When My Congressman Came to Visit by Danielle Poe

Poe, Danielle (Univ. of Dayton). "When My Congressman Came to Visit: Reflections on a Collapse." CPP Newsletter Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2004). My credentials as a thoughtful, articulate, and intelligent person are impeccable. From the time I was a part of the speech and debate team in high school to becoming a professional philosopher and presenting papers at conferences, I have answered and asked probing questions that challenge institutional racism, classism, and sexism. … [Read more...]

Hedges and Gilligan Reviewed by Duane Cady

Cady, Duane (Hamline Univ., MN). "America at War: A Review of Chris Hedges; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; New York: Public Affairs, 2002; and James Gilligan; Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic; New York: Vintage Books, 1996." CPP Newsletter Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2004). Chris Hedges, long time war correspondent for the New York Times, has written a best seller about war. War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning is engaging, insightful, and informative on US military … [Read more...]

Santoni's Sartre on Violence by Ruth Lucier

Lucier, Ruth (Bennett College, NC) "Violence of Ambiguity: A Review of Ronald E. Santoni; Sartre on Violence: Curiously Ambivalent"; The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003. CPP Newsletter Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2004). Today, those who are concerned to promote peace are bombarded with paradoxical views of violence. One and the same act may be regarded (1) as an immoral attack on a nation state or its citizens, (2) as the legitimate expression of rage and desperation, and (3) as … [Read more...]

CPP News by Gail Presbey (2004)

Presbey, Gail (Univ. of Detroit-Mercy). "CPP News" CPP Newsletter Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2004). Since the 2003 annual conference, CPP has been active, presenting panels at the Eastern, Pacific, and Central Divisions of the APA. I could not attend them all, but will report briefly on those I did attend. Our CPP panel at the Pacific Division started with Kelly Candaele talking about Ireland’s “ripening” of the time for peace. Certain conditions were finally present which helped the … [Read more...]

Peace and the Myth of Pax Americana by Carl Mirra

Mirra, Carl (SUNY-Old Westbury). "Peace and the Myth of Pax Americana." CPP Newsletter Vol. 24, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2004). Peace is an idealistic term; it envisions humanity striving for cooperation and harmony, thereby inviting skepticism in a competitive world. Yet, if we juxtapose images of peace against US military aims, it becomes increasingly clear that militaristic sensibilities are as ambitious and idealistic as peaceful visions. The problem is that militarism cloaks itself … [Read more...]