Pacifism for Whom? An Ode to the God of War

NR_STARBy: Gustavo Aguiar – translated by Jafe Arnold 

Pacifism for Whom? An Ode to the God of War

italian-priest-communion-english-soldiers“Only the dead have seen the end of war” – Plato 

502377n the 1960’s, at the height of the hippie movement and amidst protests against the Vietnam War, a new type of man emerged: the pacifist man whose anti-militant, progressive and social democratic spirit (with crisp Trotskyist tears) served as the cement for consolidating a redefinition of the revolutionary status established by the old proletarian left of the 19th century. Far from intending to justify the war crimes perpetrated by Yankee detachments in North Vietnamese villages and towns, or the negligible goals that led Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon to deploy tanks and helicopters on the plains of Indo-China, this paper aims to show the way in which the mentality of the New Left eventually engenders thought that is diametrically opposite…

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