A short critique of pacifism

Sutherland, Keston (2003) A short critique of pacifism. Circulars: Poets, Artists and Critics Respond to U.S. Global Policy.

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Abstract

One benefit of the slow popularization of dialectical understanding is that fewer and fewer people are naive enough to go on claiming that living in a democracy means that they are free. We know that we are not. What passes for freedom is, we know only too well, a condition of relative civil liberation based on and expressed principally through the free consumption of commodities; the sham forms of political enfranchisement attendant on that free consumption are possible for us only because they are impossible for the masses of people who spend their lives in poverty and misery working to produce the commodities that we pick and choose. As popular political understanding becomes more dialectical, this fact becomes more and more obvious.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States) > JK0001 United States
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR0125 Relations to other literatures and countries
Depositing User: Keston Sutherland
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:21
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2012 11:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30913
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