Is Violence a Necessary Evil?

Think about social changes that have taken place in recent history -- the civil rights movement, changes in gun regulations, the Arab Spring, etc..  Can you think of ANY that have not been preceded by some level of violence?  Is there nothing short of violence that provides sufficient motivation for society to implement significant change?

Does violence ALWAYS lead to change, or does it sometimes PREVENT changes that might otherwise take place?  Does violence sometimes lead to undesirable change?

Is violence ever a justifiable "tool" in seeking to implement social change?

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  • Robert V.

    Sorry I can't attend --we're still traveling. "Violence" is part of life (e.g., predators in nature). In human affairs, it is both 'good' & 'bad'. The Revolutionary War, the Civil War & WWII are examples of the 'good' -- & also the actions of the brave woman who stopped a crazed gunman at the New Life Church. Obviously murders, senseless mass killings, etc., are examples of the 'bad'. In my view, those who would argue that ALL violence is unacceptable are living on Fantasy Island.

    February 10, 2013

  • Daryl K.

    I have never participated in the past and I cannot on the 11th since I teach a class at that time but I think the topic is important and interesting. I would be interested in future topics.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Glad you rescheduled it. I got too busy last night but yeah, its a good topic.

    January 22, 2013

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