A Faith-based Initiative

Knotted GunOkay—another article with the same basic gist I’ve been harping on this month. Nonviolence in statist discourse, etc… This time I take on Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr., in particular the latter’s 1967 speech at Riverside Church on Vietnam. Why can we still only celebrate King’s nonviolence in the civil rights movement but not his call to be nonviolent in southeast Asia?

Perhaps I’m missing something obvious.

Also here is the rhetorical choice that a state policy of nonviolence should be a decision of faith, a hope in the unseen, rather than just evidence-based bureaucratic computation. Of course, my DoNT project approaches the issue in the evidence-based (while also pretty silly) way. Can’t hurt to try both.

See the new article here.





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  1. […] a part in the politics promised by the Obama administration. Think, for instance, of Obama’s well-acknowledged debt to the nonviolent legacy of civil rights and his pragmatist penchant for constructing public truths out of […]