Passive resistance a method of nonviolent protest against laws or policies in order to force a change or secure concessions; it is also known as nonviolent resistance and is the main tactic of civil disobedience. Passive resistance typically involves such activities as mass demonstrations, refusal to obey or carry out a law or to pay taxes, the occupation of buildings or the blockade of roads, labor strikes, economic boycotts, and similar activities.
Is there a time and place to resist governmental tyranny through passive resistance? If so, when – and under what cause? The White Rose is a good example of a group in Nazi Germany that saw a need to resist, and risked everything to help educate others towards the truth. But apathy, rationalization, the reinterpretation of law, humanism, and relativism weren’t just contributors to the rise of Governmental tyranny in Germany of the 30’s and 40’s, but in all places and periods of history – even into the present day in our Southern communities. Although it seems we’ve learned a few valuable lessons from the rise and fall of Nazi tyranny in Germany, we’ve sometimes forgotten others – such as the importance the White Rose placed towards the education and safe-guarding of Biblical law and objective truth. Perhaps, like the White Rose, some of us may face persecution in our defense of truth and community – but if our stand for truth in our community saves just one life, shouldn’t it be worth whatever we can give?
To learn more about how the individual members of the White Rose resisted the boot of tyranny in Germany – as well as their beliefs towards government and independence, please click the following link: The White Rose.
- Wear Them Out With Passive Resistance (henrymakow.com)
- Georgians exercise ‘passive resistance’ (USA Today)
- US experts: passive resistance is Solidarity’s best option (CS monitor)
- Passive Resistance during Southern Secession (an interesting forum discussion)