Ward Churchill (enrolled Keetowah Cherokee) has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of aboriginal issues. He is a Professor of American Indian Studies, a leading member of AIM, and has also served as a delegate to the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations and as an advocate prosecutor for an international tribunal convened at the request of the Chiefs of Ontario to consider the rights of the indigenous peoples of Canada. He has written or edited fifteen books.
Pacifism As Pathology: Reflections On The Role Of Armed Struggle In North Americaby Ward Churchill
Pacifism, the ideology of nonviolent political resistance, has been the norm among mainstream North American progressive groups for decades. But to what end? Ward Churchill challenges the pacifist movement's heralded victories--Ghandhi in India, 1960s anti-war activists, even Martin Luther King's civil rights movement--suggesting that their success was in spite of, rather than because of, their nonviolent tactics. Pacifism as Pathology was written as a response not only to Churchill's frustration with his own activist experience, but also to a debate raging in the activist and academic communities. He argues that pacifism is in many ways counterrevolutionary; that it defends the status quo, rather than leading to social change. In these times of upheaval and global protest, this is a vital and extremely relevant book.
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Churchill explodes the cult of 'non-violent resistance' and exposes the extreme priviledge that (more often than not) underlies these ideals, as well as its futility. A good, informative read for any 'activist' type. A must read for anyone who markets themselves as 'progressive', 'anti-war,'and 'passive'.