Pacifism covers a spectrum of views, including the belief that international disputes can and should be peacefully resolved, calls for the abolition of the institutions of the military and war, opposition to any organization of society through governmental force (anarchist or libertarian pacifism), rejection of the use of physical violence to obtain political, economic or social goals, the obliteration of force, and opposition to violence under any circumstance, even defense of self and others.
From the United States Federal Government to the Sixteenth General Assembly of the United Nations a Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World:
FREEDOM FROM WAR
THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM
FOR GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT
IN A PEACEFUL WORLD
DISARMAMENT GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The over-all goal of the United States is a free, secure, and peaceful world of independent states adhering to common standards of justice and international conduct and subjecting the use of force to the rule of law; a world which has achieved general and complete disarmament under effective international control; and a world in which adjustment to change takes place in accordance with the principles of the United Nations.In order to make possible the achievement of that goal, the program sets forth the following specific objectives toward which nations should direct their efforts:
- The disbanding of all national armed forces and the prohibition of their reestablishment in any form whatsoever other than those required to preserve internal order and for contributions to a United Nations Peace Force;
- The elimination from national arsenals of all armaments, including all weapons of mass destruction and the means for their delivery, other than those required for a United Nations Peace Force and for maintaining internal order;
- The institution of effective means for the enforcement of international agreements, for the settlement of disputes, and for the maintenance of peace in accordance with the principles of the United Nations;
- The establishment and effective operation of an International Disarmament Organization within the framework of the United Nations to insure compliance at all times with all disarmament obligations.
TASK OF NEGOTIATING STATES
The negotiating states are called upon to develop the program into a detailed plan for general and complete disarmament and to continue their efforts without interruption until the whole program has been achieved. To this end, they are to seek the widest possible area of agreement at the earliest possible date. At the same time, and without prejudice to progress on the disarmament program, they are to seek agreement on those immediate measures that would contribute to the common security of nations and that could facilitate and form part of the total program.
*It should be enough to note that a single sociopath, armed with nothing more than a knife, could exterminate a city full of pacifists.
Emotional pacifism has been proven incapable of restraining nationalist ambition.
Pacifism is almost never branded as flagrantly immoral, which it is. While it can seem noble enough when the stakes are low, pacifism is ultimately nothing more than a willingness to die, and to let others die, at the pleasure of the world’s thugs.
Lastly. Is Peace the true end-all? Accepting peace as an absence of violence or war begs many questions. Do we really mean to equate a loving, cooperative, or just peace with a peace of bondage, slavery, or injustice? Do we mean to imply that because there is no conflict, the peace where no one dwells is the same as that among loving and cooperative neighbors? If absence of war is peace, then do we accept as peace a dictatorship’s use of mass executions, torture, and imprisonment to maintain order? Is peace the same between hostile states trembling on the edge of war and those with common values, bound by communications, trade, and aid, between whom violence is unthinkable? Is there not some relationship between peace and conflict, such that the conditions of peace or changes therein make conflict more or less likely? But if so, does this not imply that peace is an existing “something” to be analyzed, rather than a social vacuum?
Such questions imply a need for treating peace as some kind of existent, as is done in peace as a social contract.
As the Obama administration, full of progressive democrats (aka: Communists), complete their final time in office, look for them to pull everything from their bag of tricks to disarm and dis-empower the American people. We have gotten the government we deserve.
h/t: R. J. Rummel