has been defended as the necessary release for the depravity of human nature.
There is no depravity in human nature, but in the human artifice which distorts
it, and causes man to fear himself. Fear is the subconscious result of insufficient
self-realization. Self realization is the individual responsibility of every
man, and war is the result of shirking this responsibility by identifying the
self with the society, instead of identifying the society with the self. War
is the result of the inward conflict of a society, and the inward conflict of
a society is the result of the inward conflict of its individual members.
is attained when force given superfluous and destructive outward expression
is used in its own inward control. The real terms for peace are not settled
upon, but acted upon. The only valid peace movement is that which moves men
to outlaw war in their daily lives. The battlefront is right in front of us;
war begins where charity ends, and that is often in the home.
work is dedicated to the people of the world as a forcible and enforceable statement
of the causes and cures of war. It was written in the expectation that the mass
mind, so credulous to the well-phrased falsehood, will be as credulous to the
well-phrased truth. It was published anonymously, so that all may claim it as
their own insofar as they live its truth, and so many authors must remain nameless.
is man's violent diversion from his own self-division. It is the defense of
a society which, not having given human life sufficient dignity, dignifies taking
it; it is the defense of a society who's Institutions, having replaced individual
responsibility, assume that the individual is irresponsible, and so by means
of fear, seek to repress the depravity that fear itself creates.
is a disorder of enforced order within a society whose institutions, having
become their own end, are their own mutual reinforcement. The fear which allows
the individual to relinquish his responsibility to institutions is that which
allows him to defend their status quo with blind ferocity. Such fear allows
those who profit from the status quo to maintain the status quo by playing on
this fear in war games.
only unity of a society with discord within is discord without, and the emergency
dictatorship of the status quo for which this discord without is a pretext.
If gunfire cannot weld dissident elements, it can shoot them down.
the poor and the youth make soldiers and corpses of the first rank: the poor
because they desire what the rest of the society has; the youth because they
do not. The poor threaten the society as the embodiment of its false ideals
accepted, the youth as the embodiment of its true ideals forsaken. The first
to die defending their country from its enemies are those whom their country
has deemed the enemies of its status quo.
Church has become the spiritual institution which fails in its duty to correct
man's faith. The school has become the mental institution which conditions man
to depravity. The State has become the moral institution which exists for the
repression of man's depravity. The military has become the Amoral Institution
of the society which releases that depravity which the State so ineffectively
represses. The Economy has become the material institution which exploits man's
depravity. It is based on the premise that man's resources are limited, while
his desires are unlimited, and that the situation, by manipulation, can be kept
this way. The economy's most lucrative manufacture is the public opinion that
eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and eternal super-subsidizing of
armaments the price of eternal vigilance. The economy is the basic institution
of a society whose basic drive is material possession, for man strives to possess
matter when he does not possess what matters; material possession is an impoverished
substitute for self-possession.
enemy is a screen on which our own depravity is projected and enacted; not one
whom we defend ourselves against, but one whom we defend ourselves by. (That
which needs defending does not deserve it.)
has been defended as the greatest catalyst to man's ingenuity, since some of
his greatest technological breakthroughs have come during war. War is not the
greatest catalyst to man's ingenuity, but the greatest result; for men, to war,
have had to rationalize themselves into directing their creative power for destructive
ends - probably their own.
has been defended as that which defends the future freedom of our children,
when it is our children who die without freedom of choice, defending their future
freedom without their present freedom to live. War cannot be defended as the
defense of freedom, for life, which it destroys, is the essential freedom, without
which none other can exist.
has been defended as the defense of just causes. It is assumed that God will
be on the side of the just; but in war, there is only one side - the side of
destruction. All want God on their side, but who is on the side of God?
has for centuries been defended as the greatest means to end all wars. After
centuries of wars to end all wars, this defense is finally justified; with the
technology developed from centuries of wars to end all wars, this last century
has developed the war that can end all.
must come out from behind our barriers, reflecting the light of our common humanity,
and knowing that such naked light will not disclose the darkness of our natures,
but displace it; thus we shall reinforce, instead of our mutual wall, our mutual
will to peace. The fearful hatred which we do not feel we will not see in our
enemy, for the fearful hatred that he does not see in us he will not feel in
himself, and we need never use again the weapon of war. Trust, a calculated
risk, will bring forth good - uncalculated and incalculable.