pacifism

Non-Activity

"War and Peace" Scene of 1812 Patriotic war, by Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Public

From Wikipedia: "Non-Activity" is an 1893 article by Leo Tolstoy and also the term used to describe Tolstoy's form of anarchist and pacifist thought. This thinking of Tolsoty's was influenced by wuwei (無為, "inaction"), a Taoist concept of finding victory by withdrawing from action. Sometimes Tolstoy's "non-activity" is translated as "under-activity" and others have called it "non-violent non-cooperation." Online text from RevoltLib.com.

The First Step

Leo Tolstoy eating a vegetarian breakfast.

An 1891 work espousing complete nonviolence, stemming from vegetarianism, this essay was translated in 1909 by Aylmer Maud. Note that there are many "slightly altered" versions of this essay floating around, and it is nearly impossible to guarantee the exactness of this version, as it is not uncommon for an extra sentence to be added or removed depending on the publisher's agenda. Online text from RevoltLib.com.

No Justice, No Peace - Asad Haider

Asad Haider explores the concepts of peace and justice in the thought of Martin Luther King. This article was first published by Viewpoint Magazine.

Counterinsurgency: dousing the flames of Minneapolis

As people rise up against police violence and structural racism, what counterinsurgency techniques is the state deploying to attack and undermine the movement? This article by Peter Gelderloos was originally published by Roar Magazine.

Against Pacifism

Of the many utopian positions widespread in the left today, some of the most persistent – and misguided – are various manifestations of pacifism. At its core, this type of thinking can be reduced to a single fundamental assumption: that the atrocities of imperialist war can be overcome and allayed without the disappearance of class society.

Aristophanic pacifism

The late WILBUR BURTON’s article first appeared in the Autumn 1951 issue of Retort, the anarchist journal which used to be published at Bearsville, New York by Holley Cantine and Dachine Rainer, by whose kind permission it is reprinted.

Why pacifists aren't as bad as Peter Gelderloos says they are

Meme of Gandhi advocating for a nuclear strike to end humanity.

A critical review Peter Gelderloos' How Nonviolence Protects the State, a much-read but rarely analysed book.

How Nonviolence Protects the State - Peter Gelderloos

A text demonstrating how pacifism, far from being a neutral ideology actively supports state violence.