Contents of No. 14
|Disobedience and the new pacifism||Nicolas Walter||97|
|The state and society||Colin Ward||115|
|Gandhi on the theory of voluntary servitude||Gene Sharp||120|
|Cover by||Rufus Segar|
If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose. If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be as violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is in fact the definition of a peaceful revolution, if any such is possible. If the tax-gatherer or any other public officer asks me, as one has done, “But what shall I do?” my answer is, “If you really wish to do anything, resign your office.” When the subject has refused allegiance, and the officer has resigned his office, then the revolution is accomplished. But suppose blood should flow. Is there not a sort of blood shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a man’s real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death. I see this blood flowing now.
- Henry David Thoreau: “Resistance to Civil Government”, 1848
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