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By Ward Churchill, Michael Ryan, Ed Mead, Dylan Rodríguez

Argues that whereas the ideology of nonviolent political motion gives you that the tough realities of kingdom energy should be transcended via stable emotions and purity of objective, it really is actually a counter-revolutionary stream that defends and reinforces an analogous status-quo it claims to oppose. Churchill debunks the claims of old pacifist victories, and proposes how one can slash a lot of the fable, aroma of racism, and feel of privilege which mark the covert self-defeatism of mainstream dissident politics. an incredible intervention, meant to generate badly-needed debate concerning the factor within the revolutionary neighborhood

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On the matter of alchemy, at least as intended here, see Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians (New York: Stein and Day, 1964) pp. 62-90. 2. V. I. Lenin, State and Revolution (New York: International, 1932). 3. The tally of twentieth-century revolutions accomplished through nonviolent means is exactly zero (see the critique of the Gandhian "exception" in the section "An Essential Contradiction"). 4. , Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). 5. S.

140 From even this scanty profile, it is easy enough to discern that pacifism - far from being a praxis adequate to impel revolutionary change - assumes the configuration of a pathological illness when advanced as a political methodology. Given its deep-seated, superficially self-serving, and socially approved nature, it is likely to be an exceedingly difficult pathology to treat and a long term barrier to the formation of revolutionary consciousness/ action in the North America. Yet it is a barrier which must be overcome if revolutionary change is to occur, and for this reason, we turn to the questions of the nature of the role of nonviolent political action within a viable American transformative praxis, as well as preliminary formulation of a therapeutic approach to the pathology of pacifism.

A Therapeutic Approach to Pacifism A reversal of perspective is produced vis-a-vis adult consciousness: the historical becoming which prepared it was not before it, it is only for it; the time during which it progressed is no longer the time of its constitution, but a time which it constitutes . . such is the reply of critical thought to psychologism, sociologism and historicism. - Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1947 Pacifism as Pathology 93 The pervasiveness of "pacifism" within the ostensibly oppositional sectors of American society appear grounded more in a tightly intertwined complex of pathological characteristics than in some well thought through matrix of consciously held philosophical tenets.

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