Stephen D'Arcy, author of Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy, has presented us with clear and compelling arguments for why, when faced with an intransigent adversary, militancy is the best way to protect and support democracy. While militancy, for some, may suggest the opposite, D'Arcy tells us this is not so. I had a chance to put a few questions to Steve, and he kindly outlined when militancy becomes necessary and why it is good for democracy.
MB: In your book Languages of the Unheard you explain, in detail, what makes a form of protest militant. What distinguishes militancy from other forms of protest?