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For Howard, objecting to war went alongside standing up for individual liberty. During World War I, the National Council for Civil Liberties was set up to defend freedoms that the government was curtailing during wartime. The organisation still exists, now called Liberty (www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk). Amongst other things, it challenges attempts to use war or the threat of terrorism as grounds to curtail civil liberties. 

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Thursday 21 August 2014

In this week's extract from Howard's later conversations about the war, he links both principle and personality in describing the formation of his views.

Howard combined opposition to war with a rejection of the state's power over him. The two issues went together even more strongly for anti-war activists in British colonies, many of whom were also campaigning for national independence.