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About George Lakey

George Lakey has been active in direct action campaigns for six decades. Among many other books and articles he is author of “Strategizing for a Living Revolution” in David Solnit’s book Globalize Liberation (City Lights, 2004). His 2016 book is "Viking Economics," and in December 2018 Melville House will release "How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning."

Articles by George Lakey

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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Navigating the white water of these turbulent times

The struggle for liberation has never been about safety; justice is gained by confronting reality, however dangerous it may be.

How to build a progressive movement in a divided country

Since we can expect more polarization ahead, how can we use its heat and volatility to create something useful?

Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense

The Nordic economic model is the most successful yet invented for the common good. How did they do it?

Reaching Trump supporters with the promise of vision

In ordinary times, progressives might get away with casual images of their political opponents, but these are not ordinary times. 

Without empathy for Trump voters, movements can’t succeed

The white working class reading of recent American history may be more accurate than that of many progressive activists.

What role were you born to play in social change?

Successful social movements include advocates, helpers, organizers and rebels in equal measure.

To succeed, movements must overcome the tension between rationality and emotion

Avoiding conflict disempowers those who suffer oppression. We have to develop the muscles to fight for our own liberation.

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