Source: “Protests Won’t Be Enough To Stop A Coup” by Judith Shulevitz in The Atlantic.
Below are a few of the key takeaways.
Three lines should not be crossed:
- Trump declares himself the winner while the results remain unclear.
- Election officials find unexplained irregularities or signs of tampering.
- Trump loses but won’t leave office.
Nonviolent protests were twice as likely to succeed as violent ones
- 53 percent of the nonviolent demonstrations achieved their goal, as opposed to 26 percent of violent ones.
- Practicing nonviolence doesn’t come naturally. It’s “a hard lesson” that every generation has to learn anew
- Preferably, it’s reinforced by a corps of designated monitors and marshals who can identify and neutralize hot-headed protesters and maybe even agents provocateurs.
- If property destruction is perceived as violence, it’s functionally violence.
A robust movement will be “diverse and multigenerational
- A prodemocracy movement’s most important constituencies are the institutions that keep society running: banks, businesses, the military, schools, the media, government bureaucracies, police, the judiciary.
Whatever the movement looks like, it will have to cause economic pain.
- That requires organized consumer boycotts and strikes
- On October 14, more than 50 business leaders issued a statement demanding that every vote be counted, no matter how long that takes.