Nonviolence is powerful! Gene Sharp’s theory of power supports nonviolent action and nonviolent resistance

March 17, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Gene Sharp was perhaps the world’s greatest researcher about the power of NONVIOLENCE in protecting populations from invaders, dictators and oppressors.  I have enjoyed — and learned much from — reading the books he wrote since the 1970s. For more than half a century, Gene Sharp has researched and written about nonviolence and how to use it effectively. I recommend the publications available at his website, the Albert Einstein Institution, www.aeinstein.org.  Many of them can be downloaded for free. When I conduct workshops about the power and practicality of nonviolence, I include insights from Gene Sharp’s thinking.  I encourage people […]

International Humanitarian Law: Watch interview and/or read information

February 29, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The March 2020 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” TV series — which YOU CAN WATCH THROUGH THIS BLOG POST — will help you understand a topic that very few Americans understand: International Humanitarian Law.  You can also READ A THOROUGH SUMMARY of what we said during the interview.  Those links are below. Also, the interview will air three times a week throughout March 2020 (Mondays 1:30 pm, Wednesdays 5:00 pm, and Thursdays 9:00 pm) on TCTV cable channel 22 for cable TV subscribers in Thurston County WA.  See www.tcmedia.org for their complete schedules on all channels. Overwhelmingly, the public wants […]

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar Has a Plan to Revolutionize U.S. Foreign Policy

February 27, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Ever since the 1940s, the U.S.’s foreign policy has been overwhelmingly bi-partisan.  Regardless of which party is running the Executive Branch or the Congress, the U.S. has promoted a U.S. empire that has dominated much of the world politically, economically and militarily. Dick Cheney’s horribly stupid and cruel Endless War on Terrorism persisted through 8 years of George W. Bush’s presidency — and through 8 more years of Obama.  Obama actually ESCALATED some aspects of the Bush-Cheney abuses!  Obama escalated the drone wars, deployed military “Special Forces” to parts of Africa, radically increased the deportation of Latin American immigrants, and […]

Nuclear Weapons: SIGN UP NOW for a fascinating, informative course: 4 Monday evenings, February 24 to March 16 in Olympia

February 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

The course is titled: “Nuclear Weapons Nowadays: What You Can Know and Do” Now is the time to sign up for this fascinating and engaging opportunity! Four active and well informed members of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – Joanne Dufour, Mark Fleming, Jim Manista and Glen Anderson – will conduct a four-session course at Olympia Unitarian-Universalist Congregation from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on four consecutive Mondays (Feb 24, March 2, March 9, and March 16) in OUUC’s Classroom 3. The course is very attractive, compelling, and humane.  See this attached document for a good description of the […]

Economic sanctions are NOT an alternative to war: Economic warfare hurts innocent people in Iran and beyond.

February 8, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Economic sanctions are NOT an alternative to war.  They are a different kind of war.  Economic warfare hurts innocent people in Iran and beyond. See this article:  https://prospect.org/world/iran-us-sanctions-not-an-alternative-to-war/?emci=579268f9-3348-ea11-a1cc-00155d03b1e8&emdi=58f46a98-3548-ea11-a1cc-00155d03b1e8&ceid=1152075 Also, see this article I wrote in mid-2019 that makes a similar case against economic sanctions:  Economic sanctions are bullying without bombing or sending troops    

To reduce gun violence, the U.S. must STOP THE WARS and CREATE A NONVIOLENT FOREIGN POLICY!

January 19, 2020 GlenAnderson 0

Overwhelmingly huge percentages of the American people support various proposals for reducing gun violence (background checks, denying guns to domestic violence abusers, banning assault weapons, etc.). Several nationwide, statewide and local groups keep promoting these worthy proposals.  I support them. But they are OVERLOOKING THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM! The U.S.’s VIOLENT, MILITARISTIC FOREIGN POLICY assumes that shooting people solves problems!  Our federal government spends BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS to promote that mistaken notion.  The federal government SETS A BAD EXAMPLE for ordinary people who follow the government’s bad example that SHOOTING PEOPLE would solve their problems! If the […]

On Christmas Day 1914, British & German soldiers practiced PEACE during World War I

December 24, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Some people know this story, but many people do not. It is indeed possible for soldiers fighting a brutal war to STOP — AND PRACTICE PEACE — even for one day.  On Christmas Day, 1914, British and German soldiers fighting brutal trench warfare during World War I stopped, laid down their weapons, got out of their trenches, and joined together face-to-face to enjoy human solidarity. If they can do it for one day, why can’t we do that EVERY day — and STOP WAR ALTOGETHER?     Read this article:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce   I RECOMMEND THIS SONG VERY HIGHLY!!!  “Christmas in […]

How to achieve peace and true security

December 13, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

People keep worrying about “national security.”  But that is a dead end — and a misleading distraction — unless we understand that MILITARISM ITSELF IS THE PROBLEM and that our nation can be secure ONLY if we help the rest of the world to be secure in more profound ways than mere militarism can accomplish. See the insightful article I wrote at this link: Article on peace and true security            

After a man who threatened Rep. Ilhan Omar pleaded guilty, she asks for compassion in his sentencing

November 26, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar came to the U.S. at the age of 10 as a refugee from Somalia.  She is Muslim and African.  She is one of the most progressive and humane members of Congress, but Trump and the right wing have been relentlessly attacking her. A man threatened to shoot her to death.  He was convicted of his crime, and she practiced Restorative Justice by asking for compassion when the judge was sentencing him. Read these articles: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/19/1900598/-After-a-man-who-threatened-Rep-Ilhan-Omar-pleaded-guilty-she-asks-for-compassion-in-his-sentencing?detail=emaildkre https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/19/rep-ilhan-omar-asks-judge-show-compassion-hateful-man-who-threatened-put-bullet-her?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email        

Reject authoritarian rule and the idolatry of worshiping nationalism.

October 2, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Historically the U.S. was created — and our Constitution’s First Amendment adopted — to protect us from any official religion.  Nowadays, the Religious Right is pushing hard to make their version of Christianity into the U.S.’s official religion. That would overturn 230 years of U.S. principled separation between Church and State.  And it would hurt many people’s human rights. But some people have said that the U.S. has — in effect — the truly dominant religion of Nationalism. Extreme nationalism corrupts many aspects of that nation’s society in many ways.  It causes people to hurt people of other nations.  The […]

How to stay focused on OUR message and not let an opponent create the soundbite that they want

September 22, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

  For EVERY issue we work on, we need to COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY with various kinds of audiences.  Sometimes this includes people who disagree with us — and sometimes people who want to attack or derail us. In order to make progress, we need to stand strong on OUR messages and not letting anyone hijack the conversation or distract the other listeners.  This is true whether we’re talking about Universal Single-Payer health care, changing our economic system, protecting the climate, abolishing nuclear weapons, or any other issue. HERE IS A GOOD EXAMPLE: Universal Single-Payer health care (“Medicare for All”) would save […]

Why does North Korea want nuclear weapons?

September 14, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

This article provides useful information:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/16/1879574/-Why-North-Korea-Wants-Nuclear-Weapons?detail=emaildkcc   Also, I wrote this to explain clearly why North Korea wants their nuclear weapons: When North Korea conducts a missile test, or when North Korea’s nuclear weapons get into the news, it is typical for the American people — and our media and our politicians — to assume that North Korea is up to no good, that North Korea is an aggressive threat, etc. Actually, we would do much better thinking — and much better public policy-making — if we were to understand WHY North Korea wants nuclear weapons. The American people — […]

Short article: The currently dominant worldview is hurting our society in many ways.

September 4, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Our society is suffering in many, many ways.  The problems are all around us — and they are interconnected.  They are rooted in a worldview that has been dominating the U.S. (and some other nations) increasingly in recent decades. I wrote a long article about this.  Here is a very short article that summarizes a few of the main points.  I published it in a recent issue of Works in Progress (www.olywip.org): This currently dominant worldview is hurting us.            

Korea: Recent information, insights and recommendations

August 17, 2019 GlenAnderson 0

Diplomacy with North Korea should include reuniting families separated in the early 1950s. See this article:  https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/455595-reuniting-families-is-a-critical-step-in-diplomacy-with   Urge Congress to finally END the Korean War, which has never been officially ended. Most Americans — and probably most members of Congress — do not know that THE KOREAN WAR WAS NEVER OFFICIALLY ENDED.  A truce was proclaimed about 70 years ago, but the war is OFFICIALLY still underway.  NOW WE MUST FORMALLY AND EXPLICITLY END THE WAR! The Korean Peninsula needs stable peace.  On June 30, 2019, Trump visited North Korea, which was a positive step, but nobody trusts Trump […]