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An Inclusive Antiwar Movement?

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The International Action Center (IAC) is having a conference this Saturday, November 6, 2010. Named the "Regional ANTIWAR Conference and a National meeting to STOP FBI Repression",
they're hailing it as ""a discussion of a new kind of unified &
inclusive antiwar movement that can challenge the wars abroad and at
home". As is usually the case with left wing antiwar organizations this
one too comes with their social agenda as part of the package. On their
website they state that part of the discussion is to be about ""a
massive movement to bring the war $$, troops, and mercenaries home now,
rebuilding our cities, providing jobs, schools and health care that we
all have a right to". Bringing the troops and mercenaries home sounds
great. It is the part about then using the money saved to finance the
government's spending on social programs the is a problem for the
liberty minded. Given these realities the question has to be asked, is
this really an inclusive antiwar movement?

No doubt that by now progressive readers are rolling their eyes
wondering how this crazy libertarian can be against spending money on
health care and education. This isn't the time or place to engage in a
debate about these subjects, we can do that later after we end the wars.
Now is the time to agree to disagree on some things and unite to stop
the wars and oppression.

Libertarians are reaching out to the left to stand together for peace. (See "Organizing a Left-Right Alliance Against the War Parties ") This author approached the organizers of the October 16, 2010 peace rally in Philadelphia (See "Raising Eyebrows at a Peace Rally")
at their planning meeting a few days before the event. There I was
politely, but firmly, told that they were completely unwilling to change
their agenda for future rallies to accommodate other points of view.

When the left tacks on a social agenda to their antiwar coalitions that
the liberty minded can not endorse they tell us we're not welcome. We're
not asking any of the organizations and individuals that are part of
IAC or similar groups to change their advocacy. Their speakers can
advocate all the same things they have before. Same with the signs they
carry. All we ask is that the antiwar coalitions themselves be
politically neutral so we can all join them in good conscience.

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Imagine the strength of a truly united and inclusive peace movement. We
can do it. All it takes is a little tolerance and understanding.


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Darren Wolfe is the former Eastern Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. He presently blogs as the International Libertarian His articles have also appeared in, (more...)

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