Political solidarity and violent resistance

Journal of Social Philosophy 38 (1):38–52 (2007)

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Sally J. Scholz
Villanova University
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This article examines the particular moral obligations of solidarity focusing on the solidary commitment against injustice or oppression. I argue that political solidarity entails three relationships—to other participants in action, to a cause or goal, and to those outside the unity of political solidarity. These relationships inform certain obligations. Activism is one of those obligations and I argue that violent activism is incompatible with the other relations and duties of solidarity. Activists may find themselves confronted with a difficult choice between respecting the relationships of political solidarity or employing physical violence in resistant self-defense against oppressive practices.
Keywords solidarity  nonviolence  activism  resistance
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9833.2007.00365.x
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