Humanity or sovereignty - A political roadmap for the 21st century
Storey L, Lang Press
Nonkilling global Political science

Glenn D. Paige
The Simplest Path to Personal and Planetary Transformation,
Vincent Casspriano, Jr.
Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future On Our Planet
Jim Bell

 
 
Humanity or sovereignty - A political roadmap for the 21st century

Storey L, Lang Press


This concise work manages to filter out the dross of human existence and to provide a clear and viable path to what Mr Storey calls 'human potentialism'. The title traces the history of human politics and argues that the 'moral potential' of all humans can only be achieved, or 'cultivated' via a government that governs for all humanity. This according to Mr Storey is not achievable via national governments in that they naturally exclude non-nationals and do not represent the interests of all humanity.The work provides an excellent political framework for the establishment of a global government that governs for all humanity and recognises and cultivates the moral potential in all humans.All global politicians and policy makers should read this carefully argued work, which makes current policy obsolete and provides a firm approach for a better, more enlightened humanity.

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Nonkilling Global Political Science

This book is offered for consideration and critical reflection primarily by political science scholars throughout the world from beginning students to professors emeriti. Neither age nor erudition seems to make much difference in the prevailing assumption that killing is an inescapable part of the human condition that must be accepted in political theory and practice. It is hoped that readers will join in questioning this assumption and will contribute further stepping stones of thought and action toward a nonkilling global future.

This may be the first book in the English language to contain the word "nonkilling" in its title. The term is not in customary use. It seeks to direct attention beyond "peace" and even "nonviolence" to focus sharply upon the taking of human life. The initial response of many may be that to focus upon nonkilling is too negative, too narrow, and neglects more important things. They may find company in Gandhi's admonition that to define ahimsa (nonviolence: noninjury in thought, word, and action) as nonkilling offers little improvement over violence. The thesis of this book is that a nonkilling global society is possible and that changes in the academic discipline of political science and its social role can help to bring it about. The assumption that killing is an inevitable attribute of human nature and social life that must be accepted in the study and practice of politics is questioned as follows.

First, it is accepted that humans, biologically and by conditioning, are capable of both killing and nonkilling.

Second, it is observed that despite their lethal capability most humans are not and have not been killers.

Third, nonkilling capabilities already have been demonstrated in a wide range of social institutions that, if creatively combined and adapted, can serve as component contributions to realize nonkilling societies.

Fourth, given present and expectable scientific advances in understanding of the causes of killing, the causes of nonkilling, and causes of transition between killing and nonkilling, both the psychobiological and social factors conducive to lethality are taken to be capable of nonkilling transformative intervention.

Fifth, given the foregoing, the role of lethal human nature as the basis for acceptance of violence in political science and politics must at the very least become problematical as a foundation of the discipline.

Sixth, in order to advance toward universally desired elimination of lethality from local and global life, political scientists who are presently not persuaded of human capacity for nonkilling social transformation are invited to join in taking up the possibility as a problem to be investigated hypothetically in terms of pure theory, combining inductive and deductive elements.

Hypothetical analysis and role-playing by skeptics as well as by those who accept the possibility of nonkilling transformations can markedly assist disciplinary advance. Just as nuclear deterrence advocates and critics have been able to engage in theoretical and simulated exploration of local and global effects of limited or full-scale nuclear war, nonkilling and violence-accepting political scientists can join in constructively and critically exploring the preconditions, processes, and consequences of commitments to realize nonkilling conditions of global life.

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Nonkilling Global Political Science
Glenn Paige, Philadelphia: Xlibris Corp, 2002

Bill Bhaneja (reviewer)

In the fourth year of the new millennium, war and terrorism are the norm for resolving international conflicts. Has nothing been learned from the bloody wars of the previous century? That's the question asked by Glenn Paige, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii, in Nonkilling Global Political Science.

Paige argues that if political scientists do not seriously challenge the acceptance of lethality, then one could hardly expect citizens to do so. He also asks: "Is a nonkilling global society feasible?" then challenges his discipline, asking whether a nonkilling global political science is achievable. On both counts, his answer is a resounding "yes."

This work synthesizes decades of research by Paige, the author of The Korean Decision (1968), The Scientific Study of Political Leadership (1977), and To Nonviolent Political Science: From Seasons of Violence (1993).

The term "nonkilling" is not as comforting as "nonviolence." Mighty nations still assert pre-emptive wars without qualms. Paige shows that both the violence-accepting politics and political science of the last century have failed to suppress violence by violent means. The study of government and international politics has not addressed the root cause of global violence.

Paige's vision is for political science to diagnose the pathology of lethality, and seek to remove killing from global life. He shows that at most only about five percent of human beings have ever killed another person. Paige suggests we should train people to strengthen their resistance to killing.

He uses medical science as a metaphor. Medicine, through focusing on prevention, intervention, and post-traumatic transformation strategies, has produced both knowledge and practitioners for the preservation of life. Paige considers the same commitment to non-lethality applicable to the social sciences.

The last three chapters of the book lay out a model of a nonkilling global society. Why has the study of successful conflict resolution remained neglected? There is a long list of Nobel Peace Prize recipients who dared to take the nonviolent route for complex regime change in their respective countries, and succeeded. Their accomplishments, leadership styles, ideologies, skills, and strategies are waiting to be analyzed.

Plutarch (c. 40-120 AD) suggested some principles for the comparative study of rulers. These can be used to evaluate peaceful leadership in terms familiar to modern social science -- personality, role, organization, tasks, values, setting, and errors. This has been done for Gandhi.

Paige calls into question the Weberian dogma that acceptance of violence is required for the practice and science of politics. On this bias, he writes that
"political science has tended to be unreceptive to theoretical imagination, and this is especially true with regards to nonviolence creativity. By dismissing it in professional training as "utopian," "idealistic," and "unrealistic," political science is condemned to support perpetual lethality."

Killing that was expected to liberate, protect, and enrich has become instead a threat to human and planetary survival. Intended defences can become the source of self-destruction. Bodyguards kill their own heads of state, armies violate and impoverish their own people, and nuclear weapons proliferate to threaten their possessors.

Paige concludes that the time has come for a paradigm-shift in the discipline:
"If tradition has taught that we must kill to be free, equal and secure, the present teaches that unless we stop killing, not only freedom and equality are in jeopardy but our very survival - individual, social, and ecological - is imperiled."
Paige considers his "Nonkilling" approach to be reachable as a new sub-field of political science. The book is both provocative and creative, a wonderful tonic for these troubled times.

Reviewed by Bill Bhaneja, a former Canadian diplomat, and currently a Senior Research Fellow, Program for Research in Innovation Management and Economy (PRIME), University of Ottawa.

Some relevant works include:

Rachel M. MacNair, Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: the Psychological Consequences of Killing, Westport: Praeger Publications (2002).

Chalmers Johnson, Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, New York: Henry Holt and Company (2004).

James Waller, Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing, New York: Oxford University Press (2002).

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The Simplest Path to Personal and Planetary Transformation, Step One: FREE YOUR MIND
www.thesimplestpath.com

by Vincent Casspriano, Jr.
10 Keys for Unlocking Your Personal Potential, Achieving Spiritual Awakening, Transforming Global Culture, and Reclaiming the Promise of Humanity's Ultimate Cosmic Destiny

 

Produced by New Paradigm Press www.newparadigmpress.com.

New Paradigm Press is committed to publishing and promoting the work of authors who are actively and wholistically rewriting Earth's future - authors whose work encourages individuals to at all times express their highest personal potential, while making daily efforts toward awakening all Humanity to an evolutionary view of time, history and our individual and collective responsibility for the conscious creation of a future worthy of our highest ideals as a species.

The Simplest Path, Step One: Free Your Mind is described as delineating, in one slim volume, a complete system for achieving personal spiritual awakening, along with a straightforward, no-nonsense plan individuals and groups ,so enlightened, can follow to awaken Humanity en masse and positively transform the world. It is a practical, bare-bones toolkit designed to empower anyone willing to sufficiently apply themselves to the task to quickly recognize the true human situation, to achieve individual psychic/spiritual liberation from it, and to subsequently take on an enlightened leadership role in the much-needed near-future awakening of the greater human species.

This book, is entertaining and written in a highly readable way it galvanizes the mind into thinking in new ways and also highlights the problems that humanity as a whole is facing by giving clear examples--as shown below, regarding environment and the world of hunger.

It also has exercises that the reader can do on ther own or together with friends . Vincent has a great idea to spread his message across society so that people become more aware of the way they are constantly brainwashed by the media and the prevailing cultural norms of society.

He says some significant key questions, in his basic ground rules,

  • Aggressively question what you currently believe to be true, and question all possible alternatives with equal fervor, Accept no one answer as definitive certain or true.
  • Witness your mind`s resistance and its desperate struggle to restore a closure, certainty and sleep.
  • Hold questions open beyond your apparent psychic, breaking point Defy closure.
  • Neither believe nor doubt . Instead break through to wonder.

He sees that the way to break through is to become conscious of your brain washing or memetics and open up within the self ,the wonder and astonishment at the nature of life.

So many people in our society, accept the status quo so it is imperative that we ask people to question the nature of their life and the nature of society. Only in this way can we get positive answers in a society in rapid change and transformation

Vincent Casspriano, says his book was conceived at the crossroads of three at least apparently disconnected events:

The first was my personal spiritual quest and practice so far, now approaching its fourth decade, which allowed me to become familiar with the many religious, spiritual and scientific concepts which, together, form the nucleus of the Simplest Path - plus a great many more that have been intentionally excluded from it - and to experientially verify, firsthand, for myself, which avenues of exploration were capable of producing practical results and which were not, which worked to unveil reality as it truly is, and which led to dead ends of ego-flattering illusion.

The second event was encountering the remarkable modern science of memetics, which is an evolutionary approach to understanding human thought and behavior in terms of the mind-to-mind transfer of information by way of imitation, accomplished through the auspices of physically real, and mentally viral, entities called memes. I won't go into detail here about what memes are, how they work, or the psychic and spiritual implications of their existence, as the first six chapters of The Simplest Path, Step One: Free Your Mind are already ably dedicated to that task. A few sentences here would not do the topic justice. What matters for the purposes of this introduction is that the science of memes supplied me with a new (to me, anyway) real and metaphorical language capable of expressing spiritual concepts that had been brewing in my mind, with no clear means of coherent expression, for decades. Memes provided me with a fresh and vastly expanded context in which to understand the human mind and spirit, and to "connect-the-dots" between many apparently-unrelated spiritual ideas to reveal a cohesive picture of our Earthly human condition, as well as our genuine latent human potential, that is in equal measure frightening and inspiring of the deepest imaginable awe and personal commitment.

These first two factors, together, produced a complete transformation of my personal experience of reality and of my own unlimited potential within it.


QUOTE - ENVIRONMENT and HUNGER

In truth, ninety percent or better of all the intertwined ills currently challenging Humanity, and through us, all life on Earth, are deeply rooted in only two globally-pervasive human activities - the use of fossil fuels and eating meat.

Chances are you're well aware of the dangers of petroleum. The Greenhouse Effect, the chief culprit behind global warming, is caused by the buildup in the Earth's atmosphere of certain heat-trapping gases, the most prevalent of which is carbon dioxide produced when fossil fuels are burned (gasoline, home heating oil, natural gas, coal), and which accounts for approximately 85% of total US greenhouse emissions. The process of pulling oil out of the ground devastates the local environment. The non-fuel products we make from the stuff, like plastics, ink, synthetic rubber, paint, insecticide, fertilizer, dishwashing liquid, disposable diapers, etc., are often themselves environmentally hazardous, practically non-biodegradable, or both. Oil spills routinely ravage coastlines and ocean ecosystems, often causing irreversible environmental degradation. Worst of all, as dependent on oil as we have become, both as a fuel source and as a raw material used in the manufacture of just about everything, in recent years the writing on the wall has become undeniably clear concerning oil's future - it's a non-renewable resource, and someday very soon world supplies are going to run out. Predictions of a fast approaching "oil crash" have become a hot topic with book authors and Internet bloggers, and even global mega-corporations like British Petroleum, whose trademarked "BP" logo is now said to stand for "Beyond Petroleum," have begun to very publicly promote alter-native fuels research. In the face of soaring energy prices, increased global temperatures and violent weather patterns, melting polar ice caps expected to result in disastrous increases in sea level, etc., it is no longer possible to deny the dangers of oil, for the planet and for people everywhere.

You may be less aware of the equally-disastrous and far-reaching impact of eating meat, both on the environment and on world hunger:

  • After Carbon Dioxide, the second most destructive greenhouse gas is methane, which is generated by the gastrointestinal processes of livestock, primarily cows, sheep and goats. Pig manure, when left to ferment in giant hog-farm waste-pools, also produces hefty amounts of methane as it "cooks" in the sun. Additional sources of methane include landfills, the use of petroleum-based fertilizers, natural gas production, and coal mining. While accounting for only 12% of US greenhouse gas emissions, methane's impact on global warming is 21 times that of Carbon Dioxide.
  • Nearly 70 percent of all corn and wheat grown in industrialized countries (36 percent worldwide) is fed to farm animals, instead of to people, with the vast majority of the meat those animals produce targeted for consumption in a handful of the world's wealthiest nations. The United States, China, Brazil and the European Union, with less than one third of the world's population, consume 60% of the world's beef, over 70% of the world's poultry, and over 80% of the world's pork - commercially farmed animals which, by the time they reach the dinner table, have already, themselves, consumed the lion's share of the world's cereal grains, an obvious recipe for starvation amongst the two thirds of planetary population not lucky enough to live in one of those four centers of affluence.
  • Roughly one fifth of the world's land area is used for commercial grazing, twice that dedicated to raising crops for human consumption.
  • It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of fresh water to produce a single pound of red meat - this while, globally, one in every five humans lacks access to clean water. 2.2 million people, mostly women and children, die every year from thirst, or from drinking contaminated water because no potable source is available.
  • The industrialized slaughter and butchering of 50 billion animals worldwide annually (a number which does not include fish), and the intensive processing and refrigerated storage required for meat products adds to their environmental impact an enormous post-farm investment of fossil fuel-generated electricity, which pumps more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, exacerbating the Greenhouse Effect.

Oil use and meat consumption, combined, account for such a staggering percentage of Humankind's grossly-oversized "ecological footprint," which is a measure of how much land and water is needed to produce the resources we consume and to dispose of the waste we produce, that it is almost impossible to find even one truly pressing contemporary issue challenging Humanity that cannot be traced directly to the doorstep of one or the other of these industries, and very often to both.

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Creating a Sustainable Economy and Future On Our Planet

by Jim Bell

The San Diego/Tijuana Region http://www.jimbell.com/NewBook.htm

A Case Study

Basically, the book is an economic prosperity and security plan for the San Diego/Tijuana Region based on the economic and security benefits of making the region renewable energy, water and food self-sufficient - focusing initially on becoming renewable energy sell-sufficient.

As a case study, the book walks the reader through a fact-finding and decision making process that can be applied to create a prosperous life-support sustaining economy and way of life anywhere on our planet.

On a deeper level, the book is about people working together to insure that our descendents are born into a healthy, secure, prosperous, and life-support sustaining world.

Please give it a read and let me know what you think and feel. If you feel I'm on the right track, let other's know about the free book offer.

For people who don't have access to a computer and some people who have a dial-up internet connection, it may be difficult to down load the book or print it out. If you still want to get a book, you can get a printed version of it by sending $6 for postage and handling with your address typed out and a follow-up phone number, to:

ELSI
4862 Voltaire St.
San Diego, CA 92107
And I'll send you a printed copy.

The book is also available through the City of San Diego Library System.

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