Let’s create a TRULY PEACEFUL foreign policy!

For many, many decades — regardless of which political party runs the Executive Branch or the Congress — the U.S. has had a BI-PARTISAN CONSENSUS that militarism should dominate our foreign policy.  Even when we don’t have an explicit “America First” president, our foreign policy ALWAYS seeks narrow nationalism with selfish political, economic and military domination over as much of the world as our government can manage.

Politicians pay lip service to peace, but they always do what the paragraph above says.

If we REALLY valued the principles of democracy, the public would have a strong voice in shaping foreign policy.

But instead, it is shaped by capitalistic interests and the military-industrial complex.  Trump appointed to head our State Department (the agency in charge of international relations) the head of Exxon, because Trump believed our foreign policy should serve the interests of oil companies.  Biden’s appointee to head the State Department is no better:  Mr. Blinken’s career was arranging international deals for U.S. military weapons to be sold to other countries.  Instead of civilian management of the Department of Defense, Biden appointed a very recently retired four-star general who was on the board of Raytheon, one of the U.S.’s dominant corporations manufacturing nuclear weapons.


Fortunately, some peace-oriented persons and organizations are proposing a truly peaceful foreign policy.


A Quaker-based organization calls for a NEW, PEACEFUL FOREIGN POLICY:  https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/592175-time-is-short-for-congress-to-act-for-peace?utm_campaign=thisweek&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ak&utm_term=21790.97899.viSEFG


Here is more information about FCNL’s proposal for a new peaceful foreign policy from FCNL itself:  https://www.fcnl.org/prioritizepeace?akid=21790.97899.viSEFG&rd=1&t=21&utm_campaign=thisweek&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ak&utm_term=21790.97899.viSEFG


Nearly a year ago I delivered a presentation I had recently developed, “Re-Thinking National Security.”  A California-based entity recorded this Zoom event, and it went out to a worldwide audience.  If you missed it, you can watch it at the following link.  The dark blue rectangle at this link says you need to create a free account if you’re not already a member.  Their topics have been on very interesting topics.  Here is the link to watch my presentation from March 2021:  https://ubiverse.org/documents/humanity-rising-day-201—recording

Here is a link to essay I wrote that is similar to what I said the worldwide Zoom event linked above:  Re-Thinking ‘National Security’ — An Essay in 3 Parts


A very savvy pacifist organization has developed and updated their proposal for a non-military way to provide real security.  See information here:  https://worldbeyondwar.org/downloads/category/books/agss/2018-19/




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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