Scott Horton Interviews Murray Polner

Scott Horton, February 12, 2010

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Murray Polner, co-editor of We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, discusses the ritualistic paeans to militarism embedded in American sporting events, the curse of conservative and liberal hawks, the fickle and fleeting nature of American antiwar activism and how Randolph Bourne‘s refrain “War is the health of the State” has become a truism.

MP3 here. (20:26)

Murray Polner is the author and editor of many books, including Peace, Justice, and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition and Branch Rickey: A Biography.

3 Responses to “Murray Polner”

  1. War is the greatest thing in our movies, and by movies I mean fantasies, for that is what movies are. We love war, we love heroism, because in the end we love to brag, and we have to have something to brag about and in the end war is the greatest thing to brag about. We are the greatest nation on earth – how often do we hear that? Well, you wouldn't hear it if there wasn't any war. We would just be like everybody else, one country among many living in peace. I'm joking of course, or at least I think I am.

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