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 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 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/johansen_jorgen
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: http://mashalbooks.org/
On the Danish Peace Academy website, there are the following links:
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.
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.
Finally, here are links to some articles that are available on the Internet:
Against the institution of war
We need your voice today
Values for the future
Reformed teaching of history
Blood for oil
Back to child labor and slavery?
Using material goods for social competition
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
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?
Some peace education initiatives in Denmark
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
Mandela and Gandhi
Some examples of 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
Lessons from World War I
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
An Arctic nuclear weapons free zone; Scandinavia as a first step
Saving threatened species
The devil’s dynamo
The court of world public 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
60 years in the peace movement
Climate change means lifestyle change
The agony of Iraq
The United Nations Climate Summit
Interrelated threats to humans and to the biosphere
Birgitta Jonsdottir, democracy, and freedom of information
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
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
Millay’s “Epitaph for the Race of Man”
Book review: “The Path to Zero”
Albert Einstein, scientist and pacifist
New hope for avoiding catastrophic climate change
Will the real issues be discussed in 2016?
Greed is driving us toward disaster
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
Who is my neighbor?
The world as it is, and the world as it could be
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 http://www.learndev.org/dl/Crisis21-Avery.pdf.
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