing public policy? What's the difference between protest and insurrection? Are nonviolent actions more effective than those that involve violence? What different forms can these actions take: demonstrations, strikes, riots, occupation, boycotts, divestment, disengagement? What are some examples where protest movements succeeded?
- Doug Allen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Maine, author of the book, Gandhi after 9/11: Creative Nonviolence and Sustainability (Oxford 2019)
- Erica Chenoweth, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, author of the new book, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2021)
WMPG 90.9 FM Portland, streaming at wmpg.org.