339 Old Peaceniks Update Debate

Eric Walberg and Metta Spencer were on different sides of a divide within the global peace movement during the 1980s. Here’s where they stand today.

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• Eric Walberg

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Walberg sounds like a postmodernist!
I was struck by the discrepancy between Walberg’s opposition to postmodernism (he says he believes there’s a difference between good and bad and that one has to fight for what is good!) and his unwillingness to fight for people being repressed by a foreign government. He obviously has an antiquainted vision of the world as inevitably divided into nation states. We have to get past that!

hi clayton
my approach to dealing with heavy-handed govts is not to point the finger and condemn, but to try to find common ground. what’s the point of telling, say, raisi, to be nice? iran is the only govt brave enough to take on imperialism, both US and Israeli. we can’t impose anything on anyone, but we can encourage. you can discuss human rights issues privately.

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