Articles by John Scales Avery

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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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We Need Their Voices Today! (11) John Stuart Mill
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

John Stuart Mill, economist with a social and ecological conscience, defender of individual liberty, pioneering advocate of the rights of women, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (10) Robert Owen
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

Robert Owen, pioneer of the cooperative movement, pioneer of social and economic reform, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (9) Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2017

Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Shelley is today considered to be one of the major English-language poets. Less well known is the fact that he was a pioneer of non-violent resistance to tyranny, whose ideas influenced Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. Percy Bysshe Shelley, major poet, social reformer, pioneer of non-violent resistance to tyranny, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (8)Thomas Robert Malthus
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

Thomas Robert Malthus, mathematician and economist, warning voice, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (7) The Marquis de Condorcet
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

Nicolas Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet, definer of the idea of progress, defender of human rights and the rights of all living things, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (6) William Godwin
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

William Godwin, believer in liberty, individual judgement, absolute honesty and unselfish service to humanity as a whole, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (5) Mary Wollstonecraft
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2017

Mary Wollstonecraft, pioneering advocate of the rights of women and all human rights, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (4) Thomas Jefferson
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

Thomas Jefferson, architect of American democracy, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (3) Thomas Paine
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

Thomas Paine, defender of democracy, defender of human rights, defender of ordinary citizens against the tyranny of oligarchies, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (2) William Blake
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

William Blake, sublime visionary poet and artist, voice of the poor. Voice of nature, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (1) Saint Francis of Assisi
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

Saint Francis, friend of all life on earth, friend of the earth itself, true interpreter of Christian ethics, we need your voice today!

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We Need Their Voices Today! (0)
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

This is a collection of biographical sketches showing people whose wise voices from the past can help to guide us today. All of the women and men, brief glimpses of whose lives and ideas are portrayed here, gave a high place to compassion. None of them was a slave to greed. We need their voices today!
[Note from TMS editor: It will be posted one biographical sketch per week]

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Thermodynamics and Negentropy of Spheral Classes
John Scales Avery, et al. (*) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

Society, like any system that has energy, is subject to the second law of thermodynamics, which express the entropy (scattering) of all energy. Our article is devoted to this subject, but within the framework of society and from the unique position of social harmony and disharmony of its structural carriers.

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Trump and the Deep State
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2017

18 Feb 2017 – In his book, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, Mike Lofgren called attention to the fact that much of the real power in Washington is not controlled by the President and members of Congress, but is in the hands of multi-billion-dollar organizations that are not only huge, but also unelected and secret, for example the CIA, NSA and FBI.

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Individual Responsibility
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2017

20 Jan 2017 – There are many governments today that can be described unjust, and some that even deserve to be called fascist. What is the duty of the individual citizen, living under such a government?

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We Must Not Demonize and Threaten Russia
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

Today the world spends more than 1.7 trillion dollars ( $1,700,000,000,000) every year on armaments. This vast river of money, almost too large to be imagined, is the “devil’s dynamo” driving the institution of war. Politicians notoriously can be bought with a tiny fraction of this enormous amount; hence the decay of democracy.

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Tribalism, Nationalism and Fascism
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2017

A Drop of Good Sense in a Sea of Emotion

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Europe Must Not Be a Vassal to Trump’s USA
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2016

Today human civilization and the biosphere face two existential threats: catastrophic climate change, and thermonuclear war. Each of these disasters could cause mass extinctions, and each could make large portions of the earth permanently uninhabitable.

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Trump Threatens Us with Climate Disaster
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2016

The participants in the current UN climate talks in Marrakech are extremely worried about the effect that his election will have on the viability of the Paris climate agreement. Trump has stated in his campaign speeches that, if elected, he would pull the United States out of the Paris agreement.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Gorbachev Appeals for Sanity
John Scales Avery, Pugwash Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

28 Oct 2016 – President Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union and recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, has appealed to world leaders to reduce the dangerous the tensions which today threaten to plunge human civilization and the biosphere into an all-destroying nuclear war.

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What U.S. Progressives Should Do on Nov. 8
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

The drift towards militarism and fascism which we can observe today, not only in the United States but also in several other countries, is worryingly reminiscent of the 1930’s. We must fervently hope that the disasters which resulted then from the rise of fascism and militarism will not occur again, and we must work with dedication to prevent this from happening.

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Science and Society
John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2016

I would like to announce that an updated and very much enlarged edition of my book “Science and Society” will very soon be published by World Scientific (in November, 2016). Locally printed editions of it were used in courses taught not only in Denmark, but also in Sweden, Switzerland, England and Myanmar. It would be very good if the book could be used at the high-school or gymnasium level, as well as in colleges and universities.

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Fossil Fuels: At What Price?
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

An externality is the cost or benefit of some unintended consequence of an economic action. For example, tobacco companies do not really wish for their customers to die from cancer, but a large percentage of them do, and the social costs of this slaughter ought to be reflected in the price of tobacco. The true environmental costs of fossil fuel use are much greater than those of smoking.

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Human Nature: An Evolutionary Paradox
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2016

From the standpoint of evolutionary theory, this is a paradox. As a species, we are well on the road to committing collective suicide, driven by the flaws in human nature. But isn’t natural selection supposed to produce traits that lead to survival? Today, our emotions are not leading us towards survival, but instead driving us towards extinction. What is the reason for this paradox?

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Mainstream Media Are Betraying Humanity
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

We need to wake up to the real dangers that are facing humanity. Terrorism is not a real danger. The number of people killed by terrorists each year is vanishingly small compared to the number killed in traffic accidents, not to mention the tens of millions who die each year from starvation and preventable diseases. But the mass media shamelessly magnify terrorist events (some of which may be false flag actions) out of all proportion in order to allow governments to abolish civil liberties and crush dissent.

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NATO Threatens Europe with Annihilation
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

18 Jun 2016 – NATO is supposed to be a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to “protect Europe from aggression”; but today it is an aggressive tool of the United States. In recent years, participation in NATO has made European countries accomplices in US efforts to achieve global hegemony by means of military force, in violation of international law, and especially in violation of the UN Charter, the Nuremberg Principles.

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USA: Another Stolen Election?
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

10 Jun 2016 – Many people throughout the world view recent political developments in the United States with alarm. Is the US drifting towards fascism? If so, is there a danger that the world will be plunged into an all-destroying thermonuclear war? Will political irresponsibility in the United States result in climate change denial? Will all hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change then be lost?

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The Superdelegates Must Vote for Sanders
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2016

Superdelegates were introduced by the US Democratic Party in 1984 (the year in which George Orwell’s prophetic book is set). These unelected delegates are party officials, and their purpose is to circumvent the popular will. They are supposed to choose an electable candidate in case the voters choose an unelectable one.

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