Murray Polner, co-editor of We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, discusses his review of Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 on History News Network; a reminder of the British and American war resisters (Bertrand Russell, Eugene V. Debs) who despised the wanton slaughter of WWI; the very late posthumous pardon of British soldiers in 2006, who were executing for refusing to fight; why its hard to differentiate good and evil in a war between competing empires; the difficulty of dissent in wartime when heads of state and popular opinion are pro-war; and the wisdom of Harry Browne.
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Murray Polner, co-editor of We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, discusses the ritualistic paeans to militarism embedded in American sporting events, the curse of conservative and liberal hawks, the fickle and fleeting nature of American antiwar activism and how Randolph Bourneâ€™s refrain â€œWar is the health of the Stateâ€ has become a truism.