Video Fridays: How To Topple A Dictator

The vast majority of my Video Fridays installments are decidedly on the light side, like music videos or Monty Python clips, but today I bring you something with a little more substance, more thought-provoking.

I’ve written about TED Talks before (Post 1, Post 2), describing how inspiring they are, and once again I can’t recommend them enough, especially in these trying times of ours.

Today, I thoroughly enjoyed a talk by Srdja Popovic, a non-violent activist from the former Yugoslavia. His opening shtick was brilliant, pointing out how most people would think you were crazy if you told them in January 2011 that by the end of the year Middle Eastern dictators and despots like Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, and Al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden would be either toppled or dead, and that Americans, inspired by Arabs and their Arab Spring, would take to the streets all across the country to stand up to corruption and greed, not just for a one day march in Washington D.C., but in encampments, many of which they continue to occupy several months later.

Startling, isn’t it, when you think of it like that?

Well, I’ll let Srjda take it from here. Enjoy!

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