Pacifism as Pathology Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America

ISBN-10: 1904859186

ISBN-13: 9781904859185

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

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Description: "This extraordinarily important book cuts to the heart of one of the central reasons movements to bring about social and environmental justice always fail. The fundamental question here is: is violence ever an acceptable tool to help bring about social change? This is probably the most important question of our time, yet so often discussions around it fall into cliches and magical thinking: that somehow if we are merely good and nice enough people, the state will stop using its violence to exploit us all. Would that this were true."-Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame, from the introduction. Pacifism, the ideology of nonviolent political resistance, has been the norm among mainstream North American progressive groups for decades. But to what end? Ward Churchill challenges the pacifist movement's heralded victories-Gandhi in India, 1960s antiwar activists, even Martin Luther King's civil rights movement-suggesting that their success was in spite of, rather than because of, their nonviolent tactics. Pacifism as Pathology was written as a response not only to Churchill's frustration with his own activist experience, but also to a debate raging in the activist and academic communities. He argues that pacifism is in many ways counterrevolutionary; that it defends the status quo, and doesn't lead to social change. In these times of upheaval and global protest, this is a vital and extremely relevant book. Ward Churchill is a prolific writer and lecturer, having authored, co-authored, or edited over twenty books. He is a member of the leadership council of Colorado AIM (American Indian Movement).

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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: AK Press
Publication date: 4/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues. He is a Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a leading member of AIM, and the author of numerous books, including A Little Matter of Genocide , Struggle for the Land , and Fantasies of the Master Race .

by Mike Ryan

"For Diana Oughton"
Preface (to the 2007 edition)
Preface (to the 1998 Edition)
Introduction
Pacifism as Pathology: Notes on an American Psuedopraxis
On Ward Churchill's " Pacifism as Pathology:" Toward a Revolutionary Practice
Index
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