Father John Dear: Taking the lead from friends and activists in Carbondale, Nonviolent Cities invites citizens across the U.S. to organize a similar grassroots movement in their city, to put the word “nonviolent” in front of their city.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
Murray Polner: Who thought then that Gorby the communist, and Ron the hawk, urged on by his shrewd and smart wife to meet and talk with the Russian, would become friends and warm pen pals and more importantly, advocates for a more peaceful, non-nuclear world.
Robert Koehler: Because of Gabbard — only because of Gabbard — the multi-trillion-dollar monstrosity of U.S. militarism is getting a little mainstream media attention amid the reality-TV histrionics of this year’s presidential race, the Donald Trump phenomenon and the spectacle of Republican insult-flinging. Tulsi Endorses Bernie
Karl Meyer: The policy fantasy that stands in the way of addressing major world problems cooperatively is the idea among ignorant or venal politicians that the United States can retain and expand the boundaries of “sole superpower” domination that were achieved briefly after the collapse and dissolution of the Soviet Union. New Cold War
David Smith-Ferri: To begin with, while leaving their country of origin, people risk their lives traveling through contested parts of their country or over roads controlled by militias or warlords known to capture and kill people of their ethnicity or religious sect. River of Refugees
Murray Polner: “Nagasaki” is an empathetic, meticulous and lucid account of the city and its victims, especially since the city has always lived in the shadow of Hiroshima. Nagasaki Victims
Robert Koehler: Flint just happens to be the place drawing media attention right now. Millions of people across the country and around the world remain vulnerable to our legacy of industrial — and military — pollution. Toxic Legacy
Lawrence Wittner: Peace Action praised Bernie’s opposition to both Iraq wars, support of legislation to reduce spending on nuclear weapons, strong backing of the Iran agreement, votes to curb military spending, and championing of diplomacy over war. Bernie Peace Candidate
Winslow Myers: Martin Luther King argues that we must change from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society, or we have no chance to overcome the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.”
Murray Polner: As Obama prepares to depart to write his memoirs, oversee his presidential library, and await the judgment of history, we have to wonder whether the seeds of future wars his administration has planted will come to fruition.
Murray Polner: Many women have always played crucial roles supporting, worrying about, and grieving for their family members while others have actively opposed our historic addiction for war. Some of the women I write about here are fairly well-known but others are not.
Lawrence Wittner: The nuclear weapons modernization program is particularly startling when set against President Obama’s April 2009 pledge to build a nuclear weapons-free world.
Steve Crandall: I am a strong advocate against putting assault weapons in the hands of civilians and often wonder if Ted Nugent, Wayne La Pierre or Donald Trump would share my views about ownership of assault weapons had they served in Viet Nam.