Building a New Home for Greatness

By Greg Moses

Both the War Resisters League and Martin Luther King, Jr. were born in the 1920s, the decade after the Great War. And both have worked to stop the cycles that compel us to simply rename our failures. The Great War had to be renamed World War I; today we rename Gulf Wars, the better to number them as they come along.

Against great and persistent structures of violence, King and WRL built movements of resistance, seeking to end something, stop something, prevent something from happening again. This kind of work—the stopping kind—continues. Whether World War or Gulf War, who needs a number three?

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