The Downside of Using Violent Means for Charitable Ends

Here are a couple of encouraging signs that the American anti-war movement might be coming back to life:

  • A large coalition of anti-war groups are coordinating “a powerful and sustained nonviolent resistance” campaign beginning in in Washington, D.C.. Under this umbrella you’ll find groups like ANSWER, CodePink, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Progressive Democrats of America, Veterans for Peace, and World Can’t Wait, and participants like Ann Wright, Bill Moyer, Chris Hedges, Cornel West, Cynthia McKinney, Dave Rovics, Derrick Jensen, Jodie Evans, Kevin Zeese, Medea Benjamin, Mike Ferner, Michael Lerner, and Ted Rall.
  • Meanwhile, the Come Home, America coalition is trying to make anti-war isolationism respectable again by coalescing a set of anti-war groups from across the American political spectrum around a call to bring American troops home from unsavory foreign wars. “Signers include advisers to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton; former presidential candidates of the Libertarian, Socialist, and Green parties, as well as an independent, Ralph Nader; representatives of think tanks such as the Institute for Policy Studies, the Independent Institute, the Future of Freedom Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and Just Foreign Policy have signed on. And editors from a wide range of publications, including The American Conservative, Antiwar.com, Black Agenda Report, Black Commentator, FireDogLake.com, Liberty for All, Liberty for America, OpEdNews.com, The Progressive, Progressive Review, Raw Story, and Reason have all signed on.”
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