The twelfth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace contains former Vice President Henry Wallace’s 1946 essay Are We Only Paying Lip Service to Peace?. Wallace ran for President on the Progressive Party line in 1948 campaigning in support of integration, equal voting rights, single-payer universal healthcare, and peaceful relations with the Soviet Union.
Like Camus’ Neither Victims nor Executioners of the same year, Wallace is concerned that World War II allies — the US and USSR — were heading straight into a third world war. Possibly the first — and last — nuclear war. His views are fueled by US dollars being aimed at buying weapons rather than backing its words of peace. Continue reading Wallace’s Are We Only Paying Lip Service to Peace?
The ninth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace contains Dorothy Day‘s short 1942 essay Our Country Passes from Undeclared War to Declared War; We continue our Christian Pacifist Stand. This essay is the sequel to last week’s pre-WWII essay Pacifism.
From its title onward, the essay is directed to a Christian audience as it opens with “Dear fellow workers in Christ” The prior essay quoted the Pope. This essay quotes a priest named Father Orchard for 5 paragraphs.
This essay seems to refer to Christian imagery more to reassure Day herself of the righteous of her non-collaboration with the war efforts than to convince her audience. It is clear from the essay that Day’s work has suffered greatly from her pacifist stand in the face of overwhelming US support for entering the war: Continue reading Dorothy Day’s Christian Pacifist Stand against US entry into WWII