Pacifism and Pathology in the Amercian Left

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This 2002 lecture by professor and outspoken activist Ward Churchill analyzes the liberal left and its approach to activism in post-9/11 American society. The main thrust of his argument is that activism - with its peace marches and prayer vigils - has been duped by the American police state into believing it's affecting change. As Churchill says, "I like lit candles in the night as much as anybody else. But it's never…been known to stop a bullet." While he doesn't directly advocate violence as a tactic for change, he does illustrate the effectiveness of the Black Panthers, and describes in detail just how quickly that organization was shut down by "the police state." ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
This 2002 lecture by professor and outspoken activist Ward Churchill analyzes the liberal left and its approach to activism in post-9/11 American society. The main thrust of his argument is that activism - with its peace marches and prayer vigils - has been duped by the American police state into believing it's affecting change. As Churchill says, "I like lit candles in the night as much as anybody else. But it's never…been known to stop a bullet." While he doesn't directly advocate violence as a tactic for change, he does illustrate the effectiveness of the Black Panthers, and describes in detail just how quickly that organization was shut down by "the police state." Obviously, Churchill is more one-sided than a cliff. His thoughts on 9/11 are particularly incendiary, and will no doubt offend anyone who isn't as far to the left as he is. But that's probably just how he wants it. Churchill has a dry, biting wit, and a voice that's like steel wool scratched on a microphone head. He often adjusts the rhythm of his words, or the tone of his voice for maximum effect, sounding authoritative, dismissive, or conversational to suit the subject. It's an engaging, provocative listen, no matter what your politics are.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • Label: Alternative Tentacle
  • UPC: 721616029826
  • Catalog Number: 298
  • Sales rank: 297,422

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Ward Churchill Primary Artist
Technical Credits
DJ Slo-Mo Producer, Engineer
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