By John Howard Yoder
John Howard Yoder s vintage booklet first released in 1971, features a therapy of Jewish pacifism, bibliographies, an index, and 3 new appendixes: talking fact to strength, Quaker Political Witness; The Spectrum of Nonpacifist Postures; and Nonviolent nationwide protection choices. Yoder issues out assumptions, strengths, and shortcomings of every pacifist place. He brings readability to the many-sided conversations approximately peace, nonviolence, struggle, proliferation of fingers, and tool politics.
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But most of the time the reason neighbors live together in peace is not because there is a sheriff. Instead, as intelligent and mature human beings, most of them realize that it is usually in the interest of most of them to make reconciliation and mutual respect the foundation of their social relations. This understanding motivates them to keep the peace, even at the cost of some sacrifice and some accommodation. The Christians have further reason for peaceful living, and the pastor has further reasons for calling for peace, but these reasons generally coincide with the wholesome interest of the whole community.
6 "Nonviolence has never worked" is not a logically honest argument, when in fact it has never been tried. There has never been a serious mobilization for nonviolence, with planning, strategy thinking, and education like the military does, with budget for strategic studies and training, with investment in building skills and esprit de corps, and with readiness to sacrifice lives in the struggle. Let us measure by such a fair test, in proportion to the cost of military methods in preparation and in lives.
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