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Pacifism As Pathology: Reflections On The Role Of Armed Struggle In North America Paperback – January 1, 1998
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Though I can connect with the social struggle movement on this university campus, it is deeply polarizing. Such polarization; I felt, was the reasons why on a number occasions they were unsuccessful in reaching out to others, and at the same time, form a coherent bases of action and influence on this campus i.e., they're not taking very seriously.Read more ›
Start's with the stating the Pacifist ideal, and knocks it down for not being able to realized said ideal. It would be easy to accuse Churchill of knocking down strawmen, except that many dogmatic pacifists *are* that pie in the sky, refusing to do *anything* remotely confrontational.
After having dismissed the classic examples of success by pointing out how they did not live up to the ideal, he proceeds to assert the right to self-defense, which all but the most dogamtic would accept, and then by with a logicaly jump, concludes with a thumping assertion of "armed struggle" (i.e. the Jacobin-Blaquist conspiritorial model of a "revolutionary vanguard").
It's easy to poke holes in a position, particularly one so given to absolutist, sweeping pronouncements as pacifism; it's harder to ask what really works. Non-violent direct action is a means to change the potential of which has yet to be fully realized. *YES* it is not applicable in any and all situations. *YES* people have a legal and moral right to self-defense. *YES* non-violent campaigns are rarely, if ever *perfectly* non-violent. None of this takes away from the efficacy of non-violence in many if not most situations.
The irony is that Churchill's book doesn't mention the most interesting characters and events that severely qualify "non-violent successes" He doesn't mention Robert Williams (NEGROES WITH GUNS) tactical excercise of his 2nd Amendment rights against the KKK in the late 1950's. He doesn't mention Subhas Chandra Bose, Gandhi's most trenchant critic. No real thorough examination of the strengths and limitations of non-violence as a strategy and tactic, just hoary sloganeering of "new left" (turned old) cliches from AIM and the Black Panthers.Read more ›
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Thank god someone said it!! Pacifism is an ideology that is killing us here in America. It is the new black plague. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jennifer B Bilek
This was a great, incredibly important book that highlights the failures of activism and resistance in North America. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Kissy Kissems!
The history in some books overly outs killer instincts in serious realities ever alluding lightly.
From the first sentence, this book is too pushy with its message of assault;... Read more
Churchill is about as "Native-American" as his name. He, like Geraldo Rivera, has made a very successful career by pretending to be what he is not. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by Reader in Palo Alto
Because I so respect the basic thrust of Derrick Jensen's writing (and he is such a vocal opponent of pacifism and I myself a pacifist) I had to go out and get this book. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Christopher W. Greene
I loved this book. I think it teaches the reality of our current situation. The "progressive left" in North America are practicing "comfort zone politics". Read morePublished on July 23, 2005 by Nicholas Smith
In this book Churchill lays out his case against white progressives, who he feels are oblivious to the ineffectiveness of their efforts. Read morePublished on April 15, 2005 by Michael Smith
This little book has changed the way I think about nonviolence as a be all end all strategy for social change. Read morePublished on December 26, 2003 by Huby7