Robert Burrowes

Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of 'Why Violence?' His email address is flametree@riseup.net and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com

06.05.2015

Peace Lessons: how to reduce violence

Peace Lessons: how to reduce violence

If you are interested in learning more about the meaning of, and the relationshipsamong, direct, structural and cultural violence and how one peace studies scholar suggests we use the integrative power of nonviolence to address violence constructively, then I suggest you read the new book by historian, playwright and novelist… »

23.04.2015

Legacy of War

Legacy of War

As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey. Sometimes when we… »

08.04.2015

Saving Passengers of the Good Ship “Titan… Earth”

Saving Passengers of the Good Ship “Titan… Earth”

On 15 April 1912, the Titanic, the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. The large and unnecessary death toll – more than 1,500 passengers and crew – was the result of many factors. »

25.03.2015

Vykom: Nonviolent Action Against Untouchability

Vykom: Nonviolent Action Against Untouchability

Why does nonviolent action work? And how good was Mohandas K. Gandhi as a nonviolent strategist? If you want high quality evidence in your search for answers to these two questions then I encourage you to read Professor Mary E. King’s latest book on the struggle against untouchability, unapproachability and… »

12.03.2015

Violence against women: why we keep getting it wrong

Violence against women: why we keep getting it wrong

With the passing of another International Women’s Day, during which much attention around the world has again been focused on tackling violence against women, I would like to explain why none of the initiatives currently being proposed will achieve anything unless we acknowledge, and act on, the cause of this… »

25.02.2015

Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

Have you ever noticed your own inclination, or that of other people, to believe what you/they are told by someone seen to be in authority? For example, did you know that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center buildings 5, 6 and 7… »

11.02.2015

Terrorism: Ultimate Weapon of the Global Elite

Terrorism: Ultimate Weapon of the Global Elite

The usual definition of a ‘terrorist’ is simple: a person who uses violence in the pursuit of a political objective. By this definition, the two major categories of terrorist are those political leaders who perpetrate state terror by attacking other countries (ranging from launching a war, perhaps following a false… »

30.01.2015

Why Do We Fear Love?

Why Do We Fear Love?

Why do human beings fear love? That is, why do we fear loving ourselves and others, and why do we fear being fully loved ourselves? Robert J. Burrowes If someone does not receive what they need emotionally as a child, their capacity to give will be limited accordingly. The less… »

14.01.2015

The importance of being angry

The importance of being angry

Unfortunately, in many circles, anger has a bad reputation. There are several reasons for this. One reason is that we are scared when people are angry at us, so we try to scare people, especially children, out of being angry. By doing this, we hope to escape responsibility for our… »

27.11.2014

Nonviolent Action: minimizing the risk of violent repression

Nonviolent Action: minimizing the risk of violent repression

In a recent article, full of insight, Professor Bill Quigley identified ten different illegal actions police often take ‘to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights’ to take nonviolent action to address a grievance. He noted that these police tactics are commonly used by law enforcement agencies in big protests… »

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