Just One of Pacifism’s failings

I do not concur with the pacifist and pre-figurative notion that in order to construct a peaceful and non-violent future revolutionaries and radicals must practice non-violence in their organizing and activism. Non-state violence i.e. terrorism, and armed struggle emerge from injustice, from an economic system that necessarily creates and survives on varying degrees of injustice, suffering, and institutional violence directed at the vast majority of people. By arguing that non-state actors must practice non-violence in their opposition to the capitalist state and system, pacifists fail to apprehend the reason why our society is already so violent in the first place. It is the system, its dynamics and processes, and the social and political conditions which it generates that causes such immense violence. We are not going to build a society that is non-violent by just thinking nonviolence and then engaging in non-violent practices because that is simply not how our world became so violent in the first place.

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