peace Archive

  • How much does a war cost?

    A previous post on this blog investigated how it was worth to Britain that it was no longer at risk of fighting a world war against Germany.  For all the attempts to quantify the benefits to the economy from EU membership in terms of larger […]

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  • Is war really in decline?

    It is worth reading an article in Foreign Policy magazine by Joshua S Goldstein on the future of warfare, “Think Again: War”.  Writing for an American audience, Professor Goldstein notes that in the past decade there have been fewer wars and fewer deaths in war […]

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  • World peace through world trade

    Apparently it is the 100th birthday of IBM, the American computer company, formed through a merger of the Tabulating Machine Company, the International Time Recording Company and the Computing Scale Company of America on 16 June 1911. Its president during the 1930s, Thomas J Watson […]

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  • Proof that peace is not news

    At any other moment in modern European history, the following story would be big news:  “Germany to abolish compulsory military service“. A continual theme in the history of Europe is the sheer destructiveness of warfare – one third of the German and Czech populations died […]

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  • The moral case against defence cuts

    Amid the arguments about the forthcoming spending cuts should fall, a new argument has been voiced to protect defence spending.  It is a moral argument. A letter in the Daily Telegraph on 5 October, from Professor Gwyn Prins of the LSE and three others, argues […]

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  • Albert Einstein: “Nationalism is an infantile disease”

    Nationalism is an infantile disease, the measles of mankind. “What Life Means to Einstein: An Interview by George Sylvester Viereck” The Saturday Evening Post (26 October 1929) Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing power to make great decisions for good […]

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  • W B Curry: “The Case for Federal Union”

    “Suppose that, like the States of the USA all states had lost the right to maintain armed forces, the right to do what they like in matters affecting other countries, the right to impose tariffs or interfere with free travel. What a hideous slavery would […]

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  • Obama in Oslo

    The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama was widely dismissed as premature, a sentiment that President Obama himself acknowledged in his acceptance speech. (Read the speech here.) Furthermore, President Obama also felt it necessary to explain why he could accept the award […]

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  • War is hell (2)

    I have written on this blog before about the impact that fighting has on people – how violent acts create a violent culture that spreads within society. This is aside of course from what it actually does to the victims. Now there are news reports […]

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  • Peace and security are not the same thing

    One of the first things I wrote on this website is an article called “Peace and security are not the same thing”. Apologies for my lack of imagination, but I think that lack of imagination is widely shared. The crisis in Gaza is living proof […]

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