How could we frame our international peace message to avoid a rhetorical pitfall?

We want peace worldwide.  We need to help people understand international issues with a worldwide vision and values that reach all around the globe.

However, the right wing — and ultra-nationalists — have been promoting rhetoric AGAINST this worldwide view.  They denounce “globalism” (and often hatefully claim Jews are behind it).  Unfortunately, the right-wing media and many Americans — including some members of Congress — fall into the trap.

This irrational mania interferes with our legitimate organizing for peace and international problem-solving (including global environmental, climate, disease, economic, and other problems).

Actually, part of the problem is global CAPITALISM, but the rhetoric does not mention CAPITALISM explicitly, even while they imply Jews are causing the problem.

The internationalist and peaceful perspectives we promote are NOT what the right-wing “anti-globalists” are opposing.  We who work for peace and international perspectives need to figure out how to “frame” what we say — the problems and solutions — without triggering people on the other side so they would try to trump us with their “anti-globalist” rhetoric and hatred.

Even if we don’t recruit right-wingers into our movement, we can at least avoid having them misunderstand our proposal and bad-mouth us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org