The eighth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace contains Dorothy Day‘s short 1936 essay Pacifism. This essay was written three years after she co-founded the pacifist Catholic Worker newspaper, and two years after Hitler was appointed Fuhrer.
Just as the newspaper was founded in response to the constant threat of war breaking out in Europe, the essay made a direct argument against US involvement in European military matters. She starts the essay with a pronouncement:
The Catholic Worker is sincerely a pacifist paper.
Continue reading Dorothy Day’s Pacifism
The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace provides us with the Peace Book Chapter of the Week. You might have noticed this a slightly different concept. Duke Augustus is paring down the Book of the Week to just a chapter to make it more interactive. We hope that you will join in a discussion of the book as we move through it together chapter-by-chapter. Please post your thoughts, reactions, comments, corrections and additions to the comment section of each of these posts.
War is terrorism,
magnified a hundred times.
Normally, Duke Augustus would give an introduction a cursory discussion, and begin the first discussion of the book, but when the Introduction is written by the late Howard Zinn attention must be paid. Zinn is primarily know as a historian whose best selling A People’s History of the United States is an antidote to the sanitized grade school history. Duke Augustus is particularly partial to the graphic novel adaption, A People’s History of American Empire. Zinn’s Introduction to The Power of Nonviolence is even more important to discuss considering that the opening lines are so amazingly timely: Continue reading Power of Nonviolence Zinn-troduction: Peace Book Chapter of the Week 9/12/11