Scott Horton Interviews Murray Polner

Scott Horton, July 01, 2011

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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 his review of Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 on History News Network; a reminder of the British and American war resisters (Bertrand Russell, Eugene V. Debs) who despised the wanton slaughter of WWI; the very late posthumous pardon of British soldiers in 2006, who were executing for refusing to fight; why its hard to differentiate good and evil in a war between competing empires; the difficulty of dissent in wartime when heads of state and popular opinion are pro-war; and the wisdom of Harry Browne.

MP3 here. (19:57)

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

6 Responses to “Murray Polner”

  1. Polner is a good interview. I love his humble intellectual honesty. Pity it was so short. Really would have loved his thoughts on King Leopold's Ghost. Another time I hope.

  2. "The Huns are raping Belgium nuns" – the LIE told by the British.
    The 'net result' of WWI was that Britain gained one million square miles of colony – WWII was guaranteed to happen due to the Versailles Treaty.
    America would have done better to have fought on the side of the Germans in WWI – or – better yet to have stayed out of it.

  3. "The total number of deaths includes 9.7 million military personnel and about 6.8 million civilians."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I_casualti

    But civilians were not deliberately targeted, unlike WWII and following.

  4. The UK was desperate to lash out at Germany. I think it was around 1905 that German GDP surpassed that of England. Germany was the technological leader of Europe in most industrial fields.

    Hence why every "peace treaty" aimed to gut Germany's industrial base. Why compete with someone by bettering yourself when you can just kill them?

    (This is also why people have fond memories of the Marshall Plan despite it's huge flaws and bungling. The alternative was so much worse with the UK and France demanding another and harsher Versailles Treaty in the wake of WWII.)

  5. King Leopold's Ghost is one of the best books I've ever read.

  6. …this is quite true…good honest comment for a change

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