Just a reminder that the May Day general strike takes place tomorrow. No school, no work, no banking, no buying – all to protest the threat of corporatism and to show solidarity with the world’s migrant workers. Over 125 cities are involved, and there is a comprehensive directory if you are interesting in joining. (more…)
Samuel Johnson once said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. However, if your government no longer listens to the people and politicians are bought and paid for by corporations, dissent, like Howard Zinn says, can be the highest form of patriotism. (more…)
Here’s two brilliant cartoons for your Tuesday reading pleasure:
It warms the heart to think that, within just a few short years, commentary like those contained in these cartoons could very well grow obsolete. Then, once we’ve done away with the war on drugs and war in general, we can look back on ourselves today and wonder why it took us so long to restore sanity to our domestic and foreign policies.
Involved in the military? Para-military? Maybe your a mercenary. Well, whatever role you play in warfare, be sure to leave your calender open this fall as September 21, 2012 will be the first ever Day of Global Truce!
That’s right, for a full 24 hours, there is to be no senseless violence, no pointless bloodshed, and no fruitless squandering of treasure and lives. Instead, the whole world will lay down their arms, taking time to reflect on alternatives to perpetual war.
It may seem like a lofty goal, but it’s not without precedence. In 2008, the September 21 Peace Day caused a 70% reduction in violent incidents in Afghanistan. In 2007, the 1-day ceasefire allowed humanitarian organizations to provide 1.4 million children with life-saving polio vaccinations.
When it comes to building a peaceful planet – something we’ve never had before – we cannot understate the importance of having dreams. Without brave souls envisioning a greater future along with the path to get there, we’d never even know what potentials await us.
So don’t be afraid to have hope. Dare to dream, and when you do, dream big!
Tired of being gouged by those ridiculous transaction fees? Sick of seeing the big banks getting bailed out while you get sold out? Feel it’s time to shake up the establishment a bit?
Well, if you answered yes to these questions, then you should do what tens of thousands of others have already done and move all of your savings out of your bank and into a local credit union.
In fact, considering how today (November 5th) is Bank Transfer Day, there’s no better time than right now to be the change our world needs.
Over 4.5 Billion dollars has already been moved into credit unions since September, which is nothing to scoff at. But, with the movement against big banks in its infancy, the real abandonment of Corporate Financial is still to come.
Once again, we see the real power of social media and the Internet. Here is one person with one idea who found a medium to share it with others. The idea resonated so well that it sparked a movement with billion dollar implications.
This adds further support to my belief that we are on the brink of a drastically improved planet. Now that we have proven means to coordinate the undercurrents of discontent into practical and positive real-world results, it’s only a matter of time.
Just imagine, in a few years when engaged and empowered minds answer the call to action, not in the hundreds of thousands, but in hundreds of millions – the world’s system will have no choice but to bend to the will of the people.
And what we want is a more just, more equal civilization where the powerful cannot freely exploit the powerless and people take priority over profits.
Happy World Peace Day, everybody! ‘Tis the season for ceasefires, where we come together and look forward to brighter days… days when major global conflicts no longer exist.
This peaceful future really isn’t that far off. See, war is not a natural state of being for our species. Sure, we humans have inherently violent behaviors. And sure, life itself is intrinsically a struggle between organisms looking out for themselves. But that doesn’t automatically mean that large scale wars must exist.
In fact, as we’ll be seeing over the next few years, a lot of money goes into perpetuating earth’s major military endeavors. Take away some of the underlying factors behind conflict, and the drums calling us to fight will be muted.
Just imagine, if you will, what a 100% tax on profits from weapons manufacturing would do to the defense industry. It might prove to be a catastrophic blow!
Plus, with the advent of breakthrough technologies that will help humankind meet its basic needs, extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. This means armies will have trouble filling their ranks when there’s no more despondent to take up the arms.
But that won’t matter anyway, thanks to the Internet and social media. Our world’s people are coming together like never before, meaning there are fewer and fewer perceived enemies to fight all the time.
So, add it all up, and it means the tide will soon turn, and the power will shift. Down with the trillion dollar empire that enables war as a business. Up with the billions of humans who want the violence and killing to stop. World peace is coming!
September 21 is the International Day of Peace. It is a day for ceasefires all around the world, and has been gaining popularity since its inception 10 years ago.
Peace Day is part of a growing movement that has been gaining momentum all around the world – the peace movement. Over the next few years, the peace movement will parallel the way Organics and Green energy have risen to the mainstream, with more people jumping on the peacewagon everyday =D
Sure, Peaceniks have preached peace for generations now and it never came true. But never before have the tools we have today. The power to connect and organize has never been greater than today. The Internet is bringing our world together like never before.
With our world becoming more self-aware, a simple truth will be made obvious:
The vast majority of humans can live in peace with the vast majority of humans.
When someone recognizes this as true, the idea of world peace is no longer so far fetched. When enough people around the world believe in world peace, we will actually be able to make it happen.
We really are just on the brink of world peace!
With each passing day, we are getting closer to having world peace become a reality. We’ve been progressing forward for centuries, and the past four decades have been especially fruitful. We have more of the good things, and less of the bad things. Don’t believe it? Check out this graph:
In this graph, we can see that the good things, like life expectancy, GDP, freedom and access to water are all on the increase. This is great for our world. As well, bad things like war deaths, extreme poverty, and illiteracy have consistently been on the decline, which is also some great news.
If we project forward based on present trends, the graph will look something like this:
As we can see, within 20 years, war deaths and extreme poverty should be eliminated. We’ve discussed the ties between poverty and war before, so it can be expected that as we see a decline in one, we see a corresponding decline in the other.
But, when we take into account the accelerating rate of progress and how each step towards a better world makes it easier to take the next step (thanks to the snowball effect), it isn’t unrealistic to expect an end to extreme poverty and war to arrive even sooner. Fantastic news!!!
Today is the International Day of Peace. WOOOOOOO PEACE!!!
Spread the word… peace IS coming, one day at a time.
2009 Peace One Day videos: