Pacifism and Pathology In the American Left
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||Introduction||Ward Churchill||1:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pacifism As Pathology||Ward Churchill||2:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Power Already Knows the Truth||Ward Churchill||4:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The State Loves a Parade||Ward Churchill||9:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Blaming the Victims||Ward Churchill||4:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Do Not Foreclose Any Tactical Option||Ward Churchill||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Privilege Breeds Delusion||Ward Churchill||5:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Eichmann Investments, Top Floor||Ward Churchill||6:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Anti-Terrorism Backlash||Ward Churchill||6:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Price They Pay||Ward Churchill||8:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ends and Means||Ward Churchill||7:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Movement Examples||Ward Churchill||4:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Solidarity||Ward Churchill||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||No Pain, No Gain||Ward Churchill||6:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Exemption Is Over||Ward Churchill||4:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It's Been Real||Ward Churchill||0:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
This 2002 lecture by professor and outspoken activist Ward Churchill analyzes the liberal left and its approach to activism in post-9/11 American society. The main thrust of his argument is that activism - with its peace marches and prayer vigils - has been duped by the American police state into believing it's affecting change. As Churchill says, "I like lit candles in the night as much as anybody else. But it's never…been known to stop a bullet." While he doesn't directly advocate violence as a tactic for change, he does illustrate the effectiveness of the Black Panthers, and describes in detail just how quickly that organization was shut down by "the police state."
Obviously, Churchill is more one-sided than a cliff. His thoughts on 9/11 are particularly incendiary, and will no doubt offend anyone who isn't as far to the left as he is. But that's probably just how he wants it. Churchill has a dry, biting wit, and a voice that's like steel wool scratched on a microphone head. He often adjusts the rhythm of his words, or the tone of his voice for maximum effect, sounding authoritative, dismissive, or conversational to suit the subject. It's an engaging, provocative listen, no matter what your politics are.
Genre: Spoken Word
Years Active: '00s