Books: Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Today’s book recommendation is about revolution. At its heart, libertarianism is about nonviolent societal change and Blueprint for Revolution is a fun look at the trolling done by young Serbs that overthrew the dictator Slobodan Milosevic. America is still one of the freest societies in history as evidenced by our podcast’s 8-year existence without any interference from the government. How much easier would it be for Americans to employ the tactics in this book than it was for citizens in this police state?

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Description

An urgent and accessible handbook for peaceful protesters, activists, and community organizers—anyone trying to defend their rights, hold their government accountable, or change the world

Blueprint for Revolution will teach you how to

• make oppression backfire by playing your opponents’ strongest card against them

• identify the “almighty pillars of power” in order to shift the balance of control

• dream big, but start small: learn how to pick battles you can win

• listen to what people actually care about in order to incorporate their needs into your revolutionary vision

• master the art of compromise to bring together even the most disparate groups

• recognize your allies and view your enemies as potential partners

• use humor to make yourself heard, defuse potentially violent situations, and “laugh your way to victory”