The Peaceful Podcast, Ep 6: James Newcomb, US Army

In Episode 6 of The Peaceful Podcast, Jessica Pavoni interviews James Newcomb, who was twice enlisted in the US Army as a musician. James eventually came to consider himself a conscientious objector after realizing that he was acting as a “cheerleader for war.”

In this podcast, you’ll hear about some of James’ experiences, influences, and the principled (but non-standard) way in which he left the military. Thanks for listening!

Ep 6- James Newcomb

Of note – you may recognize James’ voice on the earliest episodes of The Peaceful Podcast! He started this project under the name “Modern Conscientious Objector” and continues to be involved with it to this day.

3 thoughts on “The Peaceful Podcast, Ep 6: James Newcomb, US Army

  1. Dig deep trying to find some principled person who voluntarily joins the military and then somehow magically develops an aversion to war. This guy ain’t it, just like neither of you were.


    • to just make the statement “This guy ain’t it, just like neither of you were” without an explanation as to why you feel this way is just as legitimate as making a statement [which is a strawman fallacy/ad hominem] such as, ‘you’re a jerk!’ – it’s just an expression in the realm of anger, and has no legitimacy. if one were to say, ‘you’re a jerk because you did such and such’, while maybe not true, it at least gives the reader/listener some knowledge of why one feels so strongly.

      would you be interested in ‘fleshing out’ why it is that you feel a person who joins the military and, afterwards, changes their opinion about what they have done, and the reasons for their having done so, is not a “principled person”?

      i have 3 principles by which i guide my interactions with others:

      – it is immoral [wrong] to INITIATE force or fraud against a person who is not harming anyone else.

      – it is immoral [wrong] to do something to someone else that i would not want them to do to me

      – everyone is a special and unique sovereign individual but no one is more special or more unique than
      anyone else; it is immoral [wrong] to treat someone differently in a similar situation.

      i did not always practice these principles that i have adopted and i believe that before i did so, i was not treating others in a moral manner. i wish i had these principles from ‘day one’ but i have them and practice them now. you might characterize me in a manner that i feel undeserving – and that is your right but… it doesn’t, necessarily, make your characterization a correct one. i hold to these principles because i believe they cause no harm to innocent people.

      again, i would be interested in knowing your reason[s] for describing these people in the disparaging manner in which you did..?


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