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Pacifism

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Price Of Peace

What I would like to share with you is something very simple but also very difficult: simple things often are. It is an invitation to pay the price for peace. We all know that peace is an exceedingly high good. But for an exceedingly high good we should expect to have to pay an exceedingly high price.

By Brother David Steindl-Rast April 1986
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Warrior And The Militarist

A Discussion

To talk, as some do, about “making a world without war” when we’d be lucky to have a world without nuclear weapons, is talking hearsay and utopian theory. We can’t just talk peace, we have to be peace, or it’s another kind of bravado. I’d like a world without war; but we’d all settle for a world without wars that kill everything. — Gary Snyder

By Bira Almeida , Karin Epperlein , Richard Grossinger , Lindy Hough , Martin Inn , Gary Snyder & Richard Strozzi-Heckler April 1986
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

When The War-Father Appears

i can see the worst all right — the earth exploding in some climactic chain reaction and all of us going off sparking out at the same time and i think i am going to like it if it happens that way after all we’ll be learning something together something massive that we’ve been trying to understand for a while and in that final sparking and arcing of the earth’s blow-up we’ll finally get it we’ll understand

By Pat Ellis Taylor January 1985
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Sparrow In New York

“We’re asking people not to go to work today,” one of us said. “We’re asking people to protest nuclear weapons. Sit down with us.”

By Sparrow November 1982
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Peace Nigger’s Long March

A Pedestrian Journal

After quitting his job on public television last year, David Grant decided to maintain a month of silence. This journal was written during the last two weeks, when he travelled on foot, carrying a petition calling for military disarmament. His only companion was his goat, little Iowa, who carried provisions.

By David Grant August 1979