AUTHOR: Aldous Huxley
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DESCRIPTION: 'What is called the utopian dream of pacifism is in fact a practical policy - indeed the only practical, the only realistic policy that there is.' Aldous Huxley. Over 50 years and 100 million war-related deaths later, and with the world in turmoil, the truth of Huxley's views is felt by more and more people.

But pacifism continues to be ill understood, a problem to which pacifists themselves sometimes contribute. The title of Huxley's classic book, Ends and Means, in a sense, describes the core of pacifism; the essay from which the title of this pamphlet is taken rehearses that debate and asks 'Can good ends be achieved by bad means?' Can, for example, the death of children, surely the most innocent of victims and amongst the most common casualties in any war, be justified on any grounds? This is a challenge to the apologists of war who claim it a moral means to an end. But the rhetoric of war, as indeed the apparent imperative to prepare for war, with all the jobs and family comforts that making and selling guns and bullets provide, crowds out this simple question, lest we are discomfited by our answer.

Huxley's views are as pertinent and challenging today as the day they were written - and perhaps more urgent.


Pacifism and philosophy
Constructive peace
Getting rid of militarism
Pacifism and civil war
Misleading verbiage
If one wants peace
Education and pacifism
Ethics and war
Morality of pacifism
Pacifism and revolution
Social reform and violence
Nature of the modern state
Conditions for pacifism
Science, liberty and peace
Constructive nonviolence