Pragmatic nonviolence is based on the necessity to create a social change or political movement that will allow a change to come into effect without actually changing the minds of the individuals who wish to keep society the way it is. In pragmatic nonviolence, winning over the opposition is not necessary to reach a political or social end.
Nonviolence has recently been used by political groups that have very little power like the peace, environment, and women's movements in the United States. Political movements have taken advantage of nonviolence as a tool that has political effectiveness, but they often do not mention the religious, moral, or ethical side of the approach. Those who practice pragmatic nonviolence strongly believe that just means will inherently lead to just ends.