Another post inspired by an interview
Popovic, over at IRIS,
a French think tank. Popovic, a practitioner of non-violent action introduces us to the tactics of “laughtivism”, i.e., using creativity to ridicule one’s opponent. The article referred to above portrays Syrian refugees who defy fear to produce films mocking the so-called Islamic State terrorist group.
So how does “laughtivism” work? According to Popovic, humour can deconstruct fear, the single biggest obstacle to fighting an overpowering adversary. It federates other people to your cause, because it is perceived as “cool”. And lastly, it poses a dilemma for your opponent – if he doesn’t react, others might be tempted to join in the mocking. If he does react, he runs the risk of looking ridiculous.