To do groundbreaking work, attract legions of followers, and eventually watch them leave you behind . . . it can’t be easy, or particularly pleasant. The consolation, of course, is that if you have this particular problem, you’ve attained a level of influence that most people can only dream of. Which is why, in the end, we should envy Gene Sharp rather than pity him. To be hailed in your lifetime as a seminal figure is reward enough. Pissing off Hugo Chávez is just gravy.
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