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Get Your Slave License

January 25, 2009

During the movement to abolish institutional slavery, there were those who wanted to improve the institution of slavery, to regulate it, to establish rules for the humane treatment of slaves, to limit the number of slaves, to tax slavery and so on. But what the abolitionists knew is that human slavery is intolerable as an idea, that the very root of slavery is wrong.

Improving slavery was not wrong—improvement in the human condition is good.  But imagine if every slave master had to have a government-issued photo ID Slave License and be regulated and inspected by the State Slave Health Committee to verify that he or she is treating slaves humanely—does that sound like a country you want to live in?

There are those who try to improve war, to conduct war with minimum civilian casualties, to make sure that wounded humans have access to medical care, to prosecute those who break the rules of war with systematic rape and torture. These people are doing needed work in our present system that allows war–but does that sound like a world you want to live in?

We found ways, even much better and more efficient ways, to get the work done that the slaves were doing before they were freed. We already know ways to resolve political conflicts much more cheaply and permanently than war can ever do. With peace safety practices, with a changed world system that takes war off the menu, we can abolish war.

Peace is the safe practice of political conflict. If there is no political conflict, there is no possibility of war. If there is political conflict, where there is a direction taken by a political leader or entity toward violent conflict, then it is the responsibility of the rest of the world to effectively intervene for the safety of the whole world.

Take charge of your army

December 30, 2008

Reader Wolf Halton commented:

“We will have to help the military-industrial complex, with its thousands of jobs and millions in income, to find a socially acceptable outlet for its creativity.”

Wolf is right–no one is left out of world peace, or it’s not world peace. Today, politically organized death and misery is still socially acceptable. By February 14, 2014, together we will make it illegitimate.

Past peacemakers have criticized the military and arms-makers, often in strong terms. Criticism has its place, but we don’t have time for much inside our peace deadline.

Honestly, who is criticizing whom—who exactly is the military-industrial complex? Is it the soldiers who volunteer to serve and get a college education? Is it the managers and employees of corporations who win military contracts? Is it the taxpayers and bond-buyers who pony up the money? Is it the citizens who enjoy the protection of the military?

Only you can answer the question for yourself, but I think that the military-industrial complex is…you and me.

Here’s the upside—here’s where you get to feel powerful—if you are the military-industrial complex, then whose army is it? That’s right, it’s your army! All you have to do is say what you want done with it.

Really—it is that simple. Start saying what you want done with your army. Peacekeeping? Great! What should the army, navy, air force and the rest of the military-industrial complex be doing that represents you? Be specific—your military needs specific missions.

We are talking about the most disciplined, focused, goal-oriented force in the world—whether the US military or your home country’s army. The military wants, at the root of their ideals, to fight for something good and win. The military wants to protect—and we definitely need protection from the danger of war (by peace safety practices–another blog coming soon).

Notice that you have been asleep at the wheel. Your army is restless and unfocused, your army doesn’t have a mission that inspires it, your army has been taken over and used by ideas that are not representative of you! This is a disaster, an emergency, a world crisis! Your army wants orders that it can get behind, a direction to victory, triumph, glory and honor! Don’t expect your military resources to figure out what they should be doing–that’s your job. You define what victory is, what the mission is. If it’s my army, and it is, then the mission is to keep the entire world safe from the danger of war.

Your army is MISERABLE! Your air force is UNHEALTHY! Your navy is making circles in the ocean and wasting lives, money, goodwill. Your military is being used to make us unsafe. Forces of corruption have crept in to your army. We don’t need to criticize the corruption–we just need to give our army something useful and fulfilling to do.

It’s not too late—speak up about how your immense resource should be used.

Do these exercises to start taking command:
1.    Call anyone you know in the military. If you don’t know anyone, then find someone. Say to them, “You are giving your life to the military. What mission would most inspire you to serve?” Then listen with all your heart.
2.    Write in your journal what missions you would give your army. Whom would you consult with to make sure your orders make sense?
3.    Answer these questions in your journal: whom do you need to talk to about gaining control of your army? What do you need to say? Make a phone call right now, or put a to-do in your calendar.

Save World Peace From the Hippies and Pageant Queens

December 29, 2008

World Peace: it’s bland, idealistically hopeless, complicated, left-leaning, hippie boomer crap. Right?

Wrong. Let’s clear the air a bit, dust off some common sense, and rescue “world peace” from the deadly cultural morass where it is stuck in most people’s minds.

It is NOT:

  • Everyone somehow magically being so nice to each other that we no longer fight
  • A soundless explosion of heart-love created by humanity suddenly evolving to the next level
  • Dependent on creating “inner peace”
  • Elimination of the military
  • Impossible because “war is human nature”

World peace IS:

  • A global end to the danger of politically organized mass murder called “war”
  • The active, ongoing, multi-layered practice of safety from this danger
  • Necessary for our survival in the medium-term as a species.  Read that one again.
  • The culmination of a global trend toward cooperation and peace that is real, and doesn’t make the news.
  • An agreement among the family of nations to some new norms (similar to abolishing slavery) that prevent war and help us all

Our book, Give Peace A Deadline: What Ordinary People Can Do To Create World Peace in Five Years, gives the detail of all of this, as well as the global collaborative plan.

What you can do to begin collaborating: post a comment here, especially any questions you have, and begin talking with your friends and online community about world peace by Feb. 14, 2014. Much more to come, so stay tuned!


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