Forming a Movement: Cognitive Liberation


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How are people aroused to action and why do they decide to join civil resistance campaigns despite a high degree of risk and uncertainty of outcomes? In other words, how do people reach ‘cognitive liberation’ that breaks the barrier of apathy, shatters fear and awakens their minds to civic reengagement and self-organization? These questions are linked with the reflections on how civil resistance movements build their case for change and how they use opponents’ anti-movement rhetoric and actions to diminish the adversary while galvanizing greater participation, gaining greater visibility and developing resilience.

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Forming a Movement: Cognitive Liberation

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  9. 9. We are not sheep We are not sheep. We are best part of our society
  10. 10. “Sure, there are people who have a Russian passport but act in interests of a foreign state and for foreign money” V. Putin “I know that students were paid some I am here UNPAID money — well, that’s good if they could earn something” V. PutinVladimir PutinI am here not for moneyI dislike you free of charge Obama paid me in person
  11. 11. I am a human being I am not vegetable Stand/Serve! Speak/Vote! Give paw! “This is how theyWe are not want us to be. Whether to be slaves awakened or not - depends only on us”
  12. 12. Percentage of jokes about the elections versus percentage of jokes in totalThe Chairman of the Election Commission comes to Putinafter the election: I have good news and bad news. Whichdo you want to hear first? The bad news.Zyuganov, the Communist Party candidate, got 75% of thevotes. Holy crap! – cried Putin. What’s the good news?You got 76%.
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  14. 14. Responsibility towards future generation
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