The Politics of Peace: What's Behind the Anti-War Movement?
Recorded on August 30, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
To describe current anti-war protest as a reaction to the
invasion of Iraq or an anti-Bush phenomenon is to miss the point. A
closer look at the protestors and their associations reveals a
pedigree going back at least to the Vietnam era and beyond to the
"progressive" and protest politics of earlier decades. The leaders
of the "anti-war" movement today are leftists in ideology. Almost
all oppose capitalism and believe in socialism; many are
Communists. At root, they are anti-American rather than anti-war.
Anti-war groups comprise an authentic political movement. They have
distinctive forms of organization, outlets for propaganda, favored
strategies and tactics, and access to information technology that
increasingly allows their communications to be instantaneous and
global. In short, they are a political force.
In The Politics of Peace - just published by the Capital
Research Center - Professor John Tierney, Jr., focuses on the
individuals and groups who lead and coordinate the demonstrations,
orchestrate media stunts, network across the Internet, and provide
the organization and direction to what he describes as a permanent,
full-time cadre of professional operatives.
John J. Tierney, Jr., is Faculty Chairman and Walter Kohler
Professor of International Relations at The Institute of World
Politics. Formerly, he served as Special Assistant and Foreign
Affairs Officer at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
(1981-1993); participated in various national security negotiations
for the U.S. Government; was Executive Director of the
Congressional Caucus on National Defense and the National Security
Research Group at the U.S. House of Representatives; and was
Chairman of the Politics Department at the Catholic University of