Syria: The Case for Western Intervention Considered

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Won’t Get Fooled Again. Pete Townsend. Pham Binh, a critical thoughtful activist that I’ve respected for a few years for his involvement in Occupy Wall Street and his challenges to ossified Marxist thought, has come out with an uncompromising defense of Western intervention against the Syrian government. […]

The Problem of “Vulgar” Pacifism

“When we look at societies via any monist theory, most dimensions of differences among people are reduced to peripheral concern.” Albert, Michael, et al. Liberating Therory I’ve been a pacifist since a child. I remember discussing the Vietnam War with my Pentecostal father during the election of 1972, when I was 9 years old. As an adult, […]

Peace, Love, & Revolution!

About a year ago I changed my email signature to “Peace, Love, & Revolution!” to reflect my radical views on social change, which I’d begun to try and articulate more thoroughly via this blog. Before that point, I’d just had “Peace!” as my tag. One of my pacifist friends asked me if “revolution” meant nonviolent […]

Humanitarian Intervention – Just War in the Name of Peace?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 2309, lists four strict conditions for “legitimate defense by military force”: the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain; all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective; […]

The Revolutionary Means: Radical Nonviolence

A basic assumption of a pacifist radical philosophy is that violence and warfare are not limited to the actions of established militaries and their enemies. Violence and warfare are pervasive in our world, from our workplaces to our living rooms to our houses of worship. Every systemic injustice in our world is an injustice in […]