Thursday, January 22, 2015
SIMPLE SOLUTIONS FOR HUMANITY'S MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEMS: #2 Peace
My SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity begins in Chapter 1 with Ending Crime and War Forever. I never quite provided a simple solution for war, but my very first Huffington Post article suggested a mechanism:
This was a period when he was still contending with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. I followed with several more HuffPos on this general subject, one which deserves your click:
A little more than three years ago U.S. News and World Report's Debate Club featured nine specialists on Peace and War, eminent people like Congressman Ron Paul (left), who was a candidate for President at that time, and Congressman J. Randy Forbes (right), Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Committee. To quote the introduction:
A meeting of the sharpest minds on the day's most important topics, Debate Club brings in the best arguments and lets readers decide which is the most persuasive. Read the arguments, then vote.
Paul's entry was voted #1, I came in second, with Forbes way down at #8.
I'll keep this posting short and sweet and totally ignore the encyclopedic offerings of greater minds over the past few millennia on how to attain peace. Let me instead merely quote from my debate offering:
In my original HuffPo piece, "Well, Barack, We Have a Problem..., "I suggested that President Barack Obama go to the next G8 summit and pronounce a Gorbachev-like bombshell: America will reduce defense spending by 10 percent this coming year, and will continue to slice 10 percent every year if you all do the same. In just a very few years, military spending will be minimal and the world will be at a higher level of peace forever.
This is the 10 percent simple solution to peace. Before you make any inane comments, click on my various postings to appreciate that Russia is getting feeble, and China will also become old before it gets rich. The United States will be supreme for a long time to come, and those war funds can better be applied to help our country, cure planet earth, and enhance the fate of humanity.