Another closeted autistic changes the world: Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution NYT
Another closeted autistic changes the world: Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution NYTimes
This is a truly heart warming story. An 83 yo Bostonian who has never married, lives a modest existence, is unfamiliar with technology, cannot drive a car, his house is overflowing with books and papers and not much else and his assistant believes that he is incapable of taking care of himself; wrote a manual that has been used to topple dictatorships in at least 7 countries so far. The last of these dictatorships were Egypt and Tunisia.
The man has a history in non-violent struggle. He was an activist against the korean war and went to jail over his convictions. Over the years he has written a lot about toppling dictatorships through non-violent means. One of his manuals is widely used worldwide for this purpose. Not many people in his own country have heard of this remarkable man what with our constant need for war since Andrew Jackson wrote the book on perpetrating violence and getting away with it.
You can identify the traits of an adult autistic just by reading the observations of a journalist. Obviously he is a highly functioning autistic, an expectation we cannot fairly place on every autistic kid. While all autistics share some common defining personality characters, some are more functioning than others and some are more highly intellectual than others. Yet each and everyone of them has a unique talent that a smart and loving parent can and should work on helping their child find it and nourish it.
This great man I am referring to in this article, is described as shy. As you know shy is the code word neurotypicals use to describe someone whom they consider socially inept. This is fine as long as they stick around long enough to realize that while they are cheering on all sorts of violent inclinations and blood thirst, there is someone out there who single-handedly is overturning these inclinations and re-educating generations on tolerance, non-violence and attainment of rights through peaceful means.
Like I always tell my clients, walking away from a violent or explosive situation is not cowardes. Not the least bit. It is only being true to who you are and what you are, a non-violent, civilized person. Walking away from violence does not mean one is giving up her rights and it does not mean you are a pacifist either. It only means one is choosing to take their rights through peaceful means. This can include litigation or sabotage or any of a wide range of tools that gene sharp (the hero of this piece) describes aptly in his books. He says, identify a dictator’s weaknesses and exploit them. If you use violence then you are playing to the dictator’s strength and you will be defeated. Think for a moment, if you replace the word dictator by the word bully in the previous sentence you got yourself a recipe for your child who is inevitably going to face bullies in school and lat in adulthood too.