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Can the culture of peace be established at the level of the state?

At least one analysis responds to this question by saying that the culture of peace cannot be established with states, because the states have become themselves the culture of war. Here is the argument.

“The state devotes its resources and is more or less controlled, overtly or covertly, by the military throughout the world. This is not new but has been true throughout history.

“Let us begin with the Great Powers. The United States, which we may more appropriately refer to as the “American empire” devotes more than half of its national budget to the military and now maintains hundreds of military bases throughout the world. Countries without an American military base are exceptional. Now we learn that almost every African country has one. A Nobel peace laureate, Barak Obama, aided in this expansion.

“Where is the ultimate power in China if it is not with the Red Army?

“Not one of the world’s nuclear powers, the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea, took part in the negotiations at the United Nations for nuclear disarmament.

“Should we have been surprised when the Arab Spring was cut short by a military coup in Egypt?

“At one time it was believed that believed that peace could be obtained by converting the state from capitalism to socialism. And indeed, in the 20th Century, we saw many examples where capitalist states were indeed overthrown by socialist revolutions. But what ensued was not peace. What ensured was a socialist culture of war instead of a capitalist culture of war.

“And we can see why socialism has failed. A socialist culture of war will alway lose in competition with a capitalist culture of war. Socialists tend to share wealth with their client states, while capitalists exploit their client states. In the long run, it is the capitalist states that win the economic competition. The socialist states must either submit (as was the case of the USSR) or become capitalist (as in the case of China).

“If socialism is to succeed it cannot be based on the state. If peace is to be obtained, it cannot be based on the state.”

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

Macron, Merkel defend multilaterism as Trump avoids peace forum

2018 “World Beyond War” Toronto Conference Included Workshop on Departments and Infrastructures for Peace

Discussion question: Does Costa Rica have a culture of peace?

Film: Costa Rica Abolished its Military, Never Regretted it

Survey of national measures and unilateral efforts toward disarmament

Consolidation as a zone of peace is the aim of Venezuela

Consolidarse como una zona de paz es el objetivo de Venezuela

Suisse 2013: Un Nid pour la Paix – Sixième Sommet de l’Alliance Globale pour les Ministères et Infrastructures pour la Paix

Switzerland 2013: Nesting Peace – Sixth Summit of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace

Outgoing Rep. Dennis Kucinich: With 2 Parties Failing U.S., It’s on Us to Build a

Lema de Cumbre ASPA: Una cultura de paz, inclusión y desarrollo

Slogan of the ASPA Summit: A culture of peace, inclusion and development

The PRI to propose a National Commission for the Culture of Peace in Mexico

Plantea PRI crear Comisión Nacional para la Cultura de la Paz

The Fifth Summit of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments

How can we ensure that science contributes to peace and sustainable development?

This discussion question applies to the following articles:

Brazil mulls deforestation patterns as Lula government launches new action plan

Peace Dividend Signatories: Over 50 Nobel laureates and presidents of learned societies

Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying – IPCC

Scientists Found A New Way To Break Down the Most Common Plastic

The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Moroccan Researcher Karima El Azhary Wins International Sustainable Development Award

Environmental damage is a war crime, scientists say

Youth for climate: 130 scientists support the youth climate strike

Spain: A group of professors creates ‘Manifesto for the Survival of the Planet’

Researchers Develop Artificial Photosynthesis System that Generates Both Hydrogen Fuel and Electricity

Città della Pieve, Italy: The Declaration of the Scientists for Peace

Tunis: Strengthening the scientific partnership between Iran and the Arab countries

Jordan: Peace through science

The Senegalese winners of the “Next Einstein Forum” present the results of their scientific work

Science for Everyone, for More Democracy

Les sciences pour tous, pour plus de démocratie (France)

International Symposium 2013 “Science, Technology and Culture of Peace (France)

Can peace be achieved in Mindanao?

It would seem from the following excerpt from the CPNN bulletin of September 2018 that peace is possible in Mindanao:

On July 27, Philippine President Duterte signed into law the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BOL) which aims to complete the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the Southern Philippines. The agreement gives the Moro people greater autonomy in ruling their homeland in Mindanao.

Following the ratification of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on the BOL said “It’s a new dawn for Bangsamoro in Mindanao.” “The MILF and the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) are ready to work with the Philippine Government especially in the conduct of the plebiscite that will be held around November.”

Four years of lobbying for the inclusion of peace education in the BOL was crowned with success. Under Article IX, the Education provision of the BOL, second paragraph says: “The Bangsamoro government shall institutionalize peace education in all levels of education” Some 6,000 new teachers are deployed in five southern provinces and they are now actively helping propagate interfaith solidarity among schoolchildren in support of the government’s Mindanao peace efforts.

Putting the new law into practice, in an historic solidarity event, the Philippine military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gathered together to celebrate the muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha.

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

Peace Education among top priorities in the new Bangsamoro Government

“Peace through dialogue: Our destiny” is theme of Mindanao Week of Peace 2018

A ‘new dawn’ for Mindanao’s Bangsamoro

6,000 teachers deployed to promote peace in Mindanao (Philippines)

Philippines: Hope, compassion reign over at the peace month culmination in Iligan

The Mindanao-Sulu Peace and History Education Project (Philippines)

Philippines: Local Bangsamoro films show peaceful, harmonious side of Mindanao

Philippines: Mindanao mayors back Bangsamoro Basic Law

Interfaith dialogue vs. ‘spoilers’ of Mindanao peace set in Cotabato

Nonviolent Peaceforce opens protection site in Lanao del Norte (Philippines)

Philippines: Schools of Peace: Antidote to culture of war, violence

Philippines: Bangsamoro peace pact a major contribution to country, world

Nonviolent Peaceforce Statement On Framework Agreement On The Bangsamoro (FAB) Signing (Philippines)

One Step Closer to Peace in the Philippines

Why peace has a foothold in the Philippines

Peace Initiatives in SOCSARGEN-Philippines

Thousands call on UN to prevent massive war in Philippines

How can we be sure to get news about peace demonstrations?

It has been argued that over the past century the control of information, especially through the mass media, has become the most important characteristic of the culture of war. Why?

It is because there has been such an advance over the past century in democratic participation that the modern state is forced to justify its culture of war. Since people in general do not want war, the state and its military-industrial complex must convince them that military preparations are necessary in the face of external enemies. This is a major change from earlier history when the state was not subject to election by the people and it could pursue its policies regardless of their attitudes.

In fact, we see that the mass media in countries with the most powerful military forces, such as the United States, are pro-military and continually publish propaganda against external enemies and give priority to news about unavoidable violence and disaster. They do not give place to peace initiatives.

If the commercial mass media will not give us news about peace demonstrations, how can we be sure to get it?

The answer is in the alternative media like CPNN that do not rely on advertising and support from the military-industrial-financial complex.

Here are comments in this regard from a recent meeting during Independent Media Week, now in its 13th year in Oregon.

Citing the “unprecedented antagonism of the Trump administration to media,” Jeff Golden, producer of “Immense Possibilities” on Southern Oregon Public TV, said our challenges didn’t start Jan. 20, because, years ago, much of the media abandoned its role in public service and became driven by profit.

This trend greatly increases the need for independent media, he notes, and much of it can flower on the internet.

“We’d be in much deeper trouble than we are now if not for independent media.”

(Click here for earlier discussion on this question.)

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

Austrian Censorship of Peace Conference Is An Outrage

More examples available of Russian opposition to the war against Ukraine

March 17: The struggle for free flow of information about the Russian war against Ukraine

Russian anti-war movement takes shape on the streets – and on screens

Russian regulator censors Ukraine war coverage, reporters told to toe Kremlin line

Over a Million Mobilize for International Women’s Day in Latin America

United States: Who Is Clare Grady and Why Should We Care that She is in Federal Prison?

USA: Patriots for Peace fighting the good fight

Launch of the Second World March for Peace and Nonviolence

2nd Walk for the Culture of Peace in Cotia, Brazil, receives support from the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

The Americas are preparing for the second World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Peacecamp Steinwenden, Germany, 28 June

UK: Nationwide Public Meeting Tour: Stop Bombing Yemen, Stop Arming Saudi

Peace and disarmament on the streets of Germany

UK: Protests: Trump & May – No More Bombs on Syria, 13-16 April, Nationwide

Global Anti-war Protests Against US-led Aggression in Syria[

London: International Peace Congress April 7

United Kingdom: Thousands call for Britain’s nuclear deterrent Trident to be scrapped

Protest to Stop Western Intervention in Syria

International Conference: Confronting War Ten Years On

Thousands march in London for Gaza and freedom for Palestine

October 27 Anti-War Marches in US

Peace Rally in Helena, Montana “>

Demonstrations around the World

Can peace be achieved in South Sudan?

It was back in 2015 that we reported on a peace agreement in the long war in South Sudan. At the time Nonviolent Peaceforce told us that “While the signing of the agreement is not a guarantee of peace, it is a public declaration of constructive, peaceful and positive intentions to end the war. Having been on the front line of the conflict since the first day, the Nonviolent Peaceforce team is greatly relieved at the signing of the agreement and we want to extend our appreciation and support to the parties as they move into this new phase. We look forward to seeing strong, people centred leadership and action to move into the implementation of this agreement starting with an urgent and immediate cessation of hostilities. Getting to peace is as complicated if not more so than getting to war. The road ahead will be a long one that will take the dedication of all South Sudanese and the support of the international community to engage in reconciliation, justice and reconstruction.

Since then the struggle goes on to make the peace agreement take hold, and we continue to report on whether progress is being made.

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

South Sudan : Community leaders in Unity state pledge to promote a culture of peace

Sudan: Darfur deal welcomed by UN chief as ‘historic achievement’

Humanitarian community praise Sudan PM’s visit to Nuba Mtns

Churches in South Sudan promote “three pillars of peace”

The women who helped bring down Sudan’s president

Southern Sudanese leaders agree to promote a culture of peace

South Sudanese speak on new peace deal

South Sudan Chapter of African Union Master Plan Roadmap “Practical Steps To Silencing The Guns By 2020”

‘Back to Learning’ education campaign to benefit half a million children in South Sudan

Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan: The extremes of the human spirit

Winners of Youth Innovation Challenge to Engage in Peacebuilding in South Sudan

Beating the drum for peace: A chat with the general secretary of the South Sudan Council of Churches

Peace Agreement in South Sudan

Nonviolent Peaceforce: Urgent Update from South Sudan

Nonviolent Peaceforce: Women’s Peacekeeping Teams incorporated into South Sudan communities

Sudan Open University Graduates Sign Peace Pledge

Children’s Thoughts on Peace: Marking 1 Year of Civil War in South Sudan

Sudan: Unamid Organizes Cultural Festival in Mellit

How One Agency Is Trying to Bring Peace to Sudan

Emma’s War: A Book Review

Can peace be achieved between Ethiopia and Eritrea?

February 2019

Recent positive developments concerning the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea have given the global community with more confidence that relations among the two arch-rivals are normalizing.

The United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), and the European Union (EU) are some of the various international actors that welcomed recent positive moves made by the two East African nations that experienced one of Africa’s deadliest wars and the subsequent two-decade-long armed standoff.

October 2019

In according the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019, “the Norwegian Nobel Committee hopes that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and has East Africa’s largest economy. A peaceful, stable and successful Ethiopia will have many positive side-effects, and will help to strengthen fraternity among nations and peoples in the region. With the provisions of Alfred Nobel’s will firmly in mind, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sees Abiy Ahmed as the person who in the preceding year has done the most to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019.”

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

English bulletin September 1, 2018


This month we look at progress toward peace (or lack of progress) in five major wars and military confrontations: Philippines; Colombia; Ethiopia and Eritrea/North and South Korea; and Israel/Palestine.

On July 27, Philippine President Duterte signed into law the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BOL) which aims to complete the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the Southern Philippines. The agreement gives the Moro people greater autonomy in ruling their homeland in Mindanao.

Following the ratification of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on the BOL said “It’s a new dawn for Bangsamoro in Mindanao.” “The MILF and the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) are ready to work with the Philippine Government especially in the conduct of the plebiscite that will be held around November.”

Four years of lobbying for the inclusion of peace education in the BOL was crowned with success. Under Article IX, the Education provision of the BOL, second paragraph says: “The Bangsamoro government shall institutionalize peace education in all levels of education” Some 6,000 new teachers are deployed in five southern provinces and they are now actively helping propagate interfaith solidarity among schoolchildren in support of the government’s Mindanao peace efforts.

Putting the new law into practice, in an historic solidarity event, the Philippine military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gathered together to celebrate the muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha.

Following two decades of hostile relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a joint peace and friendship agreement was signed by the two countries on 9 July in Asmara. At a rally that was organized by the communities of Eritrea and Ethiopia on 3 August, thousands of citizens of both countries expressed support to the historic agreement reached between President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed to normalize relation. As a result of the agreement, there have been a series of reconciliation agreements with various armed groups, including the Oromo Liberation Front, the Amhara Democratic Forces Movement, and most recently reconciliation talks with the Tigray People’s Democratic Movement.

For years, the strife between Ethiopia and Eritrea weakened the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in the region. Now, it is hoped that IGAD can play its role for for peace and cooperation, similar to that of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which are relatively successful in reinforcing peace and stability as well as cooperation among their members.

For years now, we have followed the peace process in Colombia. Although the newly elected government in Colombia has opposed part of the peace accords at a national level, outoing President Santos considers that the “peace is irreversible” and there continues to be progress towards peace at the departmental level. In the Department of Bolivar, the project Ruta de la Paz, is promoting tourism and cultural development in regions and municipalities that were affected by the Colombian armed conflict. And in the Department of Caldas, teachers of public educational institutions, cultural managers, librarians, social leaders, police, members of the Red Cross and members of the municipal councils have become peace promoters through the diploma “Rural education as a scenario in peace building.”

Although Afro-Colombians have become disenchanted with the implementation of the accords in their region on the West Coast, they have continued to build peace in their own ways. Residents are creating local peace-building initiatives, and last year, the residents of Buenaventura and the surrounding area shut down the city in a civil strike, demanding a recognition of their rights.

This year we have followed the progress towards an eventual peace agreement and reconciliation between North and South Korea. Progress has been slow in recent months, but a peace summit is planned for the North’s capital of Pyongyang this month. It will mark the third meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Finally, we consider the long-standng conflict between Palestine and Israel which periodically erupts into open warfare. In the latest development, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proposed a United Nations-led armed international mission to defend Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza from the Israeli army. Unfortunately, it seems that this cannot be achieved because of the veto power of the United States in the Security Council.



A ‘new dawn’ for Mindanao’s Bangsamoro


How Corporations ‘Bypassed the Politics’ to Lead on Clean Energy in 2017


Petropolis-Peace celebrates one year and 400 mediations


More Than 300 Newspapers Denounce Trump Attacks on the Press


Historic leap in Tunisia: Women make up 47 per cent of local government


Teachers, activists denounce U.S. immigration policies, attempt to deliver books, toys to detained children


UN Chief Proposes Armed Peacekeeping Force to Protect Palestinians


Brazil: Culture of Peace will be the theme of a free lecture in Guarujá

English bulletin June 1, 2018


Two major international events for peace that had been scheduled for May and June were cancelled or postponed this month, and, as a result, civil society has taken up the initiatives.

We are referring to the high level meeting between the Presidents of the United States and North Korea that had been scheduled for June 12 and the United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament that was scheduled to open on May 14.

In Korea, the Nobel Women’s Initiative joined with thousands of Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War, reunification of families and women’s leadership in the peace process. They held international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where they listened to Korean women and shared experiences and ideas of mobilizing women to bring an end to war and violent conflict. And on May 24, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, along with 1200 Korean women, they successfully crossed the 2-mile wide De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) that separates millions of Korean families as a symbolic act of peace.

As readers of CPNN know from the bulletins of July, August and November, 2017, the proposal for a United Nations High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament was a followup to the landmark UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The Conference was supported by the nations of the Non-Aligned Movement. However, it seems that pressure from the nuclear states has forced them to withdraw their sponsorship and postpone the conference. It seems now that it may never take place.

Although the Conference is not taking place, many organizations are taking up the cause for nuclear disarmament. In CPNN this month, we carry articles about initiatives by the World Medical Association, by women parliamentarians from around the world, by local activists at one of the largest American nuclear facilities and by the American Campaign for Compliance with the Nuclear Ban Treaty.

The Council of the World Medical Association, with delegates from almost 40 national medical associations, meeting in Latvia, expressed their strong concern about the growing threat of nuclear war and spoke about the catastrophic consequences of these weapons on human health and the environment. They urged all states to promptly sign and implement the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

49 women parliamentarians from around the world, under the auspices of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, have issued an appeal, Common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world. They come from Kazakhstan, Marshall Islands, Austria, Australia, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Germany, Portugal, New Zealand, Sweden, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Jordan, UK, Norway, USA, Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica.

In Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the largest nuclear production facilities in the United States, local activists have raised enough money for a lawsuit to stop a new nuclear processing plant. At the same time they have carried their message against nuclear weapons to international meetings and to the United Nations.

The American Campaign for Compliance with the Nuclear Ban Treaty is mobilizing the civil society at all levels, individuals, businesses, faith communities, schools, organizations, cities and states to be in ‘compliance’ with the Nuclear Ban Treaty. Their goal is to put pressure on the nuclear weapons industry and eventually force the federal government to sign and implement the Nuclear Ban Treaty.

Finally, at another level, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has announced a new initiative for disarmament, focusing on three priorities – weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, and new battlefield technologies. Hopefully, the pressure for disarmament and peace coming from both above and below the level of the state will be able to push through some progress.



Women legislators release appeal for common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world


Women legislators release appeal for common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world


Mexico: Congress Exhorts the City Councils to contribute to the culture of peace


Solar Leads Record Renewables Investment


Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network meets in Berlin to promote women’s role in peace processes


The carnage against Gaza civilian protesters


The Coming Wave of Climate Displacement


Brazil: Experts Support Teacher Training for Culture of Peace

Can Korea be reunified in peace?

Although there have been advances toward a peaceful reunification of Korea from time to time since the War of the 1950’s, the most significant step forward came in the beginning of 2018 with the joint participation in the Olympic Games of PyeongChang.

Since then, as indicated by the many CPNN articles on the right, progress has continued toward a peaceful reunification.

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

Pocheon, Republic of Korea – International Cities of Peace

Give peace a chance, says South Korean cardinal

The peace process on the Korean Peninsula must go on

Over 250 prominent women leaders call on President Trump and Chairman Kim to end the Korean War

Korea: PyeongChang Global Peace Forum Calls on Leaders at DPRK-US Summit

UNESCO proposes concrete projects to implement inter-Korean reconciliation

North and South Korea to hold third peace summit in Pyongyang

South Korea reactions after Trump-Kim summit

Singapore Agreement Breaks ‘Last Remaining Cold War Legacy’ – S Korean President

Toward a Truly Indigenous Peace in the Korean Peninsula

Rain or Shine: Dispatch from South Korea

“Our Dreams Are Coming True”: Peace Activists Celebrate as Korean Leaders Vow to Officially End War

(Olympics) Top organizer says ‘world became one’ during PyeongChang Winter Olympics

UN chief in Pyeongchang; Olympic message of peace is universal, beacon for human solidarity, culture of peace

S.Korea receives DPRK’s list of 5-member delegation for high-level talks

Do you think handguns should be banned?, Why or why not?

Here are the comments of Henry A. Giroux, writing in Tikkun magazine. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy:

“Passing thoughts on the willingness of the politicians and merchants of death who allow the unimaginable to become imaginable, allow financial gain to prevail over the lives of innocent children, and are more willing to protect guns at the expense of the lives of children.

President Trump listened recently to the impassioned testimony of parents and children who have seen their children and friends killed in gun shootings. He responded by advocating that teachers be armed and trained to have concealed weapons.

Instead of confronting the roots of violence in America, he followed the NRA line of addressing the issue of mass violence, shootings, and the ongoing carnage with a call to arm more people, putting more guns into play, and stating that violence can be met with more violence. This logic is breathtaking in its insanity, moral depravity, refusal to get to the root of the problem, and even advocate minor reforms such as banning assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and expanding background checks.

There are 300 million guns in the United States and since the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School of 20 young children and 6 teachers a decade ago, 11,000 more children have died of gun violence.

There is no defense for putting the policies of the NRA ahead of the lives of children. Criminal acts often pass for legislative policies. How else to explain the Florida legislature refusing to even debate outlawing assault weapons while students from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School sat in the galleys and watched this wretched and irresponsible act take place. How else to explain that the House of Representatives – reduced to an adjunct of the NRA – voted to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R.38) which would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons across state lines. These are the people who have the blood of thousands on their hands.

The power of money in politics has morphed into a form of barbarism in which financial gain and power have become more important than protecting the lives of America’s children.

I find it extremely difficult to watch the debates about gun violence on the mainstream media. The call for reform is so limited as to be useless. Instead of banning assault rifles, they celebrate Trump for suggesting that he raise the age to 21 in order for people to buy a weapon of war. Instead of preventing violence from engulfing the country and schools, he calls for arming teachers and the press celebrates his willingness to entertain this issue. Instead of speaking about justice and allowing people to speak who are against deregulating laws restricting or abolishing the merchants of death, the media allows an NRA hawk to speak at the town meeting and rather than calling her out for being a spokesperson for violence rather than justice, they congratulate themselves on promoting balance.

The corporate media has become a normalizing force for violence because they lack the courage to challenge the corporations that control them. They also benefit by peddling extreme violence as a spectacle. They refuse to begin with the issue of money in politics and start instead with what one parent called non-starters. Guns disappear from the conversation and appeals to fear and security take over. Young people have to lead this conversation and move beyond the mainstream media. And when they do appear they have to flip the script and ask the questions they think are important.

Children no longer have a safe space in America, a country saturated in violence as a spectacle, sport, and deadly acts of domestic terrorism. Any defense for the proliferation of guns, especially those designed for war, is criminal. This is the discourse of political corruption, a government in the hands of the gun lobbies, and a country that trades in violence at every turn in order to accrue profits at the expense of the lives of innocent children.

This debate is not simply about gun violence, it is about the rule of capital and how the architects of violence accrue enough power to turn machineries of death and destruction into profits while selling violence as a commodity. Violence is both a source of profits and a cherished national ideal. It is also the defining feature of a toxic masculinity. Gun reform is no substitute for real justice and the necessary abolition of a death-dealing and cruel economic and political system that is the antithesis of democracy.

What are we to make of a society in which young children have a greater sense of moral courage and social responsibility than the zombie adults who make the laws that fail to invest in and protect the lives of present and future generations. First step, expose their lies, make their faces public, use the new media to organize across state lines, and work like hell to vote them out of office in 2018. Hold these ruthless walking dead responsible and then banish them to the gutter where they belong. At the same time, imagine and fight for not a reform of American society but a restructuring along the lines of a democratic socialist order.”

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

ABC News Report Claims No Past Mass Shooters Have Been Veterans; At Least 31% Have Been

‘We Refuse to Go On Like This’: US Students Walk Out to Demand Gun Control

Biden asks Congress to ban ‘weapons of war on our streets’ as he uses 3rd anniversary of Parkland shooting to demand gun control

Global Human Rights Movement Issues Travel Warning for the U.S. due to Rampant Gun Violence

U.S. students walk out again to protest gun violence

March For Our Lives wins International Children’s Peace Prize 2018

USA: Update on March For Our Lives

USA: March For Our Lives: Road to Change

USA: Meet The Students Who Dreamed Up Friday’s National School Walkout

U.S. student anti-gun activists to keep momentum alive over summer

USA: The Missing Link in the Gun Debate

In pictures: ‘March for Our Lives’ Rallies Demand Stricter US Gun Controls

‘No more’ or we vote you out: students lead huge U.S. anti-gun rallies

USA: Branford High Students Find Their Voice

2018 Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

‘It’s Time To Take Action’: Students Lead Protest to Change Gun Laws

First National Bank dumps NRA, will no longer issue NRA Visa card

Women-led initiatives promote nonviolence in the US

USA: Educator unions reject guns in schools

Please Watch ‘Bowling for Columbine’ With Me This Saturday Night

Rays of hope in Newtown (United States)

US Senator to Introduce Gun Control Bill

Culture of peace, present in “Goodbye to guns. Contraband at the borders”

Cultura de paz, presente en “Adiós a las armas. Contrabando en las fronteras”

Bowling for Columbine: A great bang for your movie buck