Pacifism as Pathology

Pacifism as Pathology
Publisher: AK Press
By: Ward Churchill
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Pacifism as Pathology

Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America

By Ward Churchill


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—Ghandhi in India, 1960s anti-war 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, rather than leading to social change. In these times of upheaval and global protest, this is a vital and extremely relevant book.
Also includes a Preface from Ed Mead, former political prisoner and member of the George Jackson Brigade, and Mike Ryan's essay "On Ward Churchill's 'Pacifism as Pathology': Toward a Revolutionary Practice."

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.



228 pages

7.4 x 4.9 inches

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