Sharply reduce militarism and guns. Schools should teach PEACE and NONVIOLENCE instead of Junior ROTC.

A few days ago I posted to my blog this information about the fact that the mass-murderer at the high school in Parkland, Florida, had learned how to become an expert marksman because he actually attended that same high school and was enrolled in its Junior ROTC program:


This tragedy shows that BOTH militarism AND guns are out of control.

Schools with Junior ROTC programs are training their students to commit mass murder — in the military against people in other countries — and perhaps also in their own local schools.



People who hold humane values need to debunk the “myth of redemptive violence” in all areas of society.

As part of that, we must eliminate Junior ROTC from those schools that allow it. Instead, every school’s curriculum should include courses teaching the power and effectiveness of nonviolence and how to nonviolently resolve disputes.

Nearly all peace organizations keep playing “defense” (organizing against this war and that war and this other war, organizing against various military weapons on a system-by-system basis) when WE SHOULD BE PROACTIVE in promoting nonviolence as the alternative to the cruel status quo. We must change our nation’s culture from a militaristic empire to a society that is nonviolent and peaceful at the international level AND at the local level..




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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 He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093