PACIFISM is the pragmatic belief that in International Relations any conflict whatsoever must never be allowed to erupt into a war.
PACIFISM cannot be successful without (i) realising that conflict is part of nature, (ii) realising that a “world government” is neither possible nor desirable and (iii) realising that only pragmatism and negotiation can ever prevent conflict to erupt into a war.
PACIFISM presupposes the belief that in International Relations no state, nor person, nor ideology whatsoever can ever be allowed to claim a right to take arms against another state or ideology. The only conceivable exception is guerrilla and/or insurrection within a country which has been invaded by another state or coalition.
PACIFISM is the belief that in International Relations the hegemony of any state whatsoever is never desirable nor in the interest of world peace.
PACIFISM must remain a mental attitude in order to avoid falling into ideology or religion, and it must remain as realistic as possible. At the level of the nation pacifism can be successfully combined with armed-neutrality.
PACIFISM can spread and be useful only if it manages to remain above pork barrel politics.
PACIFISM is best taught very early in life but only through reasoning and example. In order to avoid the fall into ideology or religion, its teaching must stay clear of any mindless repetitions, prayers and incantations.