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Non-Military Defense Strategy Social Defense is a way to protect ourselves from foreign invasions or internal coups through active nonviolent resistance and noncooperation including economic boycotts by consumers and producers social and political boycotts of institutions strikes overtaking facilities and administrative systems important to the opponent stalling and obstructing being deliberately inefficient ostracizing influencing occupying troops and other forms of not complying Military defense seeks to prevent an enemy from invading by threatening battle losses at the border Social defense sets an unacceptably high price on staying-ceaseless resistance It spoils the spoils of war and deprives the aggressor of the fruits of victory The price of aggression becomes so high that occupation is no longer worth it Kelly 499 The defense of any nation is crucial to maintaining the lives and lifestyles of the people that stay within its borders The way to completely defend a nation from a damaging force is a debatable question One group of people with a somewhat radical view of how to properly defend a nation is the Green Party Petra Kelly was a cofounder of this party and a loyal nonviolent activist In the previous passage from her Essay Nonviolent Social Defense she spells out the path she believes a nation could follow to defend its people without violence or military involvement Does she make a good argument to why non-military defense can work and if so is it a realistic approach to solving the problems we face in todays world In this passage and the essay as a whole the opinions and hopes of her and her fellow Greens are expressed clearly to be peace and nonviolence at all costs It seems the method of defense is to let the aggressor roll right in and take over At that point the mass populous is to conduct various acts of coercion undermining and indirect opposition to sap the aggressors ability to profit from the people and
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