[hackerspaces] Sigh -- I'm not helping with Maker Faires this year.

Al Jigong Billings albill at openbuddha.com
Fri Apr 6 18:40:27 CEST 2012

Where did Mitch say anything about Pacifism, Mr. Straw Man? 

Al Jigong Billings

On Friday, April 6, 2012 at 2:38 AM, Walter van Holst wrote:

> On 2012-04-03 11:44, Mitch Altman wrote:
> > My main reason for making my decision public is to encourage public
> > discussion on this important topic. I'm glad it's working. We really
> > need to consciously make choices on what we do for money. In my mind,
> > it is not about the money. My hope is that we do what we do because 
> > we
> > are exploring and doing what we love (whatever that means to you!).
> > 
> While your personal decision is precisely that: your personal decision 
> and should be respected, I think most of this discussion has already 
> taken place. Several times over the past century. As food for thought I 
> recommend reading the following essay by George Orwell on this subject:
> http://www.orwell.ru/library/articles/pacifism/english/e_patw
> I think Orwell's insights as acquired during the horrible Spanish Civil 
> War do apply equally today.
> That does not mean that Eisenhower was not right on the 
> military-industrial complex. Just that pacifism is not the answer 
> because it can only exist by virtue of the existence of a strong 
> military. In that sense both an undue military-industrial complex and 
> pacifism are parasitic concepts to a society which is healthy in a 
> cultural, economical and political way. They are both extremes that can 
> only arise because of the existence of such a society and both have the 
> potential to facilitate the downfall of such a society.
> Regards,
> Walter
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