ED CURTIN—In 2007 the Catholic Church declared Jägerstätter a martyr and beatified him. The irony of making a saint out of a man whose spiritual witness was opposed by the institutional church authorities cannot be lost on a thinking person. Long dead, safely in his grave, a monument can be erected to his memory. [As, by official overpraise we also defanged the meaning and legacy of Martin Luther King.—Ed]
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ANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTHEROIC HISTORYReligion & SpiritualityRELIGIOSITY & SUPERSTITION
ANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTI-NEOLIBERALISMRACISM
DANNY HAIPHONG—There is a long-standing assumption that white liberalism is the lesser evil to the more fascistic forces that exist in U.S. society. Trump’s victory in the presidential election of 2016 has only intensified the strength of this assumption. At the same time, Trump’s first term as president has exposed how the dangers of white liberal fragility are far reaching and reflect the core rot of U.S. imperialism. White liberalism and its state organ, the Democratic Party, have participated in the decades-long assault on the living standards of workers and oppressed people.
ACTIVISTS & HEROESAMERICAN STUDIESANIMAL MARTYRDOMANTI-CORPORATISMANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTIWAR
PATRICE GREANVILLE—Joaquin Phoenix’s seemingly impromptu and brave Oscar speech was way above and beyond the pampered audience’s comfort zone and comprehension, clearly outside the usual insufferably egocentric drivel delivered by most award recipients, and yet they eventually rose to their feet, perhaps dimly aware of the depth and scope of the message, something that the media custodians of the status quo studiously failed to do. Their almost uniform response has ranged from outright scorn—as typified by the venom spat by the repulsive Murdoch rag, The New York Post—to hollowing out exactly all the major and substantive points in Phoenix’s clear expression of personal beliefs.
AMERICAN DUPLICITYANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTI-NEOLIBERALISMCANADA
MATTHEW JL EHRET—Although Trump’s speech characterized Iran as a “major supporter of terrorism” and Gen. Soleimani as a “top terrorist”, his assertion that a common interest exists between the USA and Iran in the combat of ISIS is a spectacular break from the neocon agenda. This break is also one of many in a long line of internal struggles emanating from the corridors of American power in the days since Soleimani’s murder.
ABOMINATIONSAMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMANTI-MILITARISM & PACIFISTANTIWAR
As expected, the corporate media and many politicians are spreading lies to justify the murders and further aggression towards Iran. It is important for us to understand the facts so we can respond to this misinformation and avoid being lied into yet another war.