Michael Nagler

Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and the founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 9:56am
Newtown: How We Can Heed The Warnings
The wisest man I had the privilege of knowing in my life once said, “There is no nation, no matter how powerful, that cannot be destroyed by hate.”
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Friday, November 23, 2012 - 12:30pm
Gaza: A Time to Reflect
This partial check to the mad violence unleashed last week on Gaza, while it comes as a great relief to all of us, should also be an opportunity to refocus our determination that this violence stop happening, and never happen anywhere again.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 11:55am
The Batman Massacre: A Response
I want to make an offer to my fellow Americans who are, like myself, reeling from the worst “random” shooting the country has ever seen. My question: Have you had enough? Because if you have, I can tell you how to stop this kind of madness. I know that’s a bold claim, but this is not a time for small measures.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 8:25am
Violence and Evolution: Where Do We Stand?
How do we measure violence? The question has come up because of recent studies by Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, featured on TED among other venues, which seem to show that, contrary to common opinion, violence has been steadily decreasing by a number of measures for several millennia. Some of these measures are at first sight impressive, like the decrease in genocides and combat deaths, and of course, this is something we would very much like to believe. The reality, however, is more complicated.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:00am
Corporations Are Not People: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident…
When is a Person not a Person? Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PSR) recently answered this absurd question with the obvious and embarrassing answer: when it’s a corporation. According to PSR’s statement , in case anyone is confused, a human being:
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 8:43am
Neither Victims nor Executioners
The execution last week of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia on the International Day of Peace was a painful blow to all sensitive people—really to all humanity, not to mention our prestige as a nation. Whatever may have been the “correctness” of the legal procedures leading up to it, it must seem to many no better than a legalized lynching.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 8:04am
Passivity or Violence: Is That the Only Choice?
Between Libya, which has endured more than 2,000 NATO bombings, and Syria, where more than 2,000 civilians have been killed by their own government so far, we see the two traditional responses to a perceived need for intervention by the international community in regimes gone wrong.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 9:48am
Coming Home From Killing
The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Because she’s involved in the killing of a little girl during her tour—this part is based on a true story, but it happened to a man—she returns home only to steadily fall apart under the stress of soul-destroying anxieties.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 9:28am
Why Racism Doesn’t Die
This country is famous for one of the most organized and inspiring nonviolent movements in modern history. It unfolded sixty years ago in the aftermath of the Holocaust in Europe and focused on the racism that was an unresolved legacy of the Civil War. It was brilliant, but sadly, not enough.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 9:24am
Economic Crisis or Nonviolent Opportunity? Gandhi’s Answer to Financial Collapse
On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average fell 634.76 points; the sixth-worst point decline for the Dow in the last 112 years and the worst drop since December 2008. Every stock in the S&P 500 index declined.
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