Pos241 oct.10 week 5 lecture 3
The active opponents, also known as dissidents, to the regime
o Were kept quiet by the repression of the regime
o Have a fundamental dislike of the regime
Ex. Labor movements etc- do not share the same values as the regime
o Looked to for leadership by the other groups
o Have a choice to make
Can call for armed rebellion and vocalize their displeasure
If they do this they will most likely lengthen the survival of the regime
o Because it plays into the rhetoric of the state ( labeled by the
regime as terrorists)
Thus, if there are terrorists all of a sudden the passive
supporters will make a recalculation of their interests.
Therefore, violent opposition rarely works.
Second choice is to rally the passive supporters of the regime with the promise
of peace and then organize the passive supporters of the regime to provide an
alternative system to the regime as well as create political parties. They also
need to try and bring in the core supporters of the regime who became
neutralized or against the regime completely.
Thus the best way to bring down the regime is for them to embrace
peace through democracy not violence.
o Need to set aside their radical views
o Should turn themselves into proponents of non-violence, make
peace their platform.
The regime then becomes isolated
o Because the regime thrives on the notion that only they can bring peace using force.
o If you can show that there is another path to peace without violence then the regime
Role of the opposition is to challenge the regimes’ monopoly of truth.
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