Michael N. Nagler

From Rage to Reform

“George Floyd is becoming the Emmett Till of the 21st Century. The ongoing, passionate, widespread, and no longer violent demonstrations that have come in the wake of his brutal death…”

Michael N. Nagler
Published in: The Chronicle, Common Dreams, Westside Gazette, Other Words, LA Progressive, News Herald, Truth Out, Black News, News-Herald, Sierra County Prospect
Date: May 6,11,June 14,15,16,17,22,2020
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Should I go that Neo-Nazi rally to fight back?


“When we hear that the Neo-Nazi movement is coming to our town, most of us naturally feel called—or pushed– to some kind of action…”

Stephanie Van Hook and Michael Nagler
Published in: The PeaceWorker, City Watch, Metta Center for Nonviolence, Echo Press, KPC News, Gilmer Free Press, Bainbridge Island Review, The Sunburg News
Date: August 17,22,September 5,2017
587 Words

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The Kapp Putsch and Modern Memory

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“On March 13, 1920, right-wing elements of German society along with some military units, particularly the Freikorps, or volunteer corps, smarting from the humiliating conditions…”

Michael N. Nagler
Published in: Pace e Bene, Counterpunch, Grassroots Press, Tikkun Daily Blog, Transcend Media Service
Date: November 4,7,2016
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A Lesson (Still) Not Learned

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“I was deeply saddened to read last week of the death by suicide of Cmdr. Job Price who was with a Navy SEAL team in Afghanistan. I was even sadder when I realized that the hopeful idea that sprung up in my mind was naive: “Now maybe people will understand why soldiers commit suicide.” The only reasons for his suicide that the media could offer were the usual suspects: it was a bad deployment, “a cautionary tale of how men were ground down by years of fighting and losing comrades,” and of course, the old fallback that puts a stop to the whole inquiry, “no one knows why.””

Author: Michael N. Nagler
Published in: Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/28/a-lesson-still-not-learned/
Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2016/01/27/deeply-saddened-12716/
Pace e Bene http://www.paceebene.org/2016/01/28/a-lesson-still-not-learned/
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2016/01/27/a-lesson-still-not-learned/
Metta Center for Nonviolence http://mettacenter.org/blog/a-lesson-still-not-learned/
Aletho News https://alethonews.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/a-lesson-still-not-learned/
Date: January 27,28,2015
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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.’s Timeless Vision

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“He came out against the war. Against all advice.
In his famous speech opposing the Vietnam War at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King announced to the world his departure, or rather expansion, of his role as civil rights leader to that of a prophet warning “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, my own government,” that they had put themselves on a course “approaching spiritual death.” Just as Gandhi honed his nonviolence in South Africa and then felt that he was ready to carry the struggle into the heart of the empire, King here announced that he had enlarged his passion from those of his own race in one region of the country to the policies of that country itself. And just as Gandhi knew that his real target was larger still, that in offering “an ocular demonstration” of the power of nonviolence he was really offering humanity a way out of its turmoil and suffering, I will argue that no less was true for King. In the Riverside speech he said:

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken.”

Author: Michael Nagler
Published in: The Berkely Daily Planet http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2016-01-15/article/44084?headline=MARTIN-LUTHER-KING-JR.-s-Timeless-Vision–Michael-Nagler
Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2016/01/18/martin-luther-king-jr-s-timeless-vision/
Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/127449
Counterpunch http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/18/mlks-timeless-vision/
Date: January 15,18,2016

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