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Pacifism Summer: Revolution Summer Through the Lens of Churchill's Pacifism as Pathology
by B. Rex
State police, often serving as the order-preserving arms of global capitalism, have a simple formula for dissolving
groups that pose a threat to that order.
This formula has been documented for
decades in the US and has even been
applied against completely nonviolent
groups. According to Ward Churchill
in Pacifism as Pathology, reissued this
year by AK press, the existence of such
a formula brings up an inherent flaw in
the logic of American Liberals and other totally ineffectual leftist groups that
remain stridently critical of the use of
violence in resisting the state. Churchill
makes light of the absurdity of assuming that as long as dissent remains nonviolent, the state will be forced to follow
suit. He then unveils the harsh truth
that within nation-states that can mobilize violent use of force to protect ruling-class interests, the stance of absolute nonviolence has become a placebo
for the progressive class, quelling their
woes but changing nothing.
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