The Pros And Cons Of Resistance

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Resistance is a destructive and violent rejection. Resistance is commonly understood as a rejection to accept and comply with something that causes doing in opposition to the current events. “Resistance movement” is an organized effort by some part of people of a country to resist the legally established government or an occupying power and to disrupt civil order and stability. “I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.” (149)
Resistance is related to power, and power is possible to understand as relational and multiple in networks of productive interactions. Resistance is not by itself “evil” or “destructive”, as well as not basically “good”, “progressive” or “democratic”. We have to acknowledge that not only do fascist or religious fundamentalist resistance exist but are common examples of how people try to undermine established power relations.
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It is also is one of the origins of the resistance movement. Resistance was the rejection of all these things: the ceasefire, the Armistice and Collaboration. It also became a rejection of the right-wing politics of Vichy, and, most difficult of all, a rejection of the mythic status and popularity of Petain. It was a battle for the liberation of the country, but it was also a battle for the minds and hearts of the French people, and many Resisters have said that breaking the hold of Petainism was the most formidable task in the first two years. After November 1942 it was easier, for in that month the Germans occupied the whole of France and Petain insisted on staying as head of what was now quite openly a subservient regime. But sympathy, support, and even adoration, for Petain lived on. It still exists among a dedicated minority
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