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Review of John Scales Avery’s Book ‘Nuclear Weapons: an Absolute Evil’

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By Anne Baring*

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has recently announced (25/1/18) that they have moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock to two minutes to mid-night. A few days before this announcement was made a statement by General Sir Nick Carter appeared in The Times in the United Kingdom: “Our ability to pre-empt or respond to threats will be eroded if we don’t keep up with our adversaries.” (The Times 22/1/2018).


Source: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

This statement encapsulates the mind-set that drives the Military-Industrial Complex in the nuclear nations and its interminable preparations for and anticipation of a future war. It could ultimately lead to one of these nations, whether deliberately or inadvertently, unleashing on the world the catastrophe of a nuclear war.

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Interview with John Scales Avery, One of the Greatest Living Intellectuals on Earth

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By Binu Mathew | CounterCurrents

15 Mar 2017 – I’m at the home of one of the greatest living intellectuals on earth. In the cold, windy Copenhagen weather as we ring the bell John Scales Avery opens the door and welcomes me and my friend John Graversgaard warmly into his home. He serves us coffee and we talk. I’m stunned by his humility and breadth of knowledge.


John Avery is someone who is an academician but not restrained by the rigidity of the academic community. He is a scientist but not constrained to his area of study. He is someone who connects the dots. With his deep knowledge and vast experience he surmises human destiny scientifically.  No, he is someone who is worried about the fate of all life forms on earth.

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

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By Dr. Dorothy Guyot*

The Need for a New Economic System by John Scales Avery is an important book for everyone concerned over the future of humanity.

product_thumbnailThe urgent voice of the book stems from Dr. Avery’s seeing the discontinuity between the loving care that people bestow on their children and their failure to reduce the harm to their children from a destructive economic system, climate change, resource depletion, and war.

This book of advocacy demonstrates the need for solutions to problems created under the present economic system. Political-economic analyses of the causes of the problems and of solutions are outside of the scope of the book.

Scattered through the book are a few general policy suggestions. At the center is Avery’s assessment sector by sector of the critical problems that must be solved to avert disasters.

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John Scales Avery – Collected Essays

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By John Scales Avery*

 13 January 2016

During the years 2012-2015, I wrote a number of articles on the urgent problems which the world is facing today, and also discussed the solutions that are available to us.

cover-2Most of these articles were published by Countercurrents, TMS Weekly Digest and Human Wrongs Watch.

A few appeared on Waging Peace, the website of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and in Erudito and Cadmus, (which are journals of the World Academy of Art and Science), or on the website the Learning Development Institute.

The long essay, “Against the Institution of War”was first published by the Pari Center for New Learning.

I am extremely grateful to Editors Binu Mathiew, Antonio C.S. Rosa and Baher Kamel, Professors Ivo Slaus, Gary Jakobs and David Peat, and also to Dr. David Krieger and Dr. Jan Visser for their great kindness and encouragement.

Three collections of these articles and essays will be published by Irene Publishing ( Volume 3 is already available on Amazon, and the other volumes will be there within a month or so.

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We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 11: John Stuart Mill

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By John Scales Avery

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 11: John Stuart Mill. The others will follow successively.


Figure 11.1: John Stuart Mill and his stepdaughter Helen Taylor, with whom he worked for fteen years after the death of his wife, Harriet Taylor Mills (Wikipedia).

He was not allowed to have a childhood

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) showed his genius at an early age, and his father, the Utilitarian philosopher and political economist James Mill, immediately began to groom him to replace Jeremy Bentham as the leader of the Utilitarian movement.

From the age of 3 onwards, Mill was deliberately kept away from children of his own age and made to spend all his waking hours in study.

Play was not allowed, since it would break the habit of continual diligence.

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Debt Slavery

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By John Scales Avery*

At the moment, the issue of debt slavery is very topical because of the case of Greece; but it is an issue that has a far more general significance.

**Image: Campaign poster showing William McKinley holding U.S. flag and standing on gold coin

**Campaign poster showing William McKinley holding U.S. flag and standing on gold coin “sound money”, held up by group of men, in front of ships “commerce” and factories “civilization”. | The United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division | Author: Northwestern Litho. Co, Milwaukee | Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

Usury, the charging of interest on loans, has a history of being forbidden by several major religions, including not only the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but also the ancient Vedic Scriptures of India. (

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Remembering the 1960’s

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Lessons for today from the 1960’s

Everyone agrees that the 1960’s were very special. Those of us who lived through that era remember it as a time when the danger of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was very real indeed.


John Scales Avery

The world came extremely close to disaster during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

In response to the threat of nuclear destruction, there were massive public protests against nuclear weapons. Millions of people all over the world took to the streets.

Where is that passion and engagement today? When the Cold War supposedly ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, everyone heaved a sigh of relief, and decided that the threat of global nuclear annihilation had gone away. But it has not gone away. It is still with us, and is perhaps greater today than ever before. Why do we not protest? Where are the millions of protesters that we saw in the 1960’s?

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Climate and the U.S. Election

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By John Scales Avery

Why the 2020 election is so important

The U.S. election in November is critical
The U.S. election in November is critical | Image from Wall Street International.

September 2020 (Wall Street International)* —  Why did Prof. Noam Chomsky call the U.S. Republican Party “The most dangerous organization in the history of the world”?

He did so because the party is characterized by climate change denial and by support for giant fossil fuel corporations.

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Vote by Mail – An Alternative to the US Postal Service

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By John Scales Avery

31 July 2020 (Wall Street International)*The US Postal Service is in trouble: according to an article by Prof. Philip F. Rubio, entitled “Save the Postal Service”, published in Atlantic Monthly on April 24, 2020, “The USPS has said that it needs $89 billion in assistance, including $25 billion in grants.”

Republicans realize that they will lose if the 2020 election is fairRepublicans realize that they will lose if the 2020 election is fair | Image from Wall Street International.

Republicans realize that they will lose if the 2020 election is fair

Donald Trump’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the pandemic’s terrible economic effects, have made Republicans unpopular; and this is reflected in recent polls. It seems extremely likely that if large numbers of voters participate in the November election, the Democrats will win.

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The International Criminal Court’s Enormous Importance

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Power to Make and Enforce Laws Acting on Individuals


John Scales Avery

The history of the Federal Constitution of the United States is an interesting one. It was preceded by the Articles of Confederation, which were written by the Second Continental Congress between 1776 and 1777, but it soon became clear that Confederation was too weak a form of union for a collection of states.

George Mason, one of the drafters of the Federal Constitution, believed that “such a government was necessary as could directly operate on individuals, and would punish those only whose guilt required it’”, while another drafter, James Madison, wrote that the more he reflected on the use of force, the more he doubted “the practicality, the justice and the efficacy of it when applied to people collectively, and not individually.”

Finally, Alexander Hamilton, in his Federalist Papers, discussed the Articles of Confederation with the following words:

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