Why Pacifism Is Morally Indefensible

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Influenced by Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi is perhaps the first person to put the principles of nonviolence and non-cooperation into effect of a mass scale. Explaining this principle, in For Pacifists, he wrote;

The science of war leads one to dictatorship, pure and simple. The science of non-violence alone can lead one to pure democracy…Power based on love is thousand times more effective and permanent than power derived from fear of punishment….It is a blasphemy to say non-violence can be practiced only by individuals and never by nations which are composed of individuals…The nearest approach to purest anarchy would be a democracy based on non-violence…A society organized and run on the basis of complete non-violence would be the purest anarchy.Continue Reading

«Wir blei­ben alle!»

Von Flo­ri­an Wilde.

Es waren unge­fähr drei­hun­dert west­afri­ka­ni­sche Flücht­linge, die im Früh­jahr 2013 von Li­by­en kom­mend Ham­burg erreich­ten. Ihr Weg hatte sie nach einer gefähr­li­chen Über­fahrt über das Mit­tel­meer zu­nächst auf die ita­lie­ni­sche Insel Lam­pe­dusa ge­führt, nach der sich die Grup­pe in Ham­burg dann be­nann­te. In Ham­burg ange­kom­men, wei­ger­ten sich die Behör­den unter Ver­weis auf die EU-​Richt­li­ni­en, den Flücht­lin­gen eine dau­er­hafte Unter­kunft zur Ver­fü­gung zu stel­len und ver­such­ten, sie gleich wie­der aus der Stadt zu trei­ben. Doch die Flücht­linge woll­ten nicht wei­ter­zie­hen. Wohin denn auch? Sie ent­schie­den sich zu blei­ben, an die Öffent­lich­keit zu gehen und für ihre Rech­te zu kämp­fen. Sie stie­ßen dabei auf eine spon­tane Welle der Sym­pa­thie und Soli­da­ri­tät in Tei­len der Be­völ­ke­rung.Continue Reading

Syria, European Pseudo-Leftists, and Žižek

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I was a bit disappointed when I read Žižek’s article on Syria. It is true that the people in Syria have no excuse for not making a revolution, but compassion is a virtue. Maybe if “comrade” Žižek could’ve taken the time to scribble them a manual of “Revolution 101″ they could’ve been brought to their senses. Possibly a syllabus of recommended readings? Žižek has a lot to teach the people in Syria and Egypt. The European Left as a whole has much to share. I mean, Europe has been revolting for decades and the victories of the European Left are a source of global envy. Žižek himself has stood atop the barricades and put a stake in the heart of neoliberalism in his own country.Continue Reading