Caring for the Future of Our Children

Human Wrongs Watch

Books and articles on peace by John Scales Avery*

15 March 2016

I would like to make some of the my books and articles on peace more easily available, and so I have made a collection of links to the ones that are on the Internet. Let me explain my motivation in writing. Our present situation is this:


**”The Blue Marble” is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometres (18,000 mi). It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula. | Photographer: NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans | This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice. | Wikimedia Commons

The future looks extremely dark because of human folly, especially the long-term future. The greatest threats are catastrophic climate change and thermonuclear war, but a large-scale global famine also has to be considered.

We give our children loving care, but it makes no sense do so and at the same time to neglect to do all that is within our power to ensure that they and their descendants will inherit an earth in which they can survive. We also have a responsibility to all the other living organisms with which we share the gift of life.

Inaction is not an option. We have to act with courage and dedication, even if the odds are against success, because the stakes are so high.

The mass media could mobilize us to action, but they have failed in their duty.

Our educational system could also wake us up and make us act, but it too has failed us. The battle to save the earth from human greed and folly has to be fought in the alternative media.


We need a new economic system, a new society, a new social contract, a new way of life. Here are the great tasks that history has given to our generation: We must achieve a steady-state economic system.



Image from Johan Scales Avery books

We must restore democracy. We must decrease economic inequality. We must break the power of corporate greed. We must leave fossil fuels in the ground. We must stabilize and ultimately reduce the global population. We must eliminate the institution of war. And finally, we must develop a more mature ethical system to match our new technology.

Here is a link to a review of my new book, “The Need for a New Economic System“:
The book is based on a series of articles that were published in Countercurrents, Transcend Media Service Weekly Digest and Human Wrongs Watch.

I am very grateful to Editors Antonio C.S. Rosa, Binu Mathiew and Baher Kamal for publishing these articles, and to Institute Professor Noam Chomsky of MIT for motivating me to write them. Editor Baher Kamal encouraged to write a book based on the articles.

The book was published a few weeks ago by Irene Publishing, a small Swedish publisher run by the distinguished scholar and peace-researcher Jørgen Johansen and his wife.

It is not yet available on Amazon, but it can be obtained from

Jørgen Johansen has also published three collections of my essays:
and a book entitled “Space-Age Science and Stone-Age Politics”, which I wrote in 2003 as a protest against the invasion of Iraq. The book was also translated into Urdu and the translation can be downloaded free of charge from the website of Maschal Books

Click to access khilaiscience.pdf

On the Danish Peace Academy website, there are the following links:

Click to access collected4.pdf

Click to access videnskab.pdf

There is also a book of personal memories of the Middle East as it once was, before being so submerged in oil-motivated wars. In this book, I wanted to give a picture of the great hospitality which my family experienced in the Middle East and the beauty of the region’s culture.

Click to access Memories%20of%20Beirut%20and%20Tehran.pdf

Here are links to articles in two journals of the World Academy of Art and Science:

I am grateful to the editors of these journals, Professors Ivo Slaus and Gary Jacobs, for engouraging me to write in them.

From the Learning Development Institute website you can download a book entitled “Crisis 21: Civilization’s Crisis During the 21st Century”. At the risk of being superficial, the book attempts to look at all of the interlinked problems that are facing us today.

Click to access Crisis21-Avery.pdf

Finally, here are links to some articles that are available on the Internet:

Against the institution of war

Against the Institution of War

We need your voice today

Values for the future

Reformed teaching of history

Targeting ciivilians

Blood for oil

Back to child labor and slavery?

Human rights


Using material goods for social competition

Making a game of killing

Making a Game of Killing

Construction versus destruction

The Nuremberg Princoples and individual responsibility

Benefits of equality

Adverse effects of globalization

Optimum population in the future

Reciprocity and karma

Limits to growth and fractional reserve banking

Attacks on Iran, past and present

Limits to growth and climate change

Limits to Growth and Climate Change

The future of international law

The Future of International Law

One step backward taken

Facing a set of linked problems

The Titanic as an allegory

Nobody had the slightest idea of what it would be like

Israel, Iran and the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty

Dangers of nuclear power generation

Iran: automatic escalation to World War III?

Perpetual war against terrorism?

Poverty and war

Collective punishment and the blockade of Gaza

Economic predictions for 2013

Destroying the world for profit

The protection racket

Sanctions as collective punishment

The Mayan apocalypse and Gell-Mann’s curve

Restoring democracy in the United States

Just staying alive

Do the people have a right to know what their governments are doing?

A threatened global catastrophe

Cancer threat from radioactive leaks at Hanford, USA

A golden age?

The training of soldiers

Tribalism and agreed-upon lies

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Northeast India

Kill or be killed (or both)

Thou shalt not kill

Science changes the character of war

Ethics for the future

“Humanitarian” missile strikes against Syria?

Syria, democracy and international law

Nobel Peace Prize winner and war criminal?

Nobel Peace Prize Winner And War Criminal?

Some peace education initiatives in Denmark

Protecting whistleblowers

A government with many secrets is not a democracy

The social responsibility of scientists

The task before us

Secrecy versus democracy

The arrogance of power

Racism, colonialism and exceptionalism

The case for economic reform

An attack on Iran could escalate into a global nuclear war

The humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons

A Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in February 2014

Mandela and Gandhi

Some examples of genocide

Nuclear warfare as genocide

Nuclear Warfare as Genocide

Are we being driven like cattle?

Does the American Jewish Community really want a general war in the Middle East?

The fragility of our complex civilization

An accident waiting to happen

Atoms for peace?

Truth versus power

Truth versus Power

Lessons from World War I

Adam Smith’s invisible hand is at our throats

Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Is at Our Throats

Unfulfilled responsibilities of the media

Europe needs to be independent

The long-term future

Geological extinction events and runaway climate change

Preventing a human-initiated 6th geological extinction event

Our duty to future generations

The illegality of NATO

The urgent need for renewable energy

Click to access ej-i5-need-for-renewable-energy-javery-reprint.pdf

An Arctic nuclear weapons free zone; Scandinavia as a first step

Click to access 110317AfriNordenstpa-1.pdf

Saving threatened species

The devil’s dynamo

The court of world public opinion

The Court of World Opinion

Climate change: will a disaster wake us up?

Book review: “Hiroshima, August 6, 1945”

The Marshall Islands sue all nuclear nations

Science, religion and war

Killing civilians

60 years in the peace movement

Click to access John_auto.pdf

Climate change means lifestyle change

The agony of Iraq

The United Nations Climate Summit

Interrelated threats to humans and to the biosphere

Interrelated Threats to Humans and to the Biosphere

Birgitta Jonsdottir, democracy, and freedom of information

Birgitta Jonsdottir, Democrazia e Libertà d’Informazione – John Scales Avery

Institutional and cultural inertia

Politeness in multi-ethnic societies

Some contributions of Islamic culture

Quick action is needed to save the long-term future

Remember your humanity

Remember Your Humanity

Gandhi as an economist

Secrecy and democracy are incompatible

Europe must not be pushed into a nuclear war with Russia

The future of international law

The Future of International Law

Millay’s “Epitaph for the Race of Man”

Book review: “The Path to Zero”

Albert Einstein, scientist and pacifist

Exponential growth

New hope for avoiding catastrophic climate change

Militarism’s hostages

Will the real issues be discussed in 2016?

Debt slavery

Greed is driving us toward disaster

A nuclear weapons convention by majority vote at the UN

A Nuclear Weapons Convention by Majority Vote at the UN

The Need for a New Economic System: Part 9 (see the end of the article for the other parts)

Book review: “Before it is Too Late”

Paris: The urgent need for a sense of proportion

Paris: We need system change

The United States drifts towards political irresponsibility

Culture, education and human solidarity


John Scales Avery – Pharming

Who is my neighbor?

The world as it is, and the world as it could be

john_avery*John Scales Avery, Ph.D., who was part of a group that shared the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in organizing the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, is a member of the TRANSCEND Network and Associate Professor Emeritus at the H.C. Ørsted Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

He is chairman of both the Danish National Pugwash Group and the Danish Peace Academy and received his training in theoretical physics and theoretical chemistry at M.I.T., the University of Chicago and the University of London.

He is the author of numerous books and articles both on scientific topics and on broader social questions. His most recent book is Civilization’s Crisis in the 21st Century


Don’t miss these articles by John Scales Avery in Human Wrongs Watch:

A Scientist Presses for Action on Many Fronts: A Review of The Need for a New Economic System by John Scales Avery

John Scales Avery – Collected Essays


Culture, Education and Human Solidarity

The United States Drifts Towards Political Irresponsibilty

Paris: We Need System Change!

Paris and the Long-Term Future

We Must Stop the Madness of Brinkmanship

Paris, India, and Coal

Paris: A Sense of Proportions Is Urgently Needed

Debt Slavery

Book Review: Aurelio Peccei and Daisako Ikeda, “Before It Is Too Late”

Israel, Iran and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Debt Slavery

Will the Real Issues Be Discussed in 2016?

Militarism’s Hostages

New Hope for Avoiding Catastrophic Climate Change

Exponential Growth

Albert Einstein, Scientist and Pacifist

“The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers”, by Richard Falk and David Krieger

Millay’s “Epitaph for the Race of Man” 

The Future of International Law (Part I)

The Future of International Law (Part II)

The Future of International Law (Part III)

Europe Must Not Be Forced Into a Nuclear War with Russia

Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe – The Dangers Are Very Great Today

Why Is the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons So Urgent?

Why Is the Military-Industrial Complex Sometimes Called “The Devil’s Dynamo”?

Of Reciprocity and Karma

Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand Is at Our Throats

Perpetual War

Kill or Be Killed… Or Both!

Does It Make Sense to Saw Off the Branch on Which You Are Sitting?

Blood for Oil – The Close Relationship Between Petroleum and War

**Image:The Blue Marble” is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometers (18,000 mi). It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula. | Photographer: NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans | This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice. | Wikimedia Commons

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