Power and Obedience: Restoring Pacifism to American Politics

We were four brothers, sons of the Kentucky hills who came of age in lockstep with the escalating war in Vietnam. In 1964, my oldest brother volunteered for the Air Force, following an ancient tradition in which, for the sake of education or economic advancement, men from the working classes risk our lives to fight the wars of the rich.

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Fenton Johnson is the author of two novels, Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock, as well as Geography of the Heart: A Memoir and Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks. Johnson has contributed cover essays and stories to Harper's Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and many literary quarterlies. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and creative nonfiction, two Lambda Literary Awards, a Kentucky Association Aware for best gay/lesbian nonfiction. He has written narrations and scripts for award-winning independent documentaries and conducts workshops across the country, and serves on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona. For more information visit www.fentonjohnson.com.

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