Enthusiasm and Resignation (2)
1914. Why do the plebeians go to war so meekly? Because they have been indoctrinated
to do so in an extremely effective fashion by the school and the church, or
compelled by compulsory military service. Powerful propaganda cranked out by the
state and the press and pressure from the side of women, friends, village notables,
and employers also plays an important role. Last but not least, the socialist leaders
drop their internationalism, reveal themselves to be apostles of the “nationalist
faith,” and enjoin the workers to perform their patriotic duty . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.