The Anti-Coup

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Supporters of political democracy, human rights, and social justice have good reasons to be alarmed about coups d'état. These abrupt seizures of the state apparatus have occurred with great frequency in recent decades. Coups have overthrown established constitutional democratic systems of government, halted movements toward greater democracy, and have imposed brutal and oppressive regimes. Coups d'état are one of the main ways in which new dictatorships are established. Coups may also precipitate civil wars and international crises. Coups remain a major unsolved defense problem. This book describes an anti-coup policy focused on defense of the society by the society itself, using non-violent methods. The two basic principles of anti-coup defense promoted in this book are to: 1) deny legitimacy to the putschists, and 2) to resist the putschists with noncooperation and defiance. (Summary by Benjamin Gittins) (2 hr 46 min)


The Anti Coup 5:03 Read by Benjamin Gittins
How coups operate 3:13 Read by Lynette Caulkins
When are coups likely to occur? 7:05 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Support for coups 3:15 Read by Lynette Caulkins
Attempts to prevent coups 5:00 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Coups have been defeated 16:31 Read by Lynette Caulkins
Anti-coup defense 3:29 Read by Benjamin Gittins
The putschists require... 3:53 Read by Lynette Caulkins
Direct defense of the society 5:20 Read by Benjamin Gittins
The need for preparations 2:13 Read by KevinS
The civilian defenders' aims 2:03 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Resistance: general and organized 3:42 Read by KevinS
The importance of strategy 4:37 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Anti-coup weapons 4:20 Read by KevinS
Guidelines for general resistance 6:16 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Treatment of the usurper's troops and functionaries 3:32 Read by Linette Geisel
Facing attack: obstruction and communication 3:14 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Facing attack: repudiation and rejection 1:50 Read by KevinS
Blocking control by the putschists 5:45 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Defying repression and intimidation 2:48 Read by Linette Geisel
The importance of nonviolent discipline 5:51 Read by Benjamin Gittins
International support 3:00 Read by Linette Geisel
Shifts in strategy during the struggle 2:16 Read by Benjamin Gittins
A durable success 1:35 Read by KevinS
In the case of need for long-term defense 5:15 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Collapsing the coup 2:09 Read by KevinS
Deterring coups d'etat 2:19 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Promoting an anti-coup defense 2:15 Read by KevinS
Adopting an anti-coup defense 1:45 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Preparations by the civil institutions 5:59 Read by KevinS
Government initiated preparations 3:17 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Possible legislation and other plans to mobile defense 3:53 Read by Linette Geisel
Other types of preparations 1:48 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Consequences of an anti-coup defense 2:17 Read by Linette Geisel
Appendix One 12:45 Read by Benjamin Gittins
Appendix Two 12:31 Read by Linette Geisel
Albert Einstein Institution Mission Statement / About the Authors 4:03 Read by Benjamin Gittins