Some People in the Military Refuse Orders

EVERYONE EVERYWHERE can watch this through my blog (see link below).  Also, cable TV subscribers in Thurston County WA can watch it 3 times a week throughout September 2022 on cable channel 22:  every Monday 1:30 pm, every Wednesday 5:00 pm, and every Thursday 9:00 pm.


Some People in the Military Refuse Orders — Glen’s September 2022 TV program and MANY more resources

The September 2022 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” shares first-hand experiences, insights, and information about people in the military who refuse to fight wars.


The experience of being in the military – especially while the U.S. is fighting a war – gives fresh insights to a great many people about the war they are being ordered to fight – and also about the larger reality of war overall.  Many people refuse to fight.  Some become well known for their resistance, while others are not known to the public.

Two guests will help us explore this topic.  Jeff Paterson and Stephanie Atkinson joined the military when they were young.  When the older George H.W. Bush was conducting the U.S.’s first war against Iraq, they knew it was wrong, so they refused orders, suffered retaliation by the military, and finally got out.

In this interview, Jeff and Stephanie share their experiences and tell us about their current efforts to help other people who are in the military resist war.

We discussed the large extent of resistance within the military throughout the past and present — both in the U.S. military and in other nations.

We provided information about the well-known cases of Ehren Watada, Chelsea Manning, Camilo Mejia, and Daniel Hale.

Glen provided context of the Existentialist philosophers of the 1950s and 1960s who said the world is absurd with no good choices, but — even so — we must make decisions and live with the consequences.

We mentioned the need to cut excessive military spending, the military’s damage to the climate, the military’s brutalization of people, PTSD and “moral injury,” and the military draft.

We also discussed remedies such as “counter-recruitment, Conscientious Objection, and two great organizations.  Jeff and Stephanie both work for Courage to Resist ( and are active with Veterans for Peace (


Besides watching the interview video, I hope people will also read the thorough summary document I wrote because it provides a HUGE amount of ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, including links to MANY ARTICLES and ORGANIZATIONS.




After I produced this TV program and posted it to my blog, my e-mail address changed from to  When you watch the TV video and/or read the linked document, please use my new e-mail address (and/or phone me at 360-491-9093) if you have any questions or want more information.






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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093