A.J. Muste: What Would Pacifists Have Done About Hitler? A Discussion Of War Dictators And Pacifism



How do you stop a mad dog dictator By shooting im and Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, his followers This pamphlet argues that violenceas not solved the problem in the past Has in fact backfired against usDecent people are many and mad dogs are few Then why do so many decent people follow mad dog dictators Because of the awful abit of obedience says Muste who calls for civil disobedience on a grand scale Nonviolent resistance along Gandhian lines This pamphlet is about prevention than cure but does mention Hitler and the difficulties which the Nazis ad with the Resistance often mainly nonviolent in France the Low Countries Denmark Norway Muste suggests what pacifists might ave done about Hitler but does not guarantee results Who could He discusses various. This scarce antiuarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original Due to its age it may contain imperfections such as marks notations.

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Smantling them would make us safer This pamphlet is a bit dated in its concern with Stalinism and the Cold War but its principles still apply It offers sane and sensible solutions that look a lot like the Golden Rule but don t expect to see them put into play any time soon They would reuire courage imagination wisdom selflessness far beyond what we are accustomed to seeing in our decision makers who would think Muste s program impractical even na ve But if is program could somehow be implemented peace just might break out How practical would that beNotice that I am calling this a pamphlet It is described as a 48 page book but is in fact a 19 page pamphlet presented as a book It is 19 pages of wisdom plus 29 pages empty of conten. R protecting preserving and promoting the world's literature in affordable igh uality modern editions that are true to the original wo.

Provocations of the Western world that breed desperation and extremism in others expansionism economic imbalances and the defense complex And calls for global co operation umanitarian aid all out friendliness good will wealth sharing Muste likes to reverse positions to show that the perceived enemy is really not so very different from us Suppose On the First Night of Christmas he did what we do How would we like it This pamphlet is an exhortation to think not fight our way out of our conflicts To recognize the law of cause and effect Toave the courage to act unilaterally in the expectation that the other guy will notice and respond in kind Muste argues that our armaments are not protecting us that they are increasing tensions and making things worse That di. Marginalia and flawed pages Because we believe this work is culturally important we ave made it available as part of our commitment fo.

Abraham Johannes Muste was born in the Netherlands in 1885 and came to America at age six years Grew up in Michigan Ordained a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in 1909 Graduated from Union Theological Seminary in 1913 A pacifist he opposed US entry into both world wars Director of Brookwood Labor College in Massachusetts during the 1920s Later executive director of the FOR Fellow