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

Human Wrongs Watch 

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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Our World Is Burning – Two Time Scales

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5 October 2020 (Wall Street International)*  — The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. 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 in the ground. Forests must be saved from destruction by beef or palm oil production.
The dangerous greenhouse gas methane is bubbling up from melting permafrost in the Arctic and from the shallow seas north of Siberia
The dangerous greenhouse gas methane is bubbling up from melting permafrost in the Arctic and from the shallow seas north of Siberia | Image from Wall Street International.

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

Human Wrongs Watch

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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67 Years in the Peace Movement

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A new freely downloadable book


John Scales Avery

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses the things that I have experienced during my 67 years of work in the peace movement.

The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link:

Holger Terp’s invitation

Seven years ago, Holger Terp, the founder and web editor of the Danish Peace Academy, invited me to write something about my 60 years of work in the peace movement.

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Water and Life

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

26 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — In its home page on World Water Day the United Nations points out the following facts:

The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific
The Colorado River is reduced to a trickle when it reaches the Pacific | Image from Wall Street International.
  • today, 1 in 3 people live without safe drinking water;
  • by 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year;
  • climate-resilient water supply and sanitation could save the lives of more than 360,000 infants every year;
  • if we limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, we could cut climate-induced water stress by up to 50%;
  • extreme weather has caused more than 90% of major disasters over the last decade;
  • by 2040, global energy demand is projected to increase by over 25% and water demand is expected to increase by more than 50%.

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Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A new report, published on 14 Mar 2021 in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly. Here is a link to the article:

John Scales Avery

John Scales Avery

The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel Prize winners to discuss the state of the planet. The virtual meeting will be held on April 26-28, 2021.

We Must Achieve a Steady-State Economic System

A steady-state economic system is necessary because neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely on a finite earth. No one can maintain that exponential industrial growth is sustainable in the long run except by refusing to look more than a short  distance into the future.

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