pacifism

Against Pacifism

Of the many utopian positions widespread in the left today, some of the most persistent – and misguided – are various manifestations of pacifism. At its core, this type of thinking can be reduced to a single fundamental assumption: that the atrocities of imperialist war can be overcome and allayed without the disappearance of class society.

Aristophanic pacifism

The late WILBUR BURTON’s article first appeared in the Autumn 1951 issue of Retort, the anarchist journal which used to be published at Bearsville, New York by Holley Cantine and Dachine Rainer, by whose kind permission it is reprinted.

Why pacifists aren't as bad as Peter Gelderloos says they are

Meme of Gandhi advocating for a nuclear strike to end humanity.

A critical review Peter Gelderloos' How Nonviolence Protects the State, a much-read but rarely analysed book.

How Nonviolence Protects the State - Peter Gelderloos

A text demonstrating how pacifism, far from being a neutral ideology actively supports state violence.

Danger! Official Secret: the Spies for Peace: Discretion and Disclosure in the Committee of 100 - Sam Carroll

Article by Sam Carroll, published in 'History Workshop Journal', Volume 69, Issue 1, Spring 2010.