Category Archives: The New Peace Movement

Hilary Putnam: compassion and questioning as a guide to life

[Editor’s note: Mathematician and philosopher Hilary Putnam died last month. Dr. Putnam was an open critic of the Vietnam war. His fields of knowledge so wide ranging and eclectic, they deserve an obituary equally so. Below is Alan Gilbert’s essay … Continue reading

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Maybe We DO Have the Authority to Stop War

by Joe Scarry After J.M.W. Turner, Fishing Boats with Hucksters Bargaining for Fish (Sketch by Joe Scarry) Cleaning house, I found this sketch I made at the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s a Turner painting of a roiling sea. I … Continue reading

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Maya Lin: Separating Grief from Glory

by Joe Scarry Maya Lin’s Design Sketch for Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1981. (More images here.) The post I intended to write was a riff on something I read in The Concise Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone … Continue reading

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An Antiwar Thought Experiment: Swing the Swing States?

by Joe Scarry There’s no time like the present — i.e. as the US stares down the throat of a possible Trump presidency — to tee up an electoral thought experiment. Now I understand antiwar people have totally lost faith … Continue reading

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In 2016, Walk the Talk: “Anti-Islamophobia.” (You can do it.)

by Joe Scarry December 6, 2015 — This week, American Jews are participating in a series of nationally coordinated actions against Islamophobia and racism to mark the eight days of Chanukah with a rekindling of their commitment to justice. (See … Continue reading

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Drones: We Need Debate, Not Sound Bites

by Joe Scarry It’s an election year in the US. National security is becoming a top issue. Everyone’s talking about ISIS, and terrorism. The evolving US militarism is bubbling just below the surface. Okay: let’s put the question on the … Continue reading

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Why Are These Military Experts Saying CUT CUT CUT Nukes?

by Joe Scarry I was shocked by this sentence in The New York Times four years ago: “The Pentagon has now told the public, for the first time, precisely how many nuclear weapons the United States has in its arsenal: 5,113. … Continue reading

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