Gene Sharp

Posted on January 3, 2013


Undoubtedly the most successful and best known proponent of nonviolence in the last two decades, Gene Sharp received funding for his doctoral dissertation from the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, and his Albert Einstein Institution received grants from the International Republican Institution and the National Endownment for Democracy (the international agencies of the Republican and Democratic Parties, respectively) in order to translate and distribute some of Mr. Sharp’s writings internationally (this even according to a pro-Sharp article that initially claims his organization has received no government funding). Campaigns for nonviolent movements in other countries in which Sharp played an influential role also received major funding from the IRI and the NED, as well as the Rand Corporation, George Soros, and others.