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Is Peace Possible?
The World Beyond War Campaign
by
Russ Faure-Brac
Chico State University
February 19, 2014
Stanford Research Institute
Part 1
Reflections on War
Aha #1
Nonviolence has been used by the
oppressed against the oppressor,
never by an empire for national
defense.
Peaceful Warriorship
п‚ћAvoidance
п‚ћProtection
п‚ћForce
as a last resort
Force Continuum
AHA #2
US Major Wars
14 (once every 17 years)
п‚— 1775
п‚— 1812
 1800’s
п‚— 1846
п‚— 1861
п‚— 1898
п‚— 1898
п‚— 1917
п‚— 1941
п‚— 1950
п‚— 1964
п‚— 1990
п‚— 2001
п‚— 2003
American Revolution
War of 1812
American Indian War
Mexican-American War
Civil War
Spanish-American War
Philippine-American War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Gulf War
Afghanistan War
Iraq War
AHA #3
Cost of War
The Military Budget is Killing Us
Breakout
Comparison
1,000 US Foreign Military Bases
If Cut Military Budget in Half
Over 10 Years
•
•
$1.3 Trillion x 50% x 10 = $6.5 Trillion
$2.5 Trillion: Social & Greening programs
• $2.5 Trillion: Reduce Global Poverty
• $1.5 Trillion: Tax Cuts/Reduce National
Debt
AHA #4
Collapse
Exponential Growth
z[p
Population
CO2
National Debt
Peak Oil
Where We’re Stuck
Part 2
World Beyond War
A Global Movement to End All Wars
ENDING ALL WAR: An Idea Whose
Time Has Come
– For our Children and All Future
Generations
September 15, 2013
. …Your feedback on the overall idea
and for strengthening the proposal
would be most welcome.
David Hartsough
David Swanson
Declaration of Peace
…I commit to engage in and support
nonviolent efforts to end all war and
preparations for war and to create a
sustainable and just peace.
3,000 people, 200 organizations
Structure
п‚ћ International Team
п‚ћ Serve
of Leading Peace Activists
as a Hub
п‚ћ Constructive
п‚ћ September
& Obstructive NV
21, 2014 Launch
Alternatives to War
п‚ћ Security
– There is a better plan
п‚ћ Economics
- Money can be
better spent
п‚ћ Cultural
– From a culture of war
to a culture of peace
Core Peace Principles
Commit to the Well-being of All
Protect Everyone, Even Our Adversaries
Use Moral Rather Than Physical Force
Alternative 1Global Marshall Plan
п‚ћ Model: WWII
п‚ћ Goal:
Marshall Plan
Prevent war
п‚ћ Strategy:
п‚ћ Theory:
Eliminate global poverty
Society is less of a threat
Alternative 2 –
Transform the Military
п‚ћ Soldiers
want to serve
п‚ћ Humanization
п‚ћ Implement
Boot Camp
the GMP
п‚ћ Gradual Transition
Alternative 3 –
Convert the Defense Industry
п‚ћ WWII
п‚ћ Steer
Industrial Conversion
the work
п‚ћ Subsidize
the transition
п‚ћ Increased
employment
Part 3
Is Peace Possible?
Possible Change Path
Reasons for Optimism
Major Change Can Happen
Change from the Bottom Up
Thank You!
www.worldbeyondwar.org
www.transitiontopeace.com
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