Articles by: John Scales Avery

Vote By Mail: An Alternative To The USPS

Vote By Mail: An Alternative To The USPS

The US Postal Service is in trouble According to an article by Prof. Philip F. Rubio, entitled “Save the Postal Service”,  published in Atlantic Monthly on April 24, 2020, “The USPS has said that it needs $89 billion in assistance, including $25 billion in grants.” Republicans realize that they will lose if the 2020 election is fair Donald Trump’s disastrous[Read More…]

by July 29, 2020 World
Human Nature

Human Nature

Human nature as a central theme of philosophy What is human nature? Are we humans good or evil? To what extent is the character of a person produced by heredity, and to what extent by environment? Is competition more central to our existence than cooperation, or is it the other way around? How can a happy, peaceful and stable society[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 Book Review
Malthus Revisited

Malthus Revisited

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the excessive weight that our total human population and economy has imposed on the global environment. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Malthus-Revisited-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Malthus’ “Essay on The Principle of Population” T.R. Malthus’ {\em Essay on The Principle[Read More…]

by June 28, 2020 Resource Crisis
Crisis Means Danger And Opportunity

Crisis Means Danger And Opportunity

In written Chinese, the word “crisis” is represented by two characters. One of these, taken alone, means “danger”. The other, by itself, means “opportunity”. A crisis nearly always leads to great change. There is a danger that this will be a change for the worse. But there also is the opportunity to change society for the better – to reform[Read More…]

by June 9, 2020 World
Benefits of Equality

Benefits of Equality

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents evidence supporting the thesis that elimination of excessive economic inequality makes societies happier and better. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Benefits-of-Equality-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Ideals of the Enlightenment The Age of Reason, or the Enlightenment was an intellectual and[Read More…]

by June 3, 2020 Book Review
Lives In Education

Lives In Education

Human history as cultural history We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed. A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the history of[Read More…]

by May 30, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Living Together In Peace

Living Together In Peace

Against the institution of war The United Nations has designated the 16th of May as a day devoted to Living Together in Peace. It therefore seems appropriate to mark this day by discussing the reasons why war must be eliminated as a human institution. Science and technology are double-edged As we start the 21st century and the new millennium, our[Read More…]

by May 12, 2020 World
Trump Must Be Defeated!

Trump Must Be Defeated!

Trump Threatens the future of human civilization There is so much wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to start. He is a bully, braggart, narcicist, racist, mysogenist, habitual liar, and tax evader, in addition to being demonstrably ignorant. He has contempt for both domestic and international law, as well as for the US Constitution. However, it is[Read More…]

by May 6, 2020 World
Rebuilding After Corona

Rebuilding After Corona

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the changes that we must make to create a better world after the pandemic has ended. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Rebuilding-After-Corona-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf A better world is possible! It is hard to predict how long the terrible[Read More…]

by April 15, 2020 Uncategorized
We Need Solidarity, Not Sanctions

We Need Solidarity, Not Sanctions

Sanctions are both illegal and immoral According to the United Nations Charter, only the Security Council may impose  sanctions. No individual nation may do so. Nevertheless, the United States currently imposes economic sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equitorial Guinea, Eritria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Myanmar,[Read More…]

by April 10, 2020 World
Short-Term And Long-Term Futures

Short-Term And Long-Term Futures

We see clearly what is near to us There is a remarkable contrast in the way that governments around the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the way that they have responded to the climate emergency. The pandemic, which indeed represents an extremely grave danger to humanity, has produced a masive global response. Borders have been closed, airlines[Read More…]

by March 28, 2020 Counter Solutions
Lives In Poetry

Lives In Poetry

Human history as cultural history We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed. A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents an historical anthology[Read More…]

by March 26, 2020 Book Review
A Covid-19 Vaccine  Quickly And Cheaply

A Covid-19 Vaccine  Quickly And Cheaply

  The urgent need for a vaccine Public health experts say that if the COVID-19 epidemic is not successfully contained, it could become a global pandemic, perhaps spreading to 80% of the world’s population. With a 1% mortality rate, this would mean that 70 million people would die of the disease. With a 2% mortality rate, the total number of[Read More…]

by March 16, 2020 World
Linked Dangers To Civilization

Linked Dangers To Civilization

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the most serious dangers which the world faces today. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Linked-Dangers-to-Civilization-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Contrasting rates of change Cultural evolution depends on the non-genetic storage, transmission, diffusion and utilization of information. The development of human[Read More…]

by March 12, 2020 Book Review, Editor's Picks
Lives In Painting

Lives In Painting

Human history as cultural history We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed. A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which tells the story of[Read More…]

by March 7, 2020 Arts/Literature
John Avery

Collected Essays, Volume V

A new freely-downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a new book, with the title, “Collected Essays, Volume V”. The book contains articles on the serious problems that are facing the world today. It may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Collected-Essays-by-John-Scales-Avery-Part-Five.pdf Other books and articles on global problems can be found on these[Read More…]

by February 22, 2020 Book Review
Kicking The Habit

Kicking The Habit

Our addiction to fossil fuels can kill us The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed. The effect on human society was like that of a[Read More…]

by February 10, 2020 Uncategorized
Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change

Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which deals with the world’s failure to adequately address the existential danger of catastrophic climate change. The book consists mainly of book chapters and articles that I have previously published, although a considerable amount of new material has been added. It can be freely downloaded[Read More…]

by January 28, 2020 Climate Change
Lives In Engineering

Lives In Engineering

Human history as cultural history At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is an indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations[Read More…]

by January 23, 2020 Book Review
Attacks On Iran, Past And Present

Attacks On Iran, Past And Present

The assassination of General Qasem Soleimani On Friday, 3 January, 2020, progressives in the United States and all peace-loving people throughout the world were horrified to learn that Donald Tromp had added to his long list of crimes and imbicilities by ordering the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, who is a hero in his own country, Iran. The murder, which[Read More…]

by January 4, 2020 World
Lives In Astronomy

Lives In Astronomy

Human history as cultural history At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is an indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations[Read More…]

by January 3, 2020 Book Review
Terrorism: A False Threat

Terrorism: A False Threat

Is the threat of terrorism real? Or is it like the barking of a dog driving a herd? The threat of catastrophic climate change is very real indeed. The threat to future global food security is real too. Already 11 million children die every year from malnutrition and poverty-related causes. The threat to human civilization and the biosphere posed by[Read More…]

by December 19, 2019 Book Review
Our Children’s Future

Our Children’s Future

Loving care for our children We give our children loving care, but it makes no sense to do so unless we do everything in our power to give them a future world in which they can survive. We also have a duty to our grandchildren, and to all future generations. Today we are faced with the threat of an environmental[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 Book Review
Criticism Of Israel Is Not Antisemiticism

Criticism Of Israel Is Not Antisemiticism

Outstanding contributions of Jewish culture Let us begin by recognizing the brilliant contributions that Jewish intellectuals have given to the world. Of the three great monotheistic Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Judaism was the first. Thus the religious traditions of much of the world have their roots in Jewish culture. We should also acknowledge the remarkable intellectual achievements of[Read More…]

by December 2, 2019 World
Fighting For America’s Soul

Fighting For America’s Soul

Democratic institutions are in danger Today there is a deep split in public opinion in the United States. Democratic institutions are in danger from racism and neo-fascism. Progressives are fighting to save the values and institutions on which their country was founded. They are fighting to save America’s soul. Racism, discrimination and xenophobia Progressives today would like to eliminate all[Read More…]

by November 20, 2019 Book Review
Cultural History – John Avery Offers Another Freely Downloadable Book

Cultural History – John Avery Offers Another Freely Downloadable Book

Reformed teaching of history Human nature has two sides: It has a dark side, to which nationalism and militarism appeal; but our species also has a genius for cooperation, which we can see in the growth of culture. Our modern civilization has been built up by means of a worldwide exchange of ideas and inventions. It is built on the[Read More…]

by November 18, 2019 Book Review
According to the Ecological Footprint Network, humans currently consume at a rate 1.7 times what Earth’s generative capacity can sustain—and the gap is growing. (Photo by Lee Scott on Unsplash.)

The Passions of Mankind

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses himan emotions from an evolutionary perspective. The book consists mainly of book chapters and articles that I have previously published, although some new material has been added. It can be frely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-Passions-of-Mankind-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Human emotions: An evolutionary[Read More…]

by October 22, 2019 Book Review
We Need Peace In The Middle East

We Need Peace In The Middle East

We need solidarity to face future stress Stress can produce conflict. For example shortages of food or water can lead to regional wars.  But wars only make original problems worse. Today the world is facing a number of severe problems, and solidarity will be needed to minimize the suffering with which we and future generations are threatened. The problems include[Read More…]

by October 2, 2019 World
Trump’s Major Crimes

Trump’s Major Crimes

Impeachment finally under way The long-delayed impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are finally starting, but at present the focus is on a relatively minor crime – the Ukrane-Biden scandal. However, Trump has committed (and is still committing) major crimes, and these ought to be in the spotlight. Let us look at a few of them. Let’s look at his major[Read More…]

by September 30, 2019 World
Howard Terpning. Medicine Man, 1983

Lives In Medicine – A new freely downloadable book by John Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a book, which reviews the history of medicine through the lives and thoughts of some of the women and men who have contributed importantly to the field.. The book covers developments from ancient times to the present, and modern topics, such as biosemiotics, cloning and theories of the origin of life are[Read More…]

by September 29, 2019 Book Review
Lives In Ecology – A new freely downloadable book by John Avery

Lives In Ecology – A new freely downloadable book by John Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a book, which reviews the lives and thoughts of some of the women and men who have addressed the crucial problems of ecology and sustainability that we are currently facing. I have tried to let them speak to us in their own words. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from[Read More…]

by September 16, 2019 Book Review, Counter Solutions
Fascism Then And Now: A New Book

Fascism Then And Now: A New Book

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, entitled “Fascism, Then and Now”. It  can be freely downloaded from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Fascism-then-and-now-John-Scales-Avery.pdf Please circulate the link to your friends who might be interested. Parallels between fascism of the 1930’w and neo-fascism today There  are many extremely worrying similarities between fascism in Europe in the 1930’s and[Read More…]

by August 20, 2019 Book Review
Lives In Economics

Lives In Economics

Their lives can help us today I would like to announce the publication of a book describing the lives of some of the people who have contributed importantly to economic thought. Their lives can help us today, as the world faces a crisis that has both economic dimensions. The book can be freely downloaded from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Lives-in-economics-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf The[Read More…]

by August 2, 2019 Life/Philosophy
Lives In The Peace Movement

Lives In The Peace Movement

I would like to announce the publication of a book describing the lives of some of the people who have contributed importantly to the peace movement. The book can be freely downloaded from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Lives-in-the-peace-movement-by-John-Scales-Avery.pdf I hope that the lives of these women and men can inspire us as we work together to abolish the institution of war. [Read More…]

by July 10, 2019 Life/Philosophy
India We Want: The Future

India We Want: The Future

Dangers facing the world today Today, at the start of the 21st century, human civilization and the biosphere face two existential threats: the danger of uncontrollable catastrophic climate change, and the danger of an all-destroying thermonuclear war. We must also be aware that population growth, climate change, and the end of the fossil fuel era may lead to a very[Read More…]

by June 24, 2019 India
Climate Crisis And The 2020 US Elections

Climate Crisis And The 2020 US Elections

Trump and his party must be defeated There are so many things wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to begin. He is a racist, habitual liar, tax evader, cruel cager of infants, misogynist, narcissist, bully, violator of numerous laws, both national and international, a friend of rich oligarchs and enemy of the poor, to mention only a[Read More…]

by June 13, 2019 Climate Change
Mainstream Under – Reporting of the Climate Crisis

Mainstream Under – Reporting of the Climate Crisis

Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. A speech by Bill Moyers At an April 30 conference entitled “Covering Climate Now”, co-sponsored by The Nation and Colombia Journalism Review, Bill Moyers made a speech which included[Read More…]

by May 25, 2019 Climate Change
Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster

Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster

On Monday, 13 May 2019, the New York Times posted an article with the title “White House Reviews Military Plams Against Iran. in Echoes of Iraq War”. Besides the aircraft carrier and other naval forces already sent to the Persian Gulf, plans include sending as many as 120,000 US troops to the region. There is a great danger that an[Read More…]

by May 15, 2019 Uncategorized
Money, Media And The Climate Crisis

Money, Media And The Climate Crisis

Immediate action is needed to save the future The central problem which the world faces in its  efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately. But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind[Read More…]

Julian Assange, a martyr to the truth

Julian Assange, a martyr to the truth

The jaws of power “The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.”  John Adams, (1735-1826) According to the Nuremberg Principles, the citizens of a country have a responsibility for the crimes that their governments commit. But to prevent these crimes, the[Read More…]

by April 12, 2019 Human Rights
Floods In Iran And Climate Change

Floods In Iran And Climate Change

According to a recent United Nations report, extreme weather events displaced 2 million people during 2018. While no single event can be unambiguously attributed to anthropogenic climate change, scientists believe the the increasing frequency of extreme weather events is definitely linked to global warming. The World Meteorological Organization’s statement on the state of global climate in 2018 can be found[Read More…]

by March 31, 2019 Climate Change
We Need An Ecological Revolution

We Need An Ecological Revolution

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “We Need  An Ecological Revolution”. The book can be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/We-need-an-ecological-revolution-John-Scales-Avery.pdf If printed copies are desired, they are avilable from Lulu.com Our present crisis of civilization is unique Does history repeat itself? Is it cyclic, or is it unidirectional? Certainly many[Read More…]

by March 27, 2019 Climate Change, Editor's Picks
Worldwide school strike, 15 March, 2019: Largest Climate Action In History Neglected By The Media

Worldwide school strike, 15 March, 2019: Largest Climate Action In History Neglected By The Media

Over 1.5 million young students across all continents took to the streets on Friday March 15th for the first ever global climate strike. Messages in more than 40 languages were loud and clear: world leaders must act now to address the climate crisis and save our future. The school strike was the largest climate action in history. Nevertheless it went[Read More…]

by March 19, 2019 Climate Change
Kashmir: What Would Gandhi Say?

Kashmir: What Would Gandhi Say?

We are on the brink of a disaster What would Mahatma Gandhi say about the threat of war between India and Pakistan,  which has brought the two nations and the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe? Throughout the struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi was faced with the serious problem of avoiding conflict between religious groups once independence had[Read More…]

by February 28, 2019 Kashmir
Saving The Future

Saving The Future

Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. Here is a recent statement by Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the World Future Council: “Today we are heading for unprecedented dangers and conflicts, up to and including the[Read More…]

by February 13, 2019 Counter Solutions
Information Technology And The Media

Information Technology And The Media

Misuse of Information Technology The role of the media Throughout history, art was commissioned by rulers to communicate, and exaggerate, their power, glory, absolute rightness etc, to the populace. The pyramids gave visual support to the power of the Pharaoh; portraits of rulers are a traditional form of propaganda supporting monarchies; and palaces were built as symbols of power. Modern[Read More…]

by January 25, 2019 World
A WORLD FEDERATION : The World As It Is And The World As It Could Be

A WORLD FEDERATION : The World As It Is And The World As It Could Be

What kind of world do we want for the future? We want a world where war is abolished as an institution, and where the enormous resources now wasted on war are used constructively. We want a world where a stable population of moderate size lives in comfort and security, free from fear of hunger or unemployment. We want a world[Read More…]

by December 20, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Countercurrents And The Ethics of Mahatma Gandhi

Countercurrents And The Ethics of Mahatma Gandhi

Binu Mathew is the heroic and dedicated editor of the Internet journal “Countercurrents”. He lives in the Kerala Provence of India, which has recently been hit by enormous floods, despite which he continues to publish his vitally important journal every day. An interview with Editor Binu Mathew, in which he describes his early life, his education, and how he became[Read More…]

by December 19, 2018 Editor's Picks, Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Excerpts From A Proposed Earth Constitution

A WORLD FEDERATION – Excerpts From A Proposed Earth Constitution

Here are some excerpts from a proposed Earth Constitution. The full text can be found on the following link: English 1 Preamble • Realizing that Humanity today has come to a turning point in history and that we are on the threshold of an new world order which promises to usher in an era of peace, prosperity, justice and harmony;[Read More…]

by December 18, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION: New Ideas

A WORLD FEDERATION: New Ideas

Figure 1: L´aszlo´ Szombatfalvy, a highly successful Swedish businessman born in Budapest in 1927. His concern regarding threats to human civilization and the biosphere led him to establish the Global Challenges Foundation and the 2017 New Shape Awards. La´szl´o Szombatfalvy was born in Budapest in 1927. He came to Sweden as a refugee in 1956 because of the dangerous conditions[Read More…]

by December 17, 2018 Life/Philosophy
The Kidnaping of Meng Wanzhou

The Kidnaping of Meng Wanzhou

The UN Security Council alone has the power to impose sanctions According to the Charter of the United Nations, only the UN Security Council has a mandate by the international community to apply sanctions (Article 41) that must be complied with by all UN member states (Article 2,2). Therefore sanctions on Iran, unilatterally imposed by the United States government, are[Read More…]

by December 16, 2018 World
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 8: Federalism And Global Governance

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 8: Federalism And Global Governance

“To coerce the states is one of the maddest projects that was ever devised… What is the cure for this great evil? Nothing, but to enable the… laws to operate on individuals, in the same manner as those of states do.” Alexander Hamilton, 1787 1 A personal note I have been a World Federalist ever since 1954. Sixty-four years ago,[Read More…]

by December 15, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 7: Inequality, Oligarchy And Climate Change

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 7: Inequality, Oligarchy And Climate Change

“Every Night & every Morn, Some to Misery are Born. Every Night & every Morn, Some are Born to sweet delight. Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to Endless Night.” William Blake “Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not.” Hilaire Beloc 1 Intolerable economic inequality The excessive inequality that we can see[Read More…]

by December 14, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 6: The Collective Punishment In The Middle East

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 6: The Collective Punishment In The Middle East

1 Sanctions as collective punishment Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, collective punishment is war crime. Article 33 states that “No protected person may be punished for an offense that he or she did not personally commit.” At present, we treat nations as though they were persons: We punish entire nations by sanctions, even when only the leaders are guilty, even[Read More…]

by December 13, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 5 – Nuclear Weapons As Collective Punishment

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 5 – Nuclear Weapons As Collective Punishment

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our ways of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophes.” “I don’t know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones.” Albert Einstein 1 The erosion of ethical principles during World War II When Hitler invaded Poland in September, 1939,[Read More…]

by December 11, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 4– Individual Responsibility: The Nurenberg Principles

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 4– Individual Responsibility: The Nurenberg Principles

1 The training of soldiers Within individual countries, murder is rightly considered to be the worst of crimes. But the institution of war tries to convince us that if a soldier murders someone from another country, whom the politicians have designated as an “enemy”, it is no longer a crime, no longer a violation of the common bonds of humanity.[Read More…]

by December 9, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 3– Human Rights

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 3– Human Rights

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the Governed.” Thomas Jefferson, 1776 1 Adoption[Read More…]

by December 8, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 2– The United Nations Charter

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 2– The United Nations Charter

1 The San Francisco Conference After the unspeakable horrors of World War II, delegates from 50 Allied nations met in San Francisco California. The purpose of the conference, which took place between 25 April and 26 June, 1945, was to set up an international organization that would be able to abolish the institution of war. However, the Charter which the[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 Life/Philosophy
John Scales Avery Interviews Dr. David Krieger

John Scales Avery Interviews Dr. David Krieger

Dear David, I have long admired your dedicated and heroic life-long work for the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. You did me the great honour of making me an Advisor  to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF). You are both the Founder and the President of the  NAPF. Could you tell us a little about your family, and your early[Read More…]

by December 5, 2018 Editor's Picks, Life/Philosophy
A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 1 – The History of International Law

A WORLD FEDERATION – Chapter 1 – The History of International Law

“With law shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.” Njal’s Saga, Iceland, c 1270. 1 What is law? After the invention of agriculture, roughly 10,000 years ago, humans began to live in progressively larger groups, which were sometimes multi-ethnic. In order to make towns, cities and finally nations function without excessive injustice and violence, both ethical[Read More…]

by December 4, 2018 Life/Philosophy
A World Federation

A World Federation

  “With law shall our land be built up, but with lawlessness laid waste.” Njal’s Saga, Iceland, c 1270 AD The present United Nations Charter After the unspeakable horrors of World War II, delegates from 50 Allied nations met in San Francisco California. The purpose of the conference, which took place between 25 April and 26 June, 1945, was to[Read More…]

by November 30, 2018 World
John Scales Avery Interviews Binu Mathew

John Scales Avery Interviews Binu Mathew

John Scales Avery: Dear friend and colleague in the peace movement, dear highly respected and admired Editor Binu Mathew, can you  tell us about your childhood and education? What are the influences that led you to become the Editor of Countercurrents.org, one of the world’s most important and influential alternative news websites? Binu: I hail from Kerala state, India, the[Read More…]

by November 21, 2018 Editor's Picks, Life/Philosophy
The Importance of Alternative Media

The Importance of Alternative Media

The superficiality of today’s television Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the futures predicted in Nineteen Eighty Four andBrave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book “Amusing Ourselves to Death”. He wrote: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted[Read More…]

by October 29, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Population And The Environment

Population And The Environment

One hopes that human wisdom and ethics will continue to grow, but unlimited growth of population and industry on a finite earth is a logical impossibility. Today we are pressing against the absolute limits of the earth’s carrying capacity. There are many indications that the explosively increasing global population of humans, and the growth of pollution-producing and resource-using industries are[Read More…]

by August 5, 2018 Resource Crisis
John Avery

The Information Explosion

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “The Information Explosion”. This book discusses the role of information in evolution, and especially in the evolution of human culture. Articles and book chapters that I have previously written on this subject are incorporated in the text in modified forms, but more than half of the material is[Read More…]

by May 18, 2018 Uncategorized
The Devil’s Dynamo

The Devil’s Dynamo

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “The Devil’s Dynamo”. It is a collection of articles and book chapters that I have written about the way in which military-industrial complexes throughout the world drive and perpetuate the institution of war. A considerable amount of new material has also been added. The book can be freely[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 Imperialism
Refuting Nuclear Winter Denial

Refuting Nuclear Winter Denial

We are all familiar with the climate change denial of Donald Trump and the US Republican Party. Motivated by the greed of giant fossil fuel corporations, climate change denial contradicts the research of the vast majority of scientists and endangers the futire of human civilization and the biosphere. There exists another very similar greed-motivated denial: It is the denial of[Read More…]

by February 22, 2018 World
Human Nature And Human Destiny

Human Nature And Human Destiny

When he was between the ages of 11 and 16, Paul Gauguin attended a Catholic boarding school in France. At the school, the Bishop of Orléalns himself taught the class in liturgy. The bishop had devised a catechism in which three main questions were asked: “Where does humanity come from? Where is it going? How do we proceed?” It is[Read More…]

by February 16, 2018 Life/Philosophy
“The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales” – John Avery’s Latest Book Free To Download

“The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales” – John Avery’s Latest Book Free To Download

I am working on a book with the title “THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Two time scales”. A pdf file of a first draft of the book can be freely downloaded from the following link: http://www.fredsakademiet.dk/library/climate.pdf I urge you to download this file and to send the link or file to friends who might be interested. Also, if you have a website,[Read More…]

by November 14, 2017 Climate Change, Editor's Picks
U.S Democrats Must Reform Their Party

U.S Democrats Must Reform Their Party

  In her recent book “What Happened”, Hillory Clinton makes endless tearful, self-pitying excuses for the disastros 2016 US election, in which the climate-change-denying, racist, wealth-worshipping Republican Party gained control over the Presidency, the Congress and the Senate. But what really happened in that terrible election was that voters were faced with a choice between two evils, and many disillutioned[Read More…]

by November 4, 2017 World
Can We Get Rid Of Nuclear Weapons And War Itself?

Can We Get Rid Of Nuclear Weapons And War Itself?

To: Hon Mr Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister Hon Mr Anders Samuelsen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Mr Mr. Ib Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to the United Nations Hon Mr Carsten Staur, Ambassador of Denmark to the UN in Geneva CC: Danish members of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament and other friends in the Danish Parliament Dear friends,[Read More…]

by October 31, 2017 World
We Need Their Voices, And Yours!

We Need Their Voices, And Yours!

    Saint Francis said: “Blessed is he who loves and does not therefore desire to be loved; Blessed is he who fears and does not therefore desire to be feared; Blessed is he who serves and does not therefore desire to be served; Blessed is he who behaves well toward others and does not desire that others behave well[Read More…]

by June 28, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Helen Keller, We Need Your Voice Today!

Helen Keller, We Need Your Voice Today!

  Annie Sullivan becomes Helen’s teacher Helen Keller was born in 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her father had served as a captain in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and her mother, Kate Adams, was the daughter of a Confederate general. She was also related to Robert E. Lee, so by birth she was certainly a Southerner. Today[Read More…]

by June 27, 2017 Life/Philosophy
George Orwell, We Need Your Voice Today!

George Orwell, We Need Your Voice Today!

  A lower-upper middle class family and education Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was the great-grandson of Charles Blair, a wealthy country gentleman, and Lady Mary Fane, daughter of the Earl of Westmorland. Over the generations that separated Eric Blair from his great-grandparents, some of the gentility remained but most of the wealth[Read More…]

by June 26, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Bertha von Suttner: We Need Your Voice Today!

Bertha von Suttner: We Need Your Voice Today!

  Early life and marriage Baroness Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was born in Prague as Countess Kinsky. She was the posthumous daughter of a Field Marshall, and during the first part of her life, she accepted the military traditions of her family. Later she vigorously opposed militarism, and she became a leader of the peace movement. It was her arguments[Read More…]

by June 23, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Edna St. Vincent Millay: We Need Your Voice Today

Edna St. Vincent Millay: We Need Your Voice Today

          The beautiful red-haired American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), is known for her lyric poetry, but she also wrote some of the finest sonnets in the English language, combining classic form with modern imagery. Many of these sonnets are based on the emotions that she experienced in her love affairs with both men and[Read More…]

by June 22, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Albert Einstein, We Need Your Voice Today!

Albert Einstein, We Need Your Voice Today!

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our ways of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophes.” “I don’t know what will be used in the next world war, but the 4th will be fought with stones.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Besides being one of the greatest physicists of all time, Albert Einstein was a lifelong pacifist,[Read More…]

by June 21, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Wilfred Owen, We Need Your Voice Today!

Wilfred Owen, We Need Your Voice Today!

Experssing the horror of war Wilfred Owen and his mentor, Siegfried Sassoon were two poets who eloquently described the horrors of World War I. They met in a military hospital, after both had been wounded in the war. Owen had been writing poetry since the age of 11, but not about war. When he became friends with Sassoon during their[Read More…]

by June 20, 2017 Uncategorized
Martin Luther King, We Need Your Voice Today!

Martin Luther King, We Need Your Voice Today!

The son of a southern Baptist minister, Martin Luther King, Jr received his Ph.D. in theology from Boston University in 1955. During his studies, he had admired Thoreau’s essay “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience,” and he had also been greatly moved by the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King applies the teachings of Thoreau and Gandhi to the[Read More…]

by June 19, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Mahatma Gandhi, We Need Your Voice Today!

Mahatma Gandhi, We Need Your Voice Today!

If humans are ever to achieve a stable global society in the future, they will have to become much more modest in their economic behavior and much more peaceful in their politics. For both modesty and peace, Gandhi is a useful source of ideas. The problems with which he struggled during his lifetime are extremely relevant to us in the[Read More…]

by June 18, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Count Leo Tolstoy, We Need Your Voice Today!

Count Leo Tolstoy, We Need Your Voice Today!

  Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828. While he was still a child, his parents died, and he became Count Tolstoy, with responsibility for the family estate at Yasnaya Polyana. As a young man, he was attracted to the gay and worldly social life of Moscow, but his diary during this period shows remorse over his pursuit of sensual pleasures.[Read More…]

by June 17, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Henry David Thoreau, We Need Your Voice Today!

Henry David Thoreau, We Need Your Voice Today!

In the distant future (and perhaps even in the not-so-distant future) industrial civilization will need to abandon its relentless pursuit of unnecessary material goods and economic growth. Modern society will need to re-establish a balanced and harmonious relationship with nature. In preindustrial societies harmony with nature is usually a part of the cultural tradition. In our own time, the same[Read More…]

by June 16, 2017 Life/Philosophy
John Stuart Mill and his stepdaughter Helen Taylor, with whom he worked for fifteen years after the death of his wife, Harriet Taylor Mills (Wikipedia).

John Stuart Mill, We Need Your Voice Today!

He was not allowed to have a childhood John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) showed his genius at an early age, and his father, the Utilitarian philosopher and political economist James Mill, immediately began to groom him to replace Jeremy Bentham as the leader of the Utilitarian movement. From the age of 3 onwards, Mill was deliberately kept away from children of[Read More…]

by June 15, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Robert Owen, We Need Your Voice Today!

Robert Owen, We Need Your Voice Today!

  A pioneer of social reform During the early phases of the Industrial Revolution in England, the workers suffered greatly. Enormous fortunes were made by mill and mine owners, while workers, including young children, were paid starvation wages for cruelly long working days. However, trade unions, child labor laws, and the gradual acceptance of birth control finally produced a more[Read More…]

by June 13, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Percy Bysshe Shelley: We Need Your Voice Today!

Percy Bysshe Shelley: We Need Your Voice Today!

  A pioneer of non-violent resistance to tyranny Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Shelley is today considered to be one of the major English-language poets. Less well known is the fact that he was a pioneer of non-violent resistance to tyranny, whose ideas influenced Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. Percy Bysshe Shelley was the eldest legitimate son[Read More…]

by June 12, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Thomas Robert Malthus, We Need Your Voice Today!

Thomas Robert Malthus, We Need Your Voice Today!

    A debate between father and son T.R. Malthus’ “Essay on The Principle of Population”, the first edition of which was published in 1798, was one of the the first systematic studies of the problem of population in relation to resources. Earlier discussions of the problem had been published by Boterro in Italy, Robert Wallace in England, and Benjamin[Read More…]

by June 11, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Marquis De Condorcet, We Need Your Voice Today

Marquis De Condorcet, We Need Your Voice Today

  A vision of human progress In France the Marquis de Condorcet had written an equally optimistic book, “Esquisse d’un Tableau Historique des Progres de l’Esprit Humain”. Condorcet’s optimism was unaffected even by the fact that at the time when he was writing he was in hiding, under sentence of death by Robespierre’s government. Like Godwin’s “Political Justice”, this book[Read More…]

by June 10, 2017 Life/Philosophy
William Godwin in a painting by James Northcote (Wikipedia).

William Goldwin, We Need Your Voice Today!

Political Justice In 1793 the English novelist and philosopher William Godwin published an enormously optimistic book, “Political Justice”. As the eighteenth century neared its end, this book became the focus of hopes for political reform and the center of the debate on human progress. Godwin was lifted briefly to enormous heights of fame and adulation, from which he plunged, a[Read More…]

by June 9, 2017 Life/Philosophy
We Need Their Voices Today: Mary Wollstonecraft

We Need Their Voices Today: Mary Wollstonecraft

  The first of a new genus Mary Wollstonecraft was born in London 1n 1759. Although her family had a comfortable income during her childhood, Mary’s father later lost his fortune through speculation, and the family entered a period of severe financial difficulties. He also subjected his wife to physical violence, and Mary often  slept in front of her mother’s[Read More…]

by June 8, 2017 Life/Philosophy
We Need Their Voices Today: Thomas Jefferson

We Need Their Voices Today: Thomas Jefferson

  Jefferson’s Education Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was born in the British Colony of Virginia. His father, Peter Jefferson, who was a planter and surveyor, died when Thomas Jefferson was 14 years old, and Thomas inherited an estate of approximately 5000 acres. At the age of 16, Jefferson entered the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia. His studies there[Read More…]

by June 7, 2017 Life/Philosophy
We Need Their Voices Today: Thomas Paine

We Need Their Voices Today: Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine, defender of democracy, defender of human rights, defender of ordinary citizens against the tyranny of oligarchies, we need your voice today!

by June 5, 2017 Life/Philosophy
We Need Their Voices Today: William Blake

We Need Their Voices Today: William Blake

Education as an engraver and printmaker William Blake was born in 1757 in the Soho district of London. He was the third of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. His parents, who were English Dissenters, seem to have been reasonable wealthy during his childhood, since his father was able to purchase many books for him. Among these were[Read More…]

by June 3, 2017 Life/Philosophy
We Need Their Voices Today: Saint Francis of Assisi

We Need Their Voices Today: Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi was born in 1181 in the Italian hilltop town of Assisi. His father, Pietro di Bernardone, was a prosperous silk merchant, and his mother Pica de Bourlemont, was a noblewoman from Provence. Saint Francis was originally called Giovanni, but his father later renamed him Francesco because of his successful business dealings in France and his admiration[Read More…]

by June 2, 2017 Life/Philosophy
We Need Their Voices Today!

We Need Their Voices Today!

We are honored to serialize the new book by John Scales Avery “We Need Their Voices Today!”. We are publishing the Preface of the book today. The chapters will be published in the coming days

by June 1, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Trump And The Deep State

Trump And The Deep State

In his book, “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”, Mike Lofgren called attention to the fact that much of the real power in Washington is not controlled by the President and members of Congress, but is in the hands of multi-billion-dollar organizations that are not only huge, but also unelected and[Read More…]

by February 18, 2017 World
Individual Responsibility

Individual Responsibility

The duty of individuals living under an unjust government. There are many governments today that can be described unjust, and some that even deserve to be called fascist. What is the duty of the individual citizen, living under such a government? What was the duty of a German, living under Hitler? The thoughts of Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi and Martin Luther[Read More…]

by January 20, 2017 Life/Philosophy
We Must Not Demonize And Threaten Russia

We Must Not Demonize And Threaten Russia

Eisenhower’s warning In his famous farwell address, US President Dwight Eisenhower eloquently described the terrible effects of an overgrown military-industrial complex. Here are his words: “We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions…. This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence, economic,[Read More…]

by January 15, 2017 World
Tribalism, Nationalism And Fascism

Tribalism, Nationalism And Fascism

Fascism appeals directly to the lowest human emotions. Fascism calls up the devils of tribalism and nationalism. Therefore it is fundamentally antisocial and destructive. At the same time, the low, emotional appeal of fascism has led to its political success

by January 4, 2017 Counter Solutions
Europe Must Not Be A Vassal To Trump’s USA

Europe Must Not Be A Vassal To Trump’s USA

Today human civilization and the biosphere face two existential threats: catastrophic climate change, and thermonuclear war. Each of these disasters could cause mass extinctions, and each could make large portions of the earth permanently uninhabitable. The hubris of oligarchic leaders in the United States is leading the world directly towards both these threats; and this is particularly true after the[Read More…]

by December 15, 2016 World
Trump Threatens Us With Climate Disaster

Trump Threatens Us With Climate Disaster

  By sabotaging Bernie Sander’s primary campaign, the Democratic National Committee seems to have committed suicide and destroyed the Democratic party. USA’s mass media were also responsible for the stolen primary, and for Trump’s election to the US Presidency. Bernie was the people’s choice, and he would easily have defeated Donald Trump. Americans suffering from economic hardship would have been[Read More…]

by November 9, 2016 World
Mikhail Gorbachev Appeals For Sanity

Mikhail Gorbachev Appeals For Sanity

  President Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union and recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, has appealed to world leaders to reduce the dangerous the tensions which today threaten to plunge human civilization and  the biosphere into an all-destroying nuclear war. In an October 10 interview with RIA Novosti, Gorbachev said: “I think the world has reached[Read More…]

by October 28, 2016 World
Science And Society

Science And Society

  I would like to announce that an updated and very much enlarged edition of mu book “Science and Society” will very soon be published by World Scientific (in November, 2016). The book can be purchased at a 20% discount at the following address by quoting the code number WSSPPS20. http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/10227 This book has a very interesting history. In 1986,[Read More…]

by October 4, 2016 Life/Philosophy
Fossil Fuels: At What Price?

Fossil Fuels: At What Price?

We often read comparisons between the prices of solar energy or wind energy with the prices of fossil fuels. It is encouraging to see that renewables are rapidly becoming competitive, and are often cheaper than coal or oil. In fact, if coal, oil and natural gas were given their correct prices renewables would be recognized as being incomparably cheaper than[Read More…]

by September 7, 2016 Resource Crisis
Human Nature: An Evolutionary Paradox

Human Nature: An Evolutionary Paradox

Today, human greed and folly are destroying the global environment. As if this were not enough, there is a great threat to civilization and the biosphere from an all-destroying thermonuclear war. Both of these severe existential threats  are due to faults our inherited emotional nature. From the standpoint of evolutionary theory, this is a paradox. As a species, we are[Read More…]

by August 12, 2016 Life/Philosophy
Mainstream Media Are Betraying Humanity

Mainstream Media Are Betraying Humanity

“Donald Trump is bad for America, but he is good for CBS” Leslie Roy Moonves, President of CBS Physicians have a sacred duty to their patients, whose lives are in their hands. The practice of medicine is not a business like any other business. There are questions of  trust and duty involved. The physician’s goal must not be to make[Read More…]

by July 30, 2016 Life/Philosophy
US Elections Cry Out For Reform!

US Elections Cry Out For Reform!

  As many observers around the world have pointed out, the United States is no longer a true democracy. It is an oligarchy. The US government ignores the safety, wishes and needs of  the majority of its citizens, and instead makes decisions which will bring profit to enormous corporations, or satisfy the wishes of powerful lobbies. Governmental secrecy occurs in[Read More…]

by July 11, 2016 World
NATO Threatens Europe With Annihilation

NATO Threatens Europe With Annihilation

NATO is supposed to be a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to “protect Europe from aggression”; but today it is aggressive tool of the United States. Today NATO is threatening to drive Europe into an all-destroying thermonuclear war with Russia. In recent years, participation in NATO has made European countries accomplices in US efforts to achieve global hegemony by means[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 Imperialism