by Levi Asher Wednesday, November 11, 2015 09:01 am
What's it like to be a pacifist on Veteran's Day? Well, I can only tell you what it's like to be a pacifist with a father who is a Korean War-era veteran who helped to turn me into a pacifist ... on Veteran's Day.
An ambitious new project will construct a complex logical argument to prove that a reasonable hope for world peace on planet Earth is not crazy or delusional or dangerously naive, and that a better future is within our easy grasp.
Some mistakenly believe that pacifism is an extreme position, or that it requires mystical belief. But the practical case for pacifism is obvious and simple: war acts like a cancer, and cancers can be removed.
by Levi Asher Wednesday, November 4, 2015 08:24 am
Language has been nearly fatal to pacifism, as many people mistakenly believe the word to represent an extreme and fanatical position. Specifically, they believe that anyone who calls himself a pacifist must allow himself to be punched without punching back, and must also support a foreign policy that allows the same.
The stakes are painfully high when we talk about gun violence: images of dead children on one side, rhetoric about the bloody tree of liberty on the other. The philosophy of pacifism has much insight to offer here, if we're willing to think more broadly about why we're deadlocked on this debate.