US economic, peace breakthroughs technically easy, AND require public demand

I teach high school government and economics; I promise ordinary people understand available breakthroughs because they are simple:

PROBLEM: Wars.

EASY BREAKTHROUGH: War is illegal. Treaties after two world wars make armed attack illegal unless in self-defense from armed attack by a nation’s government. Since there are no lawful orders in unlawful war, US military can exercise their Oath of Enlistment and training to refuse unlawful orders, and officers arrest those who issue unlawful orders. That said, this breakthrough can only happen with enough demand from within US military and the US public, or these unlawful wars led by “emperor has no clothes” War Criminals will continue at the cost of millions of lives and trillions of dollars.

PROBLEM: Increasing national and total US debt.

EASY BREAKTHROUGH: Pay the national debt with debt-free money as we eliminate private banks’ ability to create debt (credit or so-called “loans”). Use debt-free money for infrastructure investment: this can provide full-employment, the best infrastructure we can imagine, and falling overall prices because infrastructure returns more to the economy that its cost (full explanation, documentation). Replace private banks with public banks as a tool to manage overall money supply (imagine 2% mortgages and credit cards from a state bank that covers your total state tax bill). That said, Americans have to demand an end our rigged-casino economy of the present that transfers trillions of the public’s wealth to an oligarchy protected by government.

PROBLEM: Expanding technology and automation leads to an economy whereby not everyone will need to work for a living.

EASY BREAKTHROUGH: Resource-based economics can provide case studies to experiment with new models that optimize public benefits of technology that free time while optimizing resources.

Importantly: My teenage students are quick to recover from their shattered trust of US economic and political leadership. They generally respond something like: “WTF?” (“What the finance?”), then quickly to something like, “These ‘leaders’ are asset holes, and with corporate media are nothing more than lying sacks of spin!”

When a critical mass of the US adults recognize what my students recognize, We the People will have our breakthroughs in an “emperor has no clothes” transformation.

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  • ForestSilverwood

    I wish more people realized this. It just tears me up that so many people in power think war is a better choice than agreements. In this day and age, information can travel from one side of the planet to the other almost instantly.

    Intellectual agreements should be far more easy and far more profitable than war. War comes from illogical wants that just don’t make sense to someone that actually thinks things through and considers what the other party wants.

    I’m saving this article to a .txt file.

  • Charlie Primero

    This is just sad.

  • http://twitter.com/Joshua_Roberts_ Joshua Roberts

    you are all kinds of fucking awesomeness GW

  • gozounlimited

    Iraq War Ends With A $4 Trillion IOU

    The nine-year-old Iraq war came to an official end on Thursday, but paying for it will continue for decades until U.S. taxpayers have shelled out an estimated $4 trillion. “The direct costs for the war were about $800 billion, but the indirect
    costs, the costs you can’t easily see, that payoff will outlast you and
    me.”

    read more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/iraq-war-ends-with-a-4-trillion-iou-2011-12-15?Link=obinsite
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    WAKE UP AMERICA! – The Real U.S. Budget Problem: Defense & War Spending Equal 94% Of All Federal Income Tax Revenues

    From Reddit:

    I thought this kind of puts things in perspective. In 2010, the US government collected $898 billion in federal income tax revenues. The same year, we spent $847 billion on useless wars and national defense. That means that 94% of all federal income tax revenue is equivalent to what we spend on the Pentagon. Who out there thinks it was money well spent?

    Also, just to piss you off a little bit more – defense spending is equivalent to 443% of what we collect in total corporate taxes.

    read more: http://dailybail.com/home/wake-up-america-the-real-us-budget-problem-defense-war-spend.html
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    The Real Defense Budget

    While everyone knows that the defense budget is large — even in the numbers that the public sees as the formally admitted figures by the Department of Defense — the truth is that when one scratches beneath the bureaucratic veneer, national security spending is much larger, nearly double the amount US citizens are told.

    A Republican, numbers-compulsive defense wonk at the Center for Defense Information, Winslow Wheeler, has published a great summary of what America’s defense budget ‘really’ is.

    see here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/02/the-real-defense-budget/253327/

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    Weather Warfare is Secret Climate Change Agenda: Beware the US Military’s Climatic Weapons

    ‘Climatic warfare’ has been excluded from the agenda on climate change.

    ‘Weather modification will become a part of domestic and international security and could be done unilaterally… It could have offensive and defensive applications and even be used for deterrence purposes. The ability to generate precipitation, fog and storms on earth or to modify space weather… and the production of artificial weather all are a part of an integrated set of [military] technologies.’

    read more: http://aircrap.org/weather-warfare-secret-climate-change-agenda-beware-militarys-climatic-weapons/336487/

    Apparently the US corporate/government has declared climatic warfare on Cali, NY, NJ, etc……

  • nveric

    Problem: Lack of control over the federal government. Public Law 62-5 ended representative democracy in the US.

    Easy Breakthrough: Learn what “power” is and how to organize and fight back to re-claim rightful control again – http://www.aeinstein.org/selfLiberation.html

  • nveric

    Problem: Lack of control over the federal government. Public Law 62-5 ended representative democracy in the US.

    Easy Breakthrough: Learn what “power” is and how to organize and fight back to re-claim rightful control again – http://www.aeinstein.org/selfLiberation.html

 

 

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