Author: Ted Grimsrud

Pacifism in America, part seven: A pacifist agenda

Ted Grimsrud—June 19, 2019 Escaping war’s long shadow Past American wars, especially World War II and its long shadow, have played a central role in the expansion and hegemony of our National Security State. The domination of the institutions of militarism and the ideology of necessary violence seem nearly irresistible. The strength of the current … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part seven: A pacifist agenda

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Pacifism in America, part six: Peacebuilding and civil society

Ted Grimsrud—June 17, 2019 Efforts to resist racism and nuclearism show how deeply entrenched these problems are in the U.S. Powerful efforts that mobilized thousands upon thousands of people who sought change brought only grudging and fragile improvements. In the case of both sets of issues, the gains sadly were followed by losses and our … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part six: Peacebuilding and civil society

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Pacifism in America, part five: Opposing nukes and the Vietnam War

Ted Grimsrud—June 12, 2019 Pacifists in the United States in the mid-20th century sought to influence the world toward a more peaceable future following the massive destruction of World War II. We saw in Part Four of this series how this work took the form of widespread service work. In this post, we will look … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part five: Opposing nukes and the Vietnam War

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Pacifism in America, part four: Pacifism in the Civil Rights Movement

Ted Grimsrud—June 7, 2019 The 20th century has accurately been called the century of total war. The massive death and destruction visited upon the people of the world especially in the first half of that century (with the constant threat of exponentially more death and destruction with the possibility of nuclear war) obliterated the basic … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part four: Pacifism in the Civil Rights Movement

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Pacifism in America, part three: Making peace through service

Ted Grimsrud—June 5, 2019  The resilient response to World War II by those few who retained their pacifist commitments insured that when the war finally ended, there would be peacemakers to devote themselves to overcoming the effects of the massive violence. As we will see, these efforts often took the shape of nonviolent direct action … Continue reading Pacifism in America, part three: Making peace through service

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