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Roger Baldwin, who helped transform the AUAM into the ACLU, was jailed when he refused to register. In a letter to the draft board, he portrays the ideals of radical pacifism at this time: The compelling motive for refusing to comply with the draft is my uncompromising opposition to the principle of conscription of life by the state for any purpose whatever, in time of war or peace. . 11 Baldwin and the ACLU served as an important model for Hill and Pacifica. Baldwin, at times almost single-handedly, blazed the trail that Pacifica, among many, would ultimately follow.
S. conscientious objectors (COs) to the draft faced prison terms in harsh and dangerous circumstances, with sentences ranging from twenty to twenty-five years. Portrayed by the government as cowards, the COs were brutally treated by other inmates and often forced to undergo lengthy periods of solitary confinement and other rigors. Roger Baldwin, who helped transform the AUAM into the ACLU, was jailed when he refused to register. In a letter to the draft board, he portrays the ideals of radical pacifism at this time: The compelling motive for refusing to comply with the draft is my uncompromising opposition to the principle of conscription of life by the state for any purpose whatever, in time of war or peace.
Unfortunately, this was presented not simply, but in the mystifying argot of a professor. It was difficult enough for the younger, college educated people to follow. For the elderly Jews, Italians and Spanish — who after all had been reading revolutionary theory all their lives — it was totally incomprehensible. . 30 3. Listener-Sponsored Radicalism on KPFA From a philosophical viewpoint, we feel that the health of the society may be improved, and cannot possibly be harmed, by the existence of at least one radio station that acts, to the best of its ability, on significance rather than convenience, and actually seeks to serve, rather than exploit.