According to a blog found on RE Factor Tactical, a company founded by veterans which sells tactical products and provides special operations with solutions for unconventional battlefield issues, violence can, and has historically been, the answer to major conflicts. In their blog, they state: “Those who say “violence is never the answer”, most likely never stared death in the face or encountered some of the greatest evil that plagues our society. In reality, violence often solves some of life’s greatest issues”. Thinking back to our World Wars, revolutions and the current conflict in Venezuela… they may actually be right. On today’s episode, we have a conversation about pacifism and violence, and their respective effectiveness in resolving escalated social conflict.
According to a USA Today article, many large protests in D.C. history included the 500-600k protesters who demonstrated against the Vietnam War in 1969. In 1963, the Jobs and Freedom protest drew about 250,000 people to D.C., where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Most recently, the March for our Lives, which took place on March 24th, 2018, drew a crowd of about 800,000 protesters. On this episode, we reflect on some of the social differences of previous protesters in comparison to today’s, in order to answer the question - what is unique about today’s social movements and its participants?