Those who can bring themselves to renounce wealth, position and power accruing from a social system based on violence and putting a premium on acquisitiveness, and to identify themselves in some real fashion with the struggle of the masses toward the light, may help in a measure — more, doubtless, by life than by words — to devise a more excellent way, a technique of social progress less crude, brutal, costly and slow than mankind has yet evolved.
As quoted in American Power and the New Mandarins (2002) by Noam Chomsky, p. 160.
Educational enterprises do not for any length of time remain immune from the struggle of interests for power which is the dominant feature of social life under a class system.A. J. Muste
The problem after a war is the victor. He thinks he has just proved that war and violence pay. Who will now teach him a lesson?A. J. Muste
There is no way to peace; peace is the way.A. J. Muste
[Their foremost task] ... is to denounce the violence on which the present system is based, and all the evil — material and spiritual — this entails for the masses of menu throughout the world.... So long as we are not dealing honestly and adequately with this ninety percent of our problem, there is something ludicrous, and perhaps hypocritical, about our concern over the ten percent of violence employed by the rebels against oppression.A. J. Muste
In a world built on violence, one must be a revolutionary before one can be a pacifist.A. J. Muste