Two important 10th anniversaries have passed this fall. The first of course was that of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, along with the tragically failed attack ending in Pennsylvania. The second is that of the U.S.-Afghan War, dating from early October 2001 and still running hard all these years later, now the longest full-blown U.S. conflict in history. In May of this year, the un-convicted mastermind of the operations, Osama bin Laden, was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan. Doug Allen, in this just-over-one-hour audio podcast (including questions and answers), provides critical peace-movement perspective on these events.
Doug Allen has served on the faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maine since 1974. He is a scholar of the phenomenology of religion, and has written and spoken extensively on the application of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy to today’s struggles of violence, war, and peace.
Most recently Doug is the author of the new volume just out from Reaktion Books and the University of Chicago Press, Mahatma Gandhi, a new perspective on Gandhi, which allows us to rethink our basic values and priorities. Please download a flyer for the book with an order form HERE, or visit press.uchicago.edu for more information.
Doug is a founding member of the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine.
Doug spoke October 6, 2011 at the Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus in Orono as part of the Fall 2011 Socialist and Marxist Studies Thursday series. The main part of the full title of Doug’s talk, Bring Our War $$ Home: 9/11, the Afghanistan War, and the Killing of Osama Bin Laden comes from a project developed in Maine last year by Bruce Gagnon of space4peace.org, the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine and many others. It has broadly been adopted by diverse groups, from Code Pink to the U.S. Conference of mayors. For more information, please visit bringourwardollarshome.org.
Thank you to John Greenman for recording the program.