No such thing as an unjust peace

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The bumper sticker “If you want peace, work for justice.” displays such an impoverished concept of peace. As if the purpose of most violence weren’t precisely to impose or prolong injustice! As if a Pax Romana, social order via the threat of extreme violence, were actually any kind of peace. (In those days of Caesar Augustus, “approximately one in every three persons in Rome and Italy was a slave“.) As if MAD preparations for genocide were peace, because no one’s pushed the button yet.

Tacitus, as Calgacus, sure it got it right when he wrote “They make a desert, and call it peace.

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