AFWW Newsletter #13 - Theme - Economics, Ending War, Building Lasting Peace 18 July 2009

Quotable Quote
"To see the face of war's most determined supporters and peace's most deadly opponents, follow the money."
- Judith Hand

A Good Book
David C. Korten's Agenda for a New Economy: from Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth. 2009. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers

A Good Movie
"The Lord of War" Nicholas Cage in an international thriller about the munitions industry and its relationship to governments.

Another Good Movie
"The International" Clive Owen and Naomi Watts - International thriller. "They control your money. They control your government. They control your life. And everybody pays". A look at international banking.

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A Future Without War
Believe in it.
Envision it.
Work for it.
And we will achieve it.

A New AFWW Newsletter Format!

To see the face of war's most determined supporters and peace's most deadly opponents, follow the money. - Judith Hand

To make the AFWW newsletter content more widely available and interactive, we're changing the format somewhat. Topics and items of interest will be introduced, and a link will be provided to the full text on our blog. This will tighten the newsletter, allow you to quickly navigate to subjects that interest you, and allow you to post your comments.

Judith will also be on Twitter. This is a service that's similar to a blog, only with very short updates. It's FREE and fun.If you'd like to follow her there, check it out at

AFWW's Constructive Program is built on 9 cornerstones. Each cornerstone embraces a strategically critical area of work required in order to build a more just, peaceful, and ecologically sustainable world without war. One of these focus areas is economics, and the cornerstone is called "Shift Our Economies."

It is useless to proceed along this path; one cannot prepare for war and expect peace. There is no compromise possible between preparation for war, on the one hand, and preparation of a world society based on law and order on the other.
- Albert Einstein

Budgeting and War
War is a Racket

"How is it possible", Tolstoy asked, "For people endowed with reason and conscience to be deceived by argument so manifestly irrational and directed by the self-interest of the privileged few?"

In 1935, a U.S. Marine Corps Major General, Smedley Butler, wrote a fascinating book that really hasn't been bested, although time and circumstance are catching up to some of it.

Butler certainly knew his subject. He was awarded two Medals of Honor and at the time of his death, in 1940, he was the most decorated Marine in history. He was one of the first to describe the working of the military-industrial complex about which U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower would later offer a warning.
More on the book and following the money trail

You Count

Your voice, your actions, your participation counts.

  • Use Word-Of-Mouth (and the pie charts from the "Budgeting and War" entry above) to let others know how crazily out of balance budgeting priorities are.
  • Commit yourself to the vision of a future without war, because in that commitment lies the seeds of your thoughts and actions.
  • Join and support a group-like Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) or Earth Institute or Center for Global Development (CGD) or Global Marshal Plan, or some of the other 19 groups listed on the AFWW website-groups focused on making our spending priorities match the goal we want to reach - a just, warless and less violent, and ecologically sustainable future.

How do we make this change? What can you do?
Shifting our Economies

Who Profits?
A Future Without War

Contact Info
A Future Without War
Dr. Judith Hand
P.O. Box 270074, San Diego, CA 92198
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