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Antimilitarism is a doctrine commonly found in the anarchist and, more globally, in the socialist movement, which may both be characterized as internationalist movements. It relies heavily on a critical theory of nationalism and imperialism, and was an explicit goal of the First and Second International. Whereas pacifism is opposition to violence in general, antimilitarism is opposed to war between states in particular and, of course, militarism. Historian Paul B. Miller defines anti-militarism as"ideology and activities...aimed at reducing the civil power of the military and ultimately, preventing international war".From Revolutionaries to Citizens : Antimilitarism in France, 1870-1914 by Paul B. Miller.Duke University Press, 2002, ISBN 0822327570 (p.8).

While antimilitarism is an ideology typically associated with the left, it is also found among Old Right and libertarian elements, most notably in the United States.

Distinction between antimilitarism and pacifism

Pacifism has been historically associated with faith in transcendent ideas, such as "God" or "Humanity", which Stirner, for example, criticized in The Ego and Its Own (1844), a milestone of individualist anarchism. Pacifism is thus opposed to atheistic antimilitarism, which is based on a critical analysis of the military state institution, the military-industrial complex and, in a broader sense, patriotism and the nationalist concept of nation-states'......
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