...i've been thinking about some of the literature i've had the time to study, as of late.
i want to present to you, a quote:
"Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. IF you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, he that is not with me is against me."
...sounds hawkish, yes? Maybe the words of a warmonger? An American general? And yet, these are the words of none other than George Orwell - yes, that George Orwell - in the context of the British debate over pacifistic appeasement with the Nazis, prior to the outbreak of World War II.
When you look at the quote, at its face value, it is objectively true.
And that rankles me. i am someone who really, really believes in peace.
And yet, have i not found myself in conflict, when i have felt the rights of those i care about are injured? Have i not found myself the rebel, here on the internet, and in real life, despite my preference for peace and quiet?
i speak not only of the present times, though surely this quote is as applicable today as it ever has been.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.