The 2016 US Presidential Elections and Beyond – Peace Education for Nonviolent Resistance

  • Patrick T. Hiller
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 24)


It is not uncommon for many people in the United States to apologise for the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Honestly, I do not think I should do that, since that would mean that I somehow accept the results as part of some failure or error, when in fact we have had warning signs of socio-political developments all along. I will admit that, although I did not expect the result, instead of apologising, I have committed myself to resist and not allow the Trump agenda to be normalised. Trump has made multiple campaign promises – promises that, if kept, will harm the planet, Muslims, Blacks, immigrants, women, the poor, etc. As an educated white male with a job, I can buffer a lot of that – except for the consequences of climate change and nuclear war. If I remain silent, I will be complicit. So, I will not. What I am offering are some reflections on the connection of the notion of resistance to peace education. The context of these comments is the election and the aftermath. I have reviewed a lot of new literature that came out of the realm of peace education. I want to highlight a few, where I think we can meaningfully merge peace education and resistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Jubitz Family FoundationPortlandUSA

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