What a book for our time. The manuscript has a dark power, while carrying a sense of profound wisdom relevant to all revolutionaries, including those of us who reject violent means.

 
 
 
 
         

         
         
                           
 

If this book had been published in the 60's/70's, we would be living in a better world today. It gives the kind of tools that can change mankind's path.

 
 
 
       

       
       
       
                           
                           
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
                                                     
          Title ...................................................................

i

 
          Credits ...............................................................

ii

 
          Transcriber's Note .................................................

iii

 
                              Table of Contents .................................................

v

 
          INTRODUCTION ....................................................

1

 
          PREFACE: What is Revolution? .................................

9

 
          PRELUDE: My Life ..................................................

13

 
                              CHAPTER I: Anger and Violence ...............................

17

 
         

Hard Life: Anger at Injustice ...............................

19

 
         

To become a Revolutionary? ...............................

23

 
         

Violence: Its Uses and Limitations ........................

27

 
                             

The Elder and the Revolutionary ..........................

29

 
  BOOK DETAILS    

Violence versus Force ........................................

33

 
     

Basic Acts .......................................................

37

 
                             

Young Revolutionaries ........................................

39

 
  Original Title:    

The Rabidly Angry .............................................

43

 
    THE LIMITS OF VIOLENCE

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Deliverance ......................................................

47

 
    Lessons of a Revolutionary Life    

INTERLUDE: Reflection .......................................

51

 
    ©2001, - All rights reserved           CHAPTER II: Revolutionary Leadership .......................

53

 
    Publication date: Oct., 17, 2014    

Confusion of the Personal and Political ..................

55

 
    Language: English    

Tomorrow ........................................................

59

 
    Related Category: Social Science    

What Makes a Good Human Being .........................

61

 
    Related Category: Political Science    

Revolutionary Leaders ........................................

67

 
    ISBN-10: 1500258164    

Revolutionary Followers ......................................

75

 
    ISBN-13: 978-1456365417    

Celebration ......................................................

79

 
                     

Preparing to Govern ...........................................

83

 
  Printed copy:

 

   

Good King Alfred ...............................................

89

 
    Page Count: 194      

INTERLUDE: Lament ...........................................

97

 
    Binding Type: US Trade Paper  

   

CHAPTER III: Monsters and Revolutionary Chaos .........

99

 
    Trim Size: 6" x9"      

What Makes a Monster? (read).............................

101

 
    Color: Black and White      

Funding the Revolution .......................................

111

 
    Cover finish:      

Dehumanizing & Demonizing .................................

117

 
   

Soft, full color, glossy

     

INTERRUPTION: Fright ........................................

121

 
    Printed by:      

Power, Sexuality and Sadism ...............................

123

 
   

CreateSpace

     

María ..............................................................

127

 
   

an Amazon Company

     

The Mensch .....................................................

131

 
   

Charleston SC, USA

     

The Hero .........................................................

135

 
                             

Sasha's Diary ...................................................

139

 
  EDITORIAL SUMMARY    

INTERLUDE: How I Came to be in North America ......

143

 
     

CHAPTER IV: Having Won the Revolution ...................

149

 
 

Organized violence of man on man continues to be part of the human experience. In many cases, despotic regimes perpetrate this violence. In other situations, violence is the response of people that rebel against oppressive systems.

In the book "The Limits of Violence: Lessons of a Revolutionary Life·, Ira Chaleff compiles the memories and reflections of Élan Le Vieux, a hundred year old revolutionary who lived through much of the political turmoil of the 20th century.

Under the premise that people have the right to stand up to an oppressive regime, Élan focus the violent methods of revolutionary struggle, their legitimacy, consequences and limits. He analyzes the challenge of replacing an oppressive regime without becoming the new oppressor. With this approach, Élan contributes to the conception, development and preservation of the highest values of any genuine revolution, independent of its ideological views.

Élan’s counsel to 21st century revolutionaries is to first analyze if they can achieve their goals through reforms before concluding that revolution is the only mechanism.

Once negotiations for freedom from oppression are exhausted, Élan calls for consideration of modern revolutionary tools that can become as or more effective than the traditional armed struggle.

If the final judgment is that violence to combat violence is the only possible course of action, Élan examines how to do this without becoming a violent individual or establishing a regime as oppressive as the one the revolutionary is trying to overthrow.

Throughout this book, Élan offers an ethical revolutionary path to becoming a great historical character that future generations will admire and honor.

   

The End Game ..................................................

151

 
     

Cry for the Drowned ..........................................

159

 
     

When Does the Revolution End? ...........................

163

 
     

Defections .......................................................

167

 
     

Building a New World .........................................

171

 
     

Endings ...........................................................

173

 
     

Keeping the Spirit Alive in Future Generations .........

175

 
     

EPILOG ...............................................................

177

 
      TRANSCRIBER'S EPILOG ..........................................

181

 
      Principles ............................................................

185

 
           
      REVOLUTIONARY LEADERS
     
   

Through his tale, Élan frequently refers to three revolutionary leaders of the 21st Century: Vladimir Illich Ulianov or Lenin, whom he claims to have known in person, Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

He discusses the positive and negative lessons resulting from how each of these leaders employed violence and power. Thus, he answers questions such as: What is the purpose of power? When should violence be used? How much of it? When does the revolution end? What comes next?

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  ABOUT THE AUTHOR: IRA CHALEFF     REVOLUTIONARY FOLLOWERS
     

Ira Chaleff’s political consciousness was formed during the early 1960’s when he was an under-graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley. It was the height of the Civil Rights movement that fought to bring equal rights and protection of the law to African-Americans. He was one of 800 students arrested in the first mass sit-in demonstration in the North of the U.S. in support of freedom of speech on campus and of the courageous groups working to end the apartheid system that existed in the Southern U.S.

 

The singularity of Élan’s approach is his focus on the role of a revolutionary leader’s followers as trustees of the revolution’s final success. On this point, Élan offers a set of guidelines to establish positive dynamics in the leader-follower relationship. As well as setting a limit to violence, Élan affirms that there exists a limit to obedience and a clear difference between loyalty to the leader and loyalty to the revolution and its core human values.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

He spent many years trying to create a saner world before mankind annihilated itself through nuclear war during the cold war period. Some of these efforts led him to follow leaders who proved to be no better at responsibly using power than those who ran the system that needed to be changed. He eventually rejoined the mainstream of society and has attempted to prevent or remedy abuses of power through his classic book "The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders", first published in 1995 and now in its third edition.

Ira engaged in the project that became “The Limits Of Violence” after reading about the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone in West Africa during its civil war that lasted from 1991 t0 2002. He was grateful that the figure of Elan Le Vieux appeared as a way to respond to the unspeakable acts committed there in the name of revolution. Having been sensitized by this project to the challenges of conducting revolution productively, he traveled to Chiapas, Mexico in 2002 to see for himself the impact of the Zapatistas, who were developing new philosophies of revolution.

In 2008 he was also fortunate to be invited to Sierra Leone to address its parliamentary leaders who were trying to stabilize the country after its devastating war. The events that led to his engagement with “The Limits of Violence” had come full circle.

    PRINCIPLES
     
     

These principles are distilled from Élan’s writing:

  1. Value transformation over power.

  2. Determine the necessary force to realize transformation; no more, no less.

  3. Honor individual lives in the pursuit of all life’s betterment.

  4. Respect comrades who disagree with you; they are still comrades.

  5. Learn how to do things better; admit mistakes and stay human.

  6. You are not the revolution.

  7. You are the symbol of the revolution; live up to it.

  8. Do not expect others to behave as symbols.

  9. The revolution will be imperfect.

  10. Imperfection is preferable to tyranny.

  11. Do not become the tyrant in the name of perfection.

  12. The revolution will change; accept it.

  13. The revolution is in the hearts of people.

  14. Hearts are changed over time. Be patient. Persist.

  15. The revolution fosters the legitimate interests of all constituencies.

  16. Revolution is against illegitimate interests, not against their bearers.

  17. At the right time, exchange the revolution for the institutions and practices that will sustain its achievements.

  18. Legacies are determined by successfully institutionalizing the legitimate aspirations for which you fought.

  19. Only you can ruin your legacy.

  20. The legacies of leaders that use power wisely are the threads that weave a just future.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  OTHER BOOKS BY IRA CHALEFF    
     
 

Many of the topics explored in "The Limits of Violence" relate to a broader institutional context dealt with by Ira Chaleff in his international best seller "The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders" (3rd Edition, Berret-Koehler Publishers).

   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 

Forthcoming Ira Chaleff's book will be "Intelligent Disobedience - Doing Right When You Are Told To Do Wrong" expected for July 2015.