This is a new segment for KLYAM and like others of its kind (e.g. Songs of the week) I will attempt to post as often as I can, but I am not actually guaranteeing that it will appear as frequently as the title implies. Anyway, here’s the question:
Is violence ever an effective means to achieve social/political goals? When is it justified? When is it not justified? Where does one draw the lines? Are there any lines? Examples for/against?
The Weathermen or Weather Underground as they became were proponents of using violence to end the aggressive war in Vietnam.
David Dellinger, a committed pacifist, peacefully protested the war in Vietnam using active non-violence: civil disobedience, demonstrations, etc. This is a mugshot of him; he was imprisoned for refusing to serve in World War II.