This is an inspiring and uplifting talk from Srdja. The points he raises make for a great toolkit for anyone wishing to stand up to dictatorship on any scale. Laughtivism is so powerful in harnessing the absurdities of situations, and the opportunity to make an impact does seem proportional to the amount of humour that goes into an action. As he says: “If you’re a ridiculous looking non-violent revolutionary your chances are twice as big”.
His comment, “Humour makes your movement look cool” is important for a global audience. The language of laughtivism in the form of slapstick and mockery is common across cultures and class. The amazing “spitting image “ style video from Syria is an incredibly brave and impressive satire, and as he says “despite all of the bombings and the violence, the people have found their spirit… there are Syrians who still believe in their humour”
“Humour Melts Fear” is a reminder to people that they have a simple and powerful tool. As an alternative to violence, a good joke disarms injustices immediately, such as the occupy wall street “enough of this bull” action by the Yes Men activists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfrf71ALsEs
This is a talk to be celebrated, and as Popovic says:
“Keep on laughing your way to victory and keep on changing the world with a smile on your face.”