Anti-War Movement

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Action Will Be Taken: Left Anti-Intellectualism and Its Discontents
Featherstone, Liza; Henwood, Doug; Parenti, Christian
Article
2004
Marxism's decline isn't just an intellectual concern -- it too has practical effects. If you lack any serious understanding of how capitalism works, then it's easy to delude yourself into thinking tha...
Anti-War Movement's Strange Allies: Hard Line Islamists: Canada's progressive Muslims wonder why left would embrace theocrats
Glavin, Terry
Article
2006
Canada's anti-war movement has become not only the primary vehicle for an obscure, formerly left-wing group that attacks anyone who opposes Shariah courts in Canada, it's also now the main source of p...
Antiwar Activism and Emerging Feminism in the Late 1960s: The Times They Were A'Changing: Against The Current vol. 85
Tischler, Barbara L.
Article
2000
The efforts of women to end the war in Vietnam have been subsumed into a paradigm that suggests that, some time in the late 1960s, women activists left the antiwar struggle for the new feminist cause,...
Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left: Why Humanitarian Interventionism is a Dead End
Bricmont, Jean
Article
2012
Ever since the 1990s, and especially since the Kosovo war in 1999, anyone who opposes armed interventions by Western powers and NATO has to confront what may be called an anti-anti-war left (including...
Can Soldiers Resist?: Against The Current vol. 133
Franco, Nate
Article
2008
Interviews with Tod Ensign and Phil Aliff.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
The Case for Staying in Iraq: Against The Current vol. 122
Baldock, Kate
Article
2006
I don't support an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, because I think it would probably make an already bad situation much worse. Of course, there's no guarantee that continuing the occupation will...
The Catonsville Nine: Connexipedia Article
Article
Nine Catholic activists who burned draft files in 1968 to protest the Vietnam War.
Neil Chacker, 1942-2004: Against The Current vol. 113
Finkel, David
Article
2004
During the Vietnam war, one Colonel Reberry at Fort Lewis, Washington, posted a threatening notice forbidding the distribution of material that would promote "disloyalty and discontent." A response s...
Coming Home to the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Thompson, Wendy
Article
2008
I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my gra...
A Comment on Antiwar Strategy: Against The Current vol. 153
Finkel, David
Article
2011
The debate among antiwar activists on the necessity and movement-building effectiveness of mass demonstrations has been ongoing since the mid-1960s during the Vietnam War, and is not likely to be sett...
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
The Cynicism and the Slaughter
Article
1999
IMPEACHMENT. BOMBING. ELECTION. Impeachment. Bombing. Perhaps by now, the scandal-witchhunt-Cruise missile cycle has become so predictable that it's hard to respond with appropriate outrage to th...
Democracy is in the Streets: From Port Huron to the Siege of Chicago
Miller, James
Book
1987
A thoughtful and evocative history of the American New Left in the 1960's, looking critically but sympathetically at the struggles and passions of that period.
Either Or
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1916
It is a question of either-or! Either we nakedly and shamelessly betray the International or we take the International in deadly seriousness and attempt to extend it into a firm stronghold, a bulwark,...
Fighting Subpoenas and Gag Orders in Iowa: Against The Current vol. 110
Omidvar, Iraj
Article
2004
More than two months have passed since federal officials withdrew the grand jury subpoenas against four peace activists and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The withdrawal of the subpoenas and th...
Fragging: Connexipedia Article
Article
The assassination of an unpopular officer by members of his own unit.
Goodman, Paul: Connexipedia Article
Article
American sociologist, poet, writer, anarchist, social critic, and public intellectual. (1911-1972).
Hervé, Gustave - Writings - Index
Hervé, Gustave
Article
Writings of Gustave Hervé (1871-1944).
Imperial Crusades: Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia: A Diary of Three Wars
Cockburn, Alexander; St. Clair, Jeffrey
Book
2004
Iraq was just one of three major imperial crusades in the decade after 1992, orchestrated by a new generation of American politicians, both Democrat and Republican, who backed pre-emptive strikes to o...
Interview with Gilbert Achcar: Against The Current vol. 122
Weissman, Susan
Article
2006
On the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Susan Weissman interviewed Gilbert Achcar for her program, "Beneath the Surface," on KPFK, Pacifica radio in Los Angeles. In the following excerpt, A...
Investigation of a Flame
Sachs, Lynne (director)
Film/Video
2003
Investigation of a Flame is a 2001 documentary by Lynne Sachs about the Catonsville Nine, nine Catholic activists who became known for their May 17, 1968 nonviolent act of civil disobedience in burnin...
Jeff Sharlet (activist): Wikipedia article
Article
2016
Jeff Sharlet (1942–1969), a Vietnam veteran, was a leader of the GI resistance movement during the Vietnam War and the founding editor of Vietnam GI.
The Junius Pamphlet: The Crisis of Social Democracy
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1916
The voting of war credits in August 1914 was a shattering moment in the life of individual socialists and of the socialist movement in Europe. Those who had worked for, and wholly believed in the abil...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume 5: War & Revolution
Draper, Hal; Haberkern, E.
Book
2005
The subject of this volume is Marx and Engels' views on the relation between war and revolution. Its thesis is that, over the course of decades, their views on this question changed -- evolved is a be...
The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited by Georg Adler, Peter Hudis, and Annelies Laschitza)
Book
1990
Blending a passionate sensibility and a steely intellect with an unshakeable commitment to revolutionary socialism, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the towering figures of the twentieth century. In this comp...
Liberal Antiwar Activism is the Problem
Emanuele, Vincent
Article
2016
Every election season, veterans and their families are used as political pawns. During the Democratic National Convention in Philly, the Khans, the mother and father of a Marine Captain who was killed...
Liebknecht, Karl - Writings - Index
Liebknecht, Karl
Article
Writings of Karl Liebknecht (1871-1919).
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global
Mason, Paul
Book
2010
Mason realtes a series of struggles for worker and human rights over the past two hundred years and compares them to current struggles.
Long March, Short Spring: The Student Uprising at Home and Abroad
Ehrenreich, Barbara, Ehrenreich, John
Book
1969
An examination of the world student rebellions of the late 1960s.
Long Way From Home: The story of the Sixties generation in Canada
Kostash, Myrna
Book
1980
An account of the upheavals and transformations experienced by those who came of age in the 1960s, a time when international currents of change intersected with specifically Canadian events and circum...
Luxemburg, Rosa - Writings - Index
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919).
Machismo and Its Discontents: Against The Current vol. 134
Ferguson, Ann
Article
2008
The one clear memory I have of 1968 (as opposed to all those other antiwar and pro-civil rights struggles in which I was engaged in the 1960s and ‘70s) is that I was a member of a faculty ad-hoc group...
Mainstream News And USA's Heroics In Vietnam: Why The Silence About The 7 Million Dead?
Janson, Jay
Article
2017
An account of the media's role in suppressing information about US military actions in Indochina from the 1940s and onward, and how the same tactics persist in the present.
Making the Abolition of War a Realistic Goal
Sharp, Gene
Article
1980
This popular essay provides a brief introduction to civilian-based defense, a policy in which civilians are prepared to use nonviolent resistance as a means of national defense.
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Martial Matters
Cahill, Rowan
Article
2012
A selection of commentaries on Australian martial experience at radical odds with mainstream Australian histories.
Mayday: The Case for Civil Disobedience
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1971
Chomsky addresses the expected "cooling" of the Student Movement in light of negative reviews of the May Day demonstration. He analyzes this cooling as a key factor in US strategy, especially in relat...
Michael Berg for U.S. Congress in Delaware: A Voice Against War: Against The Current vol. 124
Horowitz, Roger
Article
2006
On June 8 Americans awoke to the news that the U.S. military in Iraq had killed Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, alleged leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. In the midst of press coverage that cravenly accepted governme...
Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam: Connexipedia Article
Article
A large demonstration against the United States involvement in the Vietnam War that took place across the United States on October 15, 1969.
My 1968 in the Heartland: Against The Current vol. 133
Ezekiel, Judith
Article
2008
“Ezekiel's brother got arrested. He’s a Communist!”
Never Be A Soldier
Debs, Eugene Victor
Article
1998
[This classic, written in 1915, was one of numerous leaflets by Socialist Party leader Debs opposing World War I. His opponents sent co pies of this and other antiwar statements by Debs to the U.S. At...
The New Left: A Collection of Essays
Long, Priscilla (ed.), Introduction by Staughton Lynd
Book
1969
Essays from participants in the American New Left of the 1960s.
No Ban! No Wall! No War?
Moser, Richard
Article
2017
The corporate media avoids connecting our wars to Trump's ban because war and empire is a matter of agreement among the political elites, an elite that the corporate media is very much a part of.
100 years ago: Two calls to struggle against the world war
Riddell, John
Article
2014
Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, 100 years ago, two Russian socialist leaders, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky, published antiwar manifestos that greatly influenced the international soc...
One Woman Army: The Life of Claire Culhane
Lowe, Mick
Book
1992
A biography of Claire Culhane, member of the Canadian Communist Party, crusader for prison abolition, and peace activist opposed to the Vietnam war.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 5, 2015: Utopia
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Utopian visions, be they practical or not, free our imaginations, if only for a little while, from the daily grind of struggle and worry, and allow us to dream about the kind of world we would hope to...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 22, 2017: Disobedience
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Ultimately all power structures depend on the obedience of those over whom they rule. It helps if people believe in the legitimacy of those who wield power, but the crucial thing is obedience. Once pe...
The Party: Volume 1: The Sixties, A Political Memoir: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988
Sheppard, Barry
Book
2005
Barry Sheppard was a member of the US Socialist Workers Party for 28 years, and a central leader for most of that time. This is the first of two volumes recounting his life in the party.
A People's History of Science
Connor, Clifford
Book
Connor focuses on the contributions of ordinary people living in ordinary times and the social and political history in which they lived. Spanning the time from the hunter-gatherers to the information...
A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World
Dear, John
Book
2007
Jesuit priest John Dear ministers to the needy at the margins of society. He is a pacifist and anti-war activist who has spoken out against the Pentagon and the wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq. His vi...
The Power of Women United: Against The Current vol. 134
Dawson, Kipp
Article
2008
Interview with Kipp Dawson.
Press for Conversion #41: July 2000
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2000
Rebuilding the Antiwar Movement: Against The Current vol. 152
Bloom, Steve; Goodwin, Dayne
Article
2011
First, thanks to David Grosser for starting an important discussion. However, as two socialists who have been involved in antiwar organizing, we think the problem is more complex than he suggests. Fur...
Reflections on a Political Trial
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1968
In wake of the sentencing of 4 of the 5 men on trial for illegal activities against the draft, Chomsky explores the details of the so-called "Spock" case as well as its meaning for both the "peace mov...
A Rejoinder on Antiwar Strategy: Against The Current vol. 153
Grosser, David
Article
2011
Let me first restate as concisely as I can the main points of my essay “A New Strategy for Antiwar Organizing: Going Where the Millions Are”.
Remembering the War and the Movement: Against The Current vol. 90
Drucker, Peter
Article
2001
February 28, 1991. Thinking that weeks of war and antiwar organizing were still ahead (not my only mistake during those months!), I took a Canadian vacation at the end of February 1991 with my lover C...
Report from Winter Soldier: Against The Current vol. 134
Brower, Elaine
Article
2008
On Friday, Day 2, testimony began at 9 AM with a panel about the "Rules of Engagement". Speakers from the Army and Marine Corps recounted the atrocities that they not only witnessed but participated i...
Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War
Dancis, Bruce
Book
2014
An insider's account of the antiwar and student protest movements of the sixties and a look at the prison experiences of Vietnam-era draft resisters.
Responding to capitalist disaster, in 1914 and today
Riddell, John
Article
2014
World War I began 100 years ago. Today's ecosocialist movement has much to learn from the revolutionaries who campaigned to stop that catastrophe.
Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays by Dave Dellinger
Dellinger, Dave
Book
1970
Dellinger says that "those of us who oppose the violence of the status quo and reject the violence of armed revolt and class hatred bear a heavy responsibility to struggle existentially to provdew non...
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
SDS
Sale, Kirkpatrick
Book
1973
The rise and development of the Students for a Democratic Society, the organization that became the major expression of the American left in the 1960s -- its passage from student protest to institutio...
Shirkers and Conchies: How Governments Tried to Silence WWI Resisters
Gee, Tim
Article
2014
Peace activists faced enemy treatment but left a legacy of perserverance, writes Tim Gee.
Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance during the Vietnam War
Cortright, David
Book
A definitive account of GI resistance in the Vietnam War. With an introduction by Howard Zinn.
Storming Heaven: 1968 Revisted
Ali, Tariq
Article
2008
The eruptions of 1968 challenged the power structures north and south, east and west. Countries in each continent were infected with the desire for change. Hope reigned supreme.
The story of the GI coffeehouses
Ruder, Eric
Article
2007
Examining the rise of the GI coffeehouse movement--during the Vietnam War and again today in protest of the war on Iraq.
The strange death of the antiwar movement
Van Auken, Bill
Article
2015
After over 14 years of unending US wars of aggression waged in the name of fighting terrorism, humanitarian intervention and promoting "democracy," the threat posed to mankind by the eruption of Ameri...
A Strategy for Antiwar Organizing
Grosser, David
Article
2011
There is a paradox here: The organized antiwar movement’s effectiveness has declined, even while public opinion polls showed that antiwar sentiment among the public as a whole has grown steadily. A mo...
SUPA - Student Union for Peace Action: Connexipedia Article
Stevenson, William
Article
2010
A Canadian student organization active from 1964 to 1967.
"Sure, Stick It In": Who Will Organize the Organizers?
McConnell, Alan
Article
2009
One has to recognize when the movement is all there, ready to go, and just needs a little impetus.
A Time for Learning: Against The Current vol. 133
Slaughter, Jane
Article
2008
I don't recall being aware of the events in France in May-June 1968. I was in college, beginning to get radicalized on several fronts, notably the war. Something called the “Free University” was start...
Uncovering the Sixties: Life and Times of the Undergound Press
Peck, Abe
Book
1985
A book about the Sixties and how they were recorded by radical participants. It traces how movements and communities convinced that their news did not fit into the agenda of mainstream media covered t...
The U.S. Military Under Stress: Against The Current vol. 112
Ensign, Todd
Article
2004
John Kerry's campaign tome should dispel any illusion that he has any significant differences with George Bush on the aggressive use of the U.S. military to defend the empire.
Vietnam Veterans Against the War: Connexipedia Article
Article
A national veterans' organization.
The War Is Over (song): Connexipedia Article
Article
An anti-war song by Phil Ochs.
Weatherman
Jacobs, Harold
Book
1971
A history of the Weatherman organization.
When Soldiers Resist
Fanning, Rory
Article
2016
Let's remember the courageous war resisters who said no to the slaughter in Vietnam.
Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?: War, Sunny Side Up, and the Summer of Slaughter (Vietnam and Today)
Englehardt, Tom
Article
2015
Let me tell you a story about a moment in my life I'm not likely to forget even if, with the passage of years, so much around it has grown fuzzy. It involves a broken-down TV, movies from my childhood...
Where has all the rage gone?
Ali, Tariq
Article
2008
In 1968, fury at the Vietnam war sparked protests and uprisings across the world: from Paris and Prague to Mexico. Tariq Ali considers the legacy 40 years on.
Winter Soldier 2008: Against The Current vol. 134
Franco, Nate; Feeley, Dianne
Article
2008
More than 250 veterans and military families gathered from March 13-15 outside Washington, DC for the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) Winter Soldier Investigation: Iraq and Afghanistan. Videos of...
You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A personal history of our times
Zinn, Howard
Book
1994
Zinn tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war.

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Against the Current
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Antiwar.com
Libertarian-capitalist site opposed to imperialism and war, with extensive news and analysis.
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
COAT is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX '89, which was the country's largest weapons bazaar. COAT has continued to ...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
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Writings on politics, culture, and sport.
Workers Solidarity Alliance
Workers Solidarity Alliance is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian organization of activists who believe that working people can build a new society and a better world based on the principles of so...

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Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade
COAT is a national network of individuals and organizations in Canada that began in late 1988 to organize opposition to ARMX '89, which was the country's largest weapons bazaar. COAT has continued to expose and oppose Canada's rol...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
United Nations
The United Nations is central to global efforts to solve problems that challenge humanity. Cooperating in this effort are more than 30 affiliated organizations, known together as the UN system. Day in and day out, the UN and its f...

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Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 15, 2016
Lurching to War
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
2016
The risk of nuclear war is as great now as it was at the height of the Cold War. From the time the Warsaw Pact dissolved itself and the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States has single-mindedly pu...

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Against the Current
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Bi-monthly magazine oriented toward movements for social and economic justice; radical, socialist and feminist in orientation.
Antiwar.com
Website
Libertarian-capitalist site opposed to imperialism and war, with extensive news and analysis.