Articles by John Scales Avery

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Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

Richard Nephew, the advisor on sanctions in Biden’s State Department, is the author of a 2017 book entitled “The Art of Sanctions: A View of the Field”. He brags of the pain and suffering caused by US sanctions imposed on Iran, Venezuela and other countries. But according to international law, sanctions may not be imposed by individual countries, but only by the Security Council.

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The World as It Is–And the World as It Could Be
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

It was the duty of philanthropic Europeans to bring civilization and Christianity to Africa and the Americas. The mood of Europe during this orgy of external cruelty and exploitation was self-congratulatory. Can we not see a parallel with the self-congratulatory mood of the North American people and their allies, who export violence, murder, torture and neocolonialism to the whole world by thinking themselves as “exceptional”? A New Freely Downloadable Book

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Ecology and Economics
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

As Prof. Noam Chomsky has pointed out, greed and lack of ethics are built into the structure of corporations. By law, the CEO of a corporation must be entirely motivated by the collective greed of the stockholders. He must maximize profits. If s/he abandons this single-minded chase after corporate profits for ethical reasons, or for the sake of humanity or the biosphere or the future, s/he must, BY LAW, be fired and replaced.

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Lives in Mathematics
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

9 Feb 2021 – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the lives and work of some of the great mathematicians of history. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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(Italiano) Sfide per Joe Biden e Kamala Harris
John Scales Avery | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2021

Dopo le lodi dobbiamo anche notare le sue cattive decisioni. Molte fra le persone scelte per il suo gabinetto o per altre alte funzioni hanno ricevuto gran somme di denaro da megaziende. Molti hanno sostenuto guerra e tortura. Gran parte delle scelte di gabinetto di Biden hanno avuto posti nell’amministrazione Obama: non va abbastanza bene! Gli Stati Uniti devono rinunciare alle proprie guerre esterne aggressive e ai tentativi di raggiungere l’egemonia globale col potere militare!

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Challenges for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

Having praised Joe Biden for his good decisions, we must also notice his bad ones. Many of those who he chose for his cabinet, or for other high offices, have received large amounts of money from corporations. Many have supported war and torture. The United States must renounce it aggressive foreign wars and its attempts to achieve global hegemony through military power

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Our Suicidal War against Nature
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

Ceasefire in Our Suicidal War against Nature – Here are some quotations from a 2 Dec 2020 article by Justin Rowlatt entitled “Humans waging suicidal war on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres”:

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Madmen and Economists
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

Economists (with a few notable exceptions) have long behaved as though growth were synonymous with economic health. If the gross national product of a country increases steadily by 4 percent per year, most economists express approval and say that the economy is healthy. If the economy could be made to grow still faster (they maintain), it would be still healthier.

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Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Is at Our Throats
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

14 Dec 2020 – Today the world spends roughly 1,800,000,000,000 US dollars on armaments, almost 2 trillion. This vast river of money, almost too great to be imagined, flows into the pockets of arms manufacturers, and is used by them to control governments, which in turn vote for bloated military budgets and aggressive foreign policies which provoke the endless crises and conflicts that are necessary to justify the diversion of such vast sums of money from urgently-needed social goals into the bottomless pit of war.

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Ethics for the Future
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

In all terrestrial organisms, information is transmitted between generations by means of the genetic code; and genetic evolution takes place through natural selection acting on modifications of this code. In human cultural evolution, information is also transmitted between generations by means of language and writing. This second mode of evolution gave our species enormous adaptive advantages.

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Human Society and the Biosphere
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

28 Nov 2020 – According to a recent UN report, more than a million species of plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction because of human activities. Rates of extinction today are as much as 1,000 times greater than the normal background rate. What about our own species? Are we too threatened with extinction?

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A History of the Earth
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

I announce the publication of a new book, in which I have tried to sketch human history, from earliest times until the present, against a cosmic backdrop. Current problems, such as the threats of catastrophic climate change, thermonuclear war, pandemics and large-scale famine are also discussed. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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The Road Not Taken
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

30 Oct 2020 – I would like to announce the publication of a new book. It discusses the role of what might be called decision trees in science, in linguistics, in philosophy and literature, and in our daily lives. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

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A Critical U.S. Election
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

Why the 2020 Election Is So Important

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Ye Are Many, They Are Few!
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

A New Freely Downloadable Book – I would like to announce the publication of a new book, which discusses the question of how oligarchs maintain their grasp on an excessive share of wealth and power when, as Shelley pointed out, the have-nots are many, while the power-holders are few.

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Our World Is Burning
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

4 Oct 2020 – In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately. Fossil fuels must be left below the ground. Forests must be left above the ground and saved from destruction for beef or palm oil production.

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(Italiano) L’impatto Ecologico del Militarismo
John Scales Avery | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

La crisi di civiltà cui siamo oggi di fronte è stata prodotta dalla rapidità di sviluppo della scienza e della tecnologia. Le nostre istituzioni e idee si adattano troppo lentamente al cambiamento. La grande sfida che la storia ha posto per la nostra generazione è il compito di costruire nuove strutture politiche internazionali che siano in armonia con la tecnologia moderna.

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The Ecological Impact of Militarism
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

Those who say that there is not enough money to finance the Green New Deal forget the unimaginable amounts of money wasted, or worse than wasted, on militarism. We must divert this vast river of money from its present evil use to the constructive task of saving our planet from the existential threat of catastrophic climate change.

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Remembering the 1960’s
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

Those of us who lived through that era remember it as a time when the danger of a nuclear war between the USA and the USSR was very real indeed. The world came extremely close to disaster during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In response to the threat of nuclear destruction, millions of people all over the world took to the streets.

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Vote by Mail: An Alternative to the USPS
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

Let us suppose that the November election approaches and the US Post office is unable to deliver mail-in votes. Is there any other way that these votes can be delivered? I believe that there are some possibilities.

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The ICC’s Enormous Importance
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2020

The essential difference between a confederation and a federation, both of them unions of states, is that a federation has the power to make and to enforce laws that act on individuals, rather than attempting to coerce states. Our present United Nations is a confederation attempting to coerce states with sanctions that are “applied to people collectively and not individually.” The ICC acts on individuals, rather than attempt to coerce states.

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Human Nature
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

17 Jul 2020 – What is human nature? Are we humans good or evil? To what extent is the character of a person produced by heredity and to what extent by environment? Is competition more central to our existence than cooperation, or is it the other way around? How can a happy, peaceful and stable society be created? Are humans essentially the same as other animals, or are we fundamentally different? Should humans dominate and control nature, or should we be the custodians of nature?

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Malthus Revisited
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the excessive weight that our total human population and economy has imposed on the global environment. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Crisis Means Danger and Opportunity
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

The present crisis will undoubtedly lead to great change, but will it be takeovers by neo-fascist leaders such as Trump? Or will the change be social reforms, such as those initiated in Denmark by Stauning? Will the Green New Deal be part of our recovery from the present economic crisis? We stand at a critical point in history. Each of us has the duty to strive with all our strength to persuade our societies to make the right choice.

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Benefits of Equality
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2020

3 Jun 2020 – I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents evidence supporting the thesis that elimination of excessive economic inequality makes societies happier and better. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Lives in Education
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the history of education, from early times until the present, and in many different civilizations. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Living Together in Peace
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

The UN has designated 16 May as Living Together in Peace day. It therefore seems appropriate to mark this day by discussing the reasons why war must be eliminated as a human institution. On our small but beautiful Earth, made small by technology, made beautiful by nature, there is room for one group only: the family of humankind.

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Peace Education
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

The United Nations has designated the 16th of May as a day devoted to Living Together in Peace. It therefore seems appropriate to discuss the need for reforming our educational systems so that they will prepare young people for international cooperation and harmony rather than for participation in aggressive wars.

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Trump Must Be Defeated!
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

There is so much wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to start. He is a bully, braggart, narcissist, racist, misogynist, habitual liar, and tax evader, in addition to being demonstrably ignorant. He has contempt for both domestic and international law, as well as for the US Constitution. However, it is Trump’s climate change denial, withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and sponsorship of fossil fuels that pose the greatest threats to the future of human society and the biosphere.

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Rebuilding after Corona
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

15 Apr 2020 – I announce the publication of a book that discusses the changes that we must make to create a better world after the pandemic has ended. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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We Need Solidarity, Not Sanctions
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

10 Apr 2020 – According to the United Nations Charter, only the Security Council may impose sanctions. No individual nation may do so. Nevertheless, the United States currently imposes economic sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Besides violating the UN Charter, these unilaterally imposed sanctions also violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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Short-Term and Long-Term Futures
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

28 Mar 2020 – There is a remarkable contrast in the way that governments around the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the way that they have responded to the climate emergency. The pandemic, which indeed represents an extremely grave danger to humanity, has produced a massive global response.

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Lives in Poetry
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents an historical anthology of the poems of some of the world’s great poets, from very early times until the present, and from many countries and cultures. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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A COVID-19 Vaccine Quickly and Cheaply
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

16 Mar 2020 – How monoclonal antibody techniques may be used to produce the vaccine, and how gene-splicing may then be used to mass-produce it inexpensively.

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Linked Dangers to Civilization
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

12 Mar 2020 – I would like to announce the publication of a book that discusses the most serious dangers which the world faces today. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Lives in Painting
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Linked Dangers
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

Many of the serious dangers that we face today can be addressed by reforming our economic systems. Greed-sanctioning and growth-worshipping economics, the economics that has led to intolerable economic inequality, must be replaced by steady-state economics, and with the reforms that we can observe in present-day Scandinavia.

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Collected Essays, Volume V
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

A New Freely-Downloadable Book – The book contains articles on the serious problems that are facing the world today.

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Kicking the Habit
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

10 Feb 2020 – The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed. The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

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Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

28 Jan 2020 – The nonviolent tradition of Shelly, Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela is international. Culture is cooperative. It is not competitive. Global cultural cooperation can lead us to a sustainable and peaceful society. Our almost miraculous modern communications media, if properly used, can give us a stable, prosperous and cooperative future society. A New Freely Downloadable Book

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Lives in Engineering
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

23 Jan 2020 – At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Greed Is Driving Us towards Disaster
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2020

The greed of giant fossil fuel corporations is driving us towards a tipping point after which human efforts to control climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. The greed of the military industrial complex is driving us towards a Third World War that might develop into a catastrophic thermonuclear war. The greed of our financial institutions is also driving us towards economic collapse.

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Lives in Astronomy
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

3 Jan 2020 – At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Attacks on Iran–Past and Present
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

On Fri 3 Jan 2020, progressives in the United States and all peace-loving people throughout the world were horrified to learn that Donald Tromp had added to his long list of crimes and imbecilities by ordering the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, who is a hero in his own country, Iran.

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Terrorism: A False Threat
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

19 Dec 2019 – Is the threat of terrorism real? Or is it like the barking of a dog driving a herd? The threat of catastrophic climate change is very real indeed. The threat to future global food security is real too. Millions starve. Millions die yearly from preventable diseases. Millions die as a consequence of wars. Compared with these numbers, the total count of terrorist victims is vanishingly small. It is even invisible compared with the number of people killed yearly in automobile accidents.

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Feedback Loops
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

Moore’s Law: The growth of knowledge feeds on itself. The number of scientific papers published each year is increasing exponentially. This would be all to the good but because of institutional and cultural inertia the exponentially accelerating rate of technical innovation is threatening to shake human society to pieces. We need new global institutions of governance and new global ethics to match our new technology.

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Our Children’s Future
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

We are faced with the threat of an environmental mega catastrophe, of which the danger of catastrophic climate change is a part. We also face the threat of an all-destroying nuclear war. And because of population growth there is a danger that by the middle of the present century a very large-scale famine could take the lives of as many as a billion people.

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Criticism of Israel Is Not Antisemitism
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

We can acknowledge the great contributions of Jewish culture and brilliant Jewish individuals and at the same time criticize the state of Israel. There is much to criticize. The international community was unanimous in condemning apartheid in South Africa, but the state of Israel has pursued a policy of apartheid as cruel as that of South Africa – or perhaps even worse.

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Fighting for America’s Soul
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Today there is a deep split in public opinion in the United States. Democratic institutions are in danger from racism and neo-fascism. Progressives are fighting to save the values and institutions on which their country was founded. They are fighting to save America’s soul.

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Cultural History
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

Human nature has two sides: It has a dark side, to which nationalism and militarism appeal; but our species also has a genius for cooperation, which we can see in the growth of culture. Our modern civilization has been built up by means of a worldwide exchange of ideas and inventions. A New Freely Downloadable Book

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The Passions of Mankind
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses human emotions from an evolutionary perspective. The book consists mainly of book chapters and articles that I have previously published, although some new material has been added. It can be freely downloaded and circulated.

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We Need Peace in the Middle East
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

Stress can produce conflict. For example shortages of food or water can lead to regional wars. But wars only make original problems worse. Today the world is facing a number of severe problems, and solidarity will be needed to minimize the suffering with which we and future generations are threatened. The problems include shortages of fresh water, rising temperatures due to climate change, and food insecurity. Let us look at some of the problems in detail:

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Trump’s Major Crimes
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

1 Oct 2019 – The long-delayed impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are finally starting, but at present the focus is on a relatively minor crime–the Ukraine/Biden scandal. However, Trump has committed (and is still committing) major crimes and these ought to be in the spotlight. Let us look at a few of them.

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Lives in Medicine
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

A New Freely Downloadable Book – As it is taught today, history is a chronicle of power struggles and war, told from a biased national standpoint. We are taught that our own country is always heroic and in the right. We urgently need to replace this indoctrination in chauvinism by a reformed view of history.

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Our Lifestyles Must Change
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

Our House Is on Fire! History has given to our generation an enormous responsibility towards future generations. We must achieve a new kind of economy, a steady-state economy. We must stabilize global population. We must replace fossil fuels by renewable energy. We must abolish nuclear weapons. We must end the institution of war… {Read on}

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Lives in Ecology
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

A New Freely Downloadable Book – I would like to announce the publication of a book, which reviews the lives and thoughts of some of the women and men who have addressed the crucial problems of ecology and sustainability that we are currently facing. I have tried to let them speak to us in their own words.

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Fascism Then and Now
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, entitled Fascism, Then and Now. It can be freely downloaded HERE. There are many extremely worrying similarities between fascism in Europe in the 1930’s and the neo-fascism that we can see around us today.

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Benefits of Equality
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

Warren Buffet famously remarked, “There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” However, the evidence presented by Hobson, Hanauer and Wilkinson shows conclusively that no one wins in a society where inequality is too great, and everyone wins when incomes are more evenly distributed.

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Lives in Economics
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

2 Aug 2019 – I would like to announce the publication of a book describing the lives of some of the people who have contributed importantly to economic thought. Their lives can help us today, as the world faces a crisis that has both economic dimensions. The book can be freely downloaded here.

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Lives in the Peace Movement
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

I would like to announce the publication of a book describing the lives of some of the people who have contributed importantly to the peace movement. The book can be freely downloaded from the following link: I hope that the lives of these women and men can inspire us as we work together to abolish the institution of war.

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Climate Crisis and the 2020 U.S. Elections
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jun 2019

13 Jun 2019 – Trump has denied the reality of the climate emergency, encouraged the use of coal as well as exploration for new oil, sabotaged the Environmental Protection Agency, and withdrew the USA from the Paris Agreement. Because of the climate issue alone, it is vital for the future of humanity that he and his party should be defeated in the 2020 elections.

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Mainstream Under-Reporting of the Climate Crisis
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

25 May 2019 – Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world are on the horizon.

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Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

15 May 2019 – Why criminal? Because such violence would violate both the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles. There is no hope at all for the future unless we work for a peaceful world, governed by international law, rather than a fearful world where brutal power holds sway.

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Money, Media and the Climate Crisis
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

13 May 2019 – Old ideas and old economic indicators can no longer serve us. Seen from an ecological perspective, the gross national product of a country does not indicate how well the economy is doing, but almost the reverse. GNP has become a measure of how fast an economy is destroying the environment. ->A New Book on the Climate Crisis

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(Italiano) L’emergenza climatica
John Scales Avery | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

“Non venite con un discorso, venite con un piano. Questo è quanto la scienza sostiene necessario. E quanto i giovani del globo stanno giustificatamente domandando.” — Segretario Generale ONU Antonio Guterres

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The Climate Emergency
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

According to a recent United Nations report, extreme weather events displaced 2 million people during 2018. While no single event can be unambiguously attributed to anthropogenic climate change, scientists believe the increasing frequency of extreme weather events is definitely linked to global warming. The same is true of their increasing severity. “Don’t come with a speech, come with a plan. This is what science says is needed. It is what young people around the globe are rightfully demanding.” – UN Sec. Gen. António Guterres

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Secrecy versus Democracy
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2019

12 Apr 2019 – According to the Nuremberg Principles, the citizens of a country have a responsibility for the crimes that their governments commit. But to prevent these crimes, the people need to have some knowledge of what is going on. Indeed, democracy cannot function at all without this knowledge, If Julian Assange becomes a martyr to the truth like Galileo or Bruno, his name will be honored in the future, and the shame of his captors will be remembered too.

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We Need an Ecological Revolution
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2019

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled We Need an Ecological Revolution. It can be freely downloaded and circulated .

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Kashmir: What Would Gandhi Say?
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

1 Mar 2019 – What would Mahatma Gandhi say about the threat of war between India and Pakistan, which has brought the two nations and the world to the brink of a nuclear catastrophe? Throughout the struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi was faced with the serious problem of avoiding conflict between religious groups once independence had been achieved. He made every effort to bridge the rift between the Hindu and Muslim communities.

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Saving the Future
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world are on the horizon.

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Gandhi’s Message for Today’s World
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

If humans are ever to achieve a stable global society in the future, they will have to become much more modest in their economic behavior and much more peaceful in their politics. For both modesty and peace, Gandhi is a useful source of ideas. The problems with which he struggled during his lifetime are extremely relevant to us in the 21st Century, when both nuclear and ecological catastrophes threaten the world.

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The Kidnapping of Meng Wanzhou
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

16 Dec 2018 – Just as the United States once declared its independence from Britain, so Europe and the remainder of the world ought to declare independence from the United States. Clearly, insane arrogance, hubris, contempt for international law, racism and many of the aspects of fascism do not deserve to be blindly followed. Whatever moral authority the USA may once have had has evaporated in a seemingly endless series of aggressive foreign wars and drone killings.

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Institutional and Cultural Inertia
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

Politeness requires that we do not talk about issues that might be contrary to another person’s beliefs. Thus polite conversation is dominated by trivia, entertainment, sports, the weather, gossip, food, and so on. Worries about the distant future , the danger of nuclear war, the danger of uncontrollable climate change, or the danger of widespread famine seldom appear in conversations at the dinner table, over coffee or at the pub. In conversations between polite people, the situation is exactly the same as in the mass media.

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John Scales Avery Interviews David Krieger from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

“My understanding is that a nuclear war would largely destroy the ozone layer allowing extreme levels of ultraviolet radiation. Additionally, a nuclear war would dramatically lower temperatures, possibly throwing the planet into a new Ice Age. Atmospheric scientists tell us that even a “small” nuclear war between India and Pakistan in which each side used 50 nuclear weapons would block sunlight, shorten growing seasons, causing mass starvation and two billion human deaths.”

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John Scales Avery Interviews Binu Mathew
John Scales Avery | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2018

John Scales Avery: Dear friend and colleague in the peace movement, dear highly respected and admired Editor Binu Mathew, can you tell us what are the influences that led you to become the Editor of Countercurrents.org, one of the world’s most important and influential alternative news websites?

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Sanctions as Collective Punishment
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

At present, we treat nations as though they were persons: We punish entire nations by sanctions, even when only the leaders are guilty, even though the burdens of the sanctions fall most heavily on the poorest and least guilty of the citizens, and even though sanctions often have the effect of uniting the citizens of a country behind the guilty leaders. Should we not regard sanctions as collective punishment? If we do so, then sanctions are a war crime, under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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The Importance of Alternative Media
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

The mass media could mobilize us to action, but they have failed in their duty. Our educational systems could also wake us up and make us act, but they too have failed us. The battle to save the earth from human greed and folly has to be fought in the alternative media. The alternative media, and all who work with them deserve both our gratitude and our financial support. They alone can correct the distorted and incomplete picture of the world that we obtain from the mass media. They alone can show us the path to a future in which our children, grandchildren, and all future generations can survive.

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Tribalism
John Scales Avery - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2018

In thinking of violence and war, we must be extremely careful not to confuse the behavioral patterns that lead to wife-beating or barroom brawls with those like the trench warfare of WW-I, or to the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The first type of aggression is similar to the rank-determining fights of animals, while the second is more akin to the team-spirit exhibited by a football side. Heroic behavior in defense of one’s community has been praised throughout the ages, but the tendency to such behavior has now become a threat to the survival of civilization, since tribalism makes war possible.

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We Can Unilaterally Stop Being Nasty
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

13 Aug 2018 – In general, nations should not act unilaterally in foreign affairs. They should instead support international law and the United Nations. But there is one thing that we can and should do on our own: We can unilaterally stop being nasty! Has anyone thought of treating North Korea with kindness? It might be a useful experiment to try.

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New Book: Population and the Environment – Free Download
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

4 Aug 2018 – One hopes that human wisdom and ethics will continue to grow, but unlimited growth of population and industry on a finite earth is a logical impossibility. I would like to announce the publication of a book addressing these problems, entitled “Population and the Environment”. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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Madmen and Economists
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2018

Economists (with a few notable exceptions) have long behaved as though growth were synonymous with economic health. If the gross national product of a country increases steadily by 4 percent per year, most economists express approval and say that the economy is healthy. If the economy could be made to grow still faster (they maintain), it would be still healthier.

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Right-Wing Politics and Climate Change
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

Conflicts and famine are interlinked. The struggle for food produces conflicts; famine is often used as an instrument of war. Food aid, when available, is often deliberately blocked or destroyed by warring factions. While making many parts of the world uninhabitable, long-term climate change will make other regions more suitable for human habitation and agriculture. For example, farming will become more possible in Siberia, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska and Patagonia. A humane response to the refugee crisis could include the generous opening of these regions to refuges.

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The Information Explosion
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

The greed of giant fossil fuel corporations is driving us towards a tipping point after which human efforts to control climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. The greed of the military industrial complex is driving us towards a Third World War that might develop into a catastrophic thermonuclear war. The greed of our financial institutions is also driving us towards economic collapse.

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(Français) Le complexe militaro-industriel est la principale cause de la crise globale
John Scales Avery | Investig’Acion – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

25 Avr 2018 – Je voudrais vous annoncer la publication d’un nouveau livre intitulé The Devil’s Dynamo [La dynamo du diable]. Il s’agit d’une collection d’articles et de textes sur la façon dont les complexes militaro-industriels du monde entier conduisent et perpétuent la guerre.

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The U.S. and Europe Must Step Back from the Brink
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

Several alarming recent events ought to awaken citizens of Europe and the United States to the fact that their insane governments have driven the world to the brink of an all-destroying thermonuclear war.

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The Devil’s Dynamo
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

19 Mar 2018 – I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled The Devil’s Dynamo. It is a collection of articles and book chapters that I have written about the way in which military-industrial complexes throughout the world drive and perpetuate the institution of war. A considerable amount of new material has also been added. The book can be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link:

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Human Nature and Human Destiny
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

19 Feb 2018 – When he was between the ages of 11 and 16, Paul Gauguin attended a Catholic boarding school in France. At the school, the Bishop of Orléans himself taught the class in liturgy. The bishop had devised a catechism in which three main questions were asked: “Where does humanity come from? Where is it going? How do we proceed?”

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We Need Their Voices Today! (22) And Yours!
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

At a time of crisis, with the future at stake, please don’t be silent. We urgently need your voice today!

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The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

20 Nov 2017 – I am working on a book with the title The Climate Emergency: Two Time Scales. A pdf file of a first draft of the book can be freely downloaded. I urge you to download this file and to send the link or file to friends who might be interested. Also, if you have a website, please publish it there. Here are some excerpts from the Introduction:

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We Need Their Voices Today! (21) Helen Keller
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2017

Helen Keller, who although deaf and blind, could see injustice clearly, who could hear the voices of victims of war, and who spoke eloquently for social reform, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (20) George Orwell
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2017

George Orwell, brilliant and honest writer, lifelong opponent of tyranny, we need your voice today!

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The Nuclear Weapons Convention: An Open Letter to the Danish Parliament
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2017

31 Oct 2017 – Until now, Denmark has been slow to support the recently-adopted Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. I respectfully urge you to support the Treaty and the proposed 2018 nuclear summit meeting for the following reasons:

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We Need Their Voices Today! (19) Bertha von Suttner
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

Bertha von Suttner, famous antiwar author, friend and mentor of Alfred Nobel without whose advice to him the Peace Prize would not exist, early leader of the peace movement, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (18) Edna St. Vincent Millay
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Oct 2017

Edna St. Vincent Millay, eloquent poet with a deep concern for the future of humanity, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (17) Albert Einstein
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

Albert Einstein, great physicist and lifelong pacifist, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (16) Wilfred Owen
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

Wilfred Owen, eloquent opponent of war, tragic victim of war, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (15) Martin Luther King, Jr
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., great orator, champion of justice and equality, fearless opponent of war, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (14) Mahatma Gandhi
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

Mahatma Gandhi, Great Soul Gandhi, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (13) Count Leo Tolstoy
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

Count Leo Tolstoy, great author and humanist, pioneer of nonviolent resistance, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (12) Henry David Thoreau
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

Henry David Thoreau, pioneer of nonviolent civil disobedience, pioneer of environmentalism, we need your voice today!

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