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1. Don't pretend you don't know that institutions like prisons and jails and the military and paramilitary are not places consciously created to permit, enable, encourage, condone and indirectly foster violent conduct, including sexual assault and rape that is systematically ignored.
2. Stop acting like an authorized violence is different from violence that is unauthorized. Ten years of litigation and millions of dollars and TV shows do not make quiet, careful vengeance any less violent than explosive, bloody teenagerish rebellion. It's just dressed in neater clothes and the violent war between good and evil seems so ordained by God and totally cool.
3. Question anyone who thinks that there are good people who should never suffer and bad people who must be made to suffer. If someone says that "we" are good and "they" are bad, beware.
4. Give up on the idea that violent behavior toward people who behave in a violent manner is practical and that it ends violence. Remember that authorized violence by uniformed nice people is the kind of violence that actually makes other people even MORE violent.
5. Never forget that nearly all of the violent deaths that took place in the 20th century were perpetrated by nation-states in the biggest tribal blowout ever recorded. Individual crime and terrorist cabals hardly come close to the level of damage we do as ginormous, mindless governing machines.
6. Try to keep in mind that naming an assault and battery an "arrest" does not make it less violent than any other assault and battery. It just sounds nicer. It fools you into thinking it's always necessary because the authority with the gun says it is. Naming a kidnapping and hostage-taking "punishment" or "incarceration" or "imprisonment" does not render this action non-violent. It is as violent as a kick in the gut by a short brown guy with gang tatoos. It just has another name and we are told that it is necessary by people in nice clothes and access to the WMD.
7. Don't forget that the personal experience of unauthorized violence feels just as compelling or necessary to the one who is being violent as it does to anyone on the side of the "authorities". The unauthorized among us rarely call it "violence" either. They may change their minds after sufficient confrontation. Hit hard by those of us who give up our money so that other people in suits can hire armed paramilitary and military to do our violence for us, guys change their vocabulary, but when a guy hits on a lady, he definitely feels like it's something he has to do and that it's none of our business.
8. Close your eyes and imagine how it might be possible to find one person anywhere in the world who is not part of a nation-state that does fatal and torturous violence to lots of people in that individual's name and with the "authority" either granted by democratic vote or given up by being less able to persuade the violent powers-that-be to stop the killing and the assaulting and the battering, and so on and on and on. Being against violence begins with understanding that we all participate in violence every day by delegating the task to others who are charged with "protecting and defending" our written right to be violent when and how we deem it necessary.
9. Consider the possibility that we have not avoided a global nuclear conflagration because those who know how to blow us up are any different than the guys on "Cops" who are hauled off like cattle and made to lie down in pastures that run red with the blood of our self-righteous belief in the "good" fight against "bad" guys. We are a pragmatic predator species who retain an instinct and conviction in favor of survival that goes into overdrive when we have access to WMD. This is not about the rule of law, but the overwhelming power of mother nature stitched lovingly into our DNA.
10. Remember that spanking kids is the same as assaulting and battering an adult. Don't let anybody tell you that assaulting and battering your own (or any) child is some kind of non-violent discipline that will magically transform a little person into a "good" citizen. Violence against children is the first and biggest step to learning that it's okay to be violent. The evidence that being hit as a child leads to learning that it's okay to do the hitting (authorized or unauthorized) as an adult is SO well documented that it seems almost silly to keep repeating the obvious.