3 Articles by: Alexander Livingston

Alexander Livingston is an associate professor in the department of government at Cornell University and the author of Damn Great Empires! William James and the Politics of Pragmatism.

Martin Luther King Knew That There’s Nothing Peaceful About Nonviolence If You’re Doing It Right

Establishment pundits love to cite Martin Luther King as a way to delegitimize militant protests and shame unruly protesters. But King wasn’t a proponent of passive, compliant protest — to him, nonviolent action was about forging a powerful collective force that could coerce ruling elites into conceding to demands for justice.