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“Amongst the best was Andrew Boyd’s compendium-like Beautiful Trouble which brought together some of the most imaginative elements of a movement influenced by a mix of non-violent direct action and the public drama of situationism.”

Mark Perryman, The Substantive

New BT-inspired column at Waging Nonviolence

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Dear Troublemakers,

Our partners-in-trouble, Waging Nonviolence, are launching a new column entitled “Beautiful Trouble” that is inspired by, you guessed it, the growing world of Beautiful Trouble. The first essay, “When Martin Luther King Gave Up His Guns”, was published on January 15th, 2014, to coincide with the birthday of the eminent civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

The piece presents the argument that in holding up Dr. King as an icon of individual pacifism, rather than strategic direct action, we fail to see his true genius.

The weekly column will showcase a rotating cast of writers. This debut essay was written by Paul Engler, along with BT contributor Mark Engler (Theory: The shock doctrine). Check out more at and at Twitter: @markjengler.

Waging Nonviolence is a source for original news and analysis from around the globe about people-powered struggles for justice using nonviolent strategies and tactics.