--The following is a living document--
While I hope that one day non-violence will be able to evolve from just a tactic to a non-delusional practical philosophy/ way of life--- I understand that as our world is as of now, a tactic in our bag of tricks is all it can be.
I believe there is a small number fighting for true freedom and equality among all people, a small number fighting against it, and the majority of people too afraid to stop straddling the line.
Violence is about intent and outcome.
The intent being to cause harm and/or dominate another person into a position of inferiority.
The outcome being to prevent someone from being capable of providing for themselves and/or placing a person in a psychological state where they do not question this position of inferiority.
Self- defense is not violence. Retaliation against an oppressive force for preservation of your personal safety or the safety of another person is a natural humyn response. Condemning someone for acting like a humyn is violence and also makes you an accessory to the oppressive force itself.
Property destruction is not violence. Things don't have feelings. Things are given importance to distract you from what is really going on and what you are really feeling. However I also believe that it is important to know your target. Burning down a small business is not hurting capitalism, it is hurting the livelihood of someone just trying to provide for their family the only way they know how. Taking something away from someone and not providing them with at least a means to find a alternative is violence.
Most of all violence is living in a place were our education oversimplifies violence as hurting someone who is "good".