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That a man who derives his income and political power from the threat of violence towards the inhabitants of the geographical territory controlled by the him and his colleagues operating under the color of the "United States Government" dares to lecture on the 'art and discipline of nonviolence' demonstrates a level of hubris and intellectual sophistry of truly amazing proportions.

Ms. Tippet, I have admired your work for years, but shame on you for not recognizing this internal conflict in logic. Non-violence, more properly called non-aggression, is a principle which stands in absolute contradiction to any form of government which relies on the threat of violence to extract obedience from those over whom it claims to have sovereignty.