For years Mandela had been urging the ANC to abandon its strict policy of passive resistance.
He wrote the words he hoped would inspire his people to passive resistance.
Garner became the Gandhi of loosies, offering only the most passive resistance as the police moved to arrest him.
A technique of demonstrating opposition to a government's activities simply by not cooperating with them. It is particularly associated with Mahatma Gandhi, who opposed violent revolution in his own country's fight for independence. (Compare civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance.)