Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Why Anti-War Libertarians Should Join Greens in Boycotting and Divesting from Nuclear Weapons

It probably won't do all that much good, given that there don't seem to be all that many libertarians who anti-war enough to do anything to help and are still alive, but I published an article trying to persuade them to boycott and divest from nuclear weapons here.

These are the references:

  1. Kristensen, Hans, and Robert Norris. “Status of World Nuclear Forces.” Federation of American Scientists. (accessed April 5, 2017).
  2. ICAN. “Nuclear Arsenals.” International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). (accessed April 5, 2017).
  3. Choi, Charles. “'Small' Nuclear War Could Trigger Catastrophic Cooling.” Live Science, March 26, 2014. (accessed April 5, 2017).
  4. Germanos, Andrea. “Nuclear War Could Mean 'Extinction of the Human Race: New report issues 'red flag about the threat to humanity' posed by nuclear weapons; calls for global disarmament.'” Common Dreams, December 10, 2013. (accessed April 6, 2017) "'With a large war between the United States and Russia, we are talking about the possible —not certain, but possible—extinction of the human race,' Helfand told Agence-France Presse.”
  5. Mills, Michael, Owen Toon, Julia Lee-Taylor, and Alan Robock. “Multidecadal global cooling and unprecedented ozone loss following a regional nuclear conflict.” Earth's Future 4, no. 2 (2014). doi:10.1002/2013EF000205. (accessed April 5, 2017).
  6. Stahl, Lesley et al. Who's minding the nukes?” CBS News, 2014. (accessed April 6, 2017). “The warhead on each of these land-based missiles is 20 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima and could kill millions if dropped on a major city. The Air Force still keeps nearly all 450 of them on constant alert, ready to go.
  7. Waging Nonviolence: People-Powered News & Analysis. (accessed April 6, 2017).
  8. Don't Bank on the Bomb. (accessed April 6, 2017).
  9. Chenoweth, Erica, and Stephan, Maria. "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict." Columbia University Press, August 2011. (accessed March 22, 2017).
  10. Lakey, George. "The more violence, the less revolution." Waging Nonviolence, March 6, 2012. (accessed March 22, 2017).
  11. McHenry, Keith, and Chaze Bufe. "You Can't Blow Up A Social Relationship.” In The Anarchist Cookbook. (accessed April 6, 2017).
  12. Tolstoy, Leo. “Chapter VIII.” In The Kingdom of God is Within You. (accessed April 6, 2017).
  13. Rothbard, Murray. “The Anti-War Movement.” In The Complete Libertarian Forum 1969–1984. Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2012. (accessed April 7, 2017).
  14. Nuclear Weapon Producers.” Don't Bank on the Bomb. (accessed April 6, 2017).
  15. "Who invests?” Don't Bank on the Bomb. (accessed April 4, 2017).
  16. "United States: 226 Financial Institutions made an estimated USD$ 344 billion available to 27 nuclear weapon producing companies since January 2013." Don't Bank on the Bomb. (accessed April 4, 2017).
  17. “Don't Bank on Bomb: A Global Report on the Financing of Nuclear Weapons Producers.” Don't Bank on the Bomb. (accessed April 4, 2017).
  18. "The Co-operative Bank.” Don't Bank on the Bomb. (accessed April 4, 2017).
  19. "Banca Etica.” Don't Bank on the Bomb. (accessed April 4, 2017).
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  21. Hess, Karl. “Letter From Washington.” In The Complete Libertarian Forum 1969–1984. Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2012. (accessed April 4, 2017).
  22. Thoreau, Henry David. "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.” The Gutenberg Project. (accessed April 7, 2017). “Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe—'That government is best which governs not at all'; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.” “Is there not a sort of blood shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a man's real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death. I see this blood flowing now.”
  23. King, Martin Luther. “Chapter 2: Morehouse College.” In The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Internet Archive Wayback Machine. (accessed April 7, 2017). “During my student days I read Henry David Thoreau's essay 'On Civil Disobedience' for the first time. Here, in this courageous New Englander's refusal to pay his taxes and his choice of jail rather than support a war that would spread slavery's territory into Mexico, I made my first contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance. Fascinated by the idea of refusing to cooperate with an evil system, I was so deeply moved that I reread the work several times.”
  24. Epictetus. Written down by Arrian. "Book 1, Chapter 1." Discourses. The Internet Classics Archive. (accessed January 15, 2017). “What then should a man have in readiness in such circumstances? What else than 'What is mine, and what is not mine; and permitted to me, and what is not permitted to me.' I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment? 'Tell me the secret which you possess.' I will not, for this is in my power. 'But I will put you in chains.' Man, what are you talking about? Me in chains? You may fetter my leg, but my will not even Zeus himself can overpower. 'I will throw you into prison.' My poor body, you mean. 'I will cut your head off.' When, then, have I told you that my head alone cannot be cut off? These are the things which philosophers should meditate on, which they should write daily, in which they should exercise themselves.”
  25. "Live From Standing Rock (12/11/2016) Chase Iron Eyes & Water Protectors.” Youtube, February 18, 2017. (accessed April 7, 2017). ~5:15-9:32.
  26. Fox, Josh. “Filmmaker Josh Fox witnessed activists getting injured at Standing Rock — and the sheriff's dept. is lying about it.” Facebook/NowThis, December 10, 2016. (accessed February 2, 2017). “They shot my colleague, Erin Schrode, in the back, with a rubber bullet, in the middle of an interview. I witnessed it. […] They completely denied that this happened. […] They used water cannons in 20 degree weather against peaceful protectors, causing instant hypothermia. They also denied that this happened, even though it's on tape. […] They hurled a concussion grenade at an unarmed protector, Sophia Wilansky, completely obliterating her arm. The Morton County Sheriff's Department completely denies having done this. […] The rubber bullets and the concussion grenades have been recovered. They didn't just fall out of the sky, they came from the police force. When the police are blatantly lying, they're no longer the police. And they're certainly not a credible source of information.”
  27. Ross, Alexander R. "Algeria: fracking and the Ain Salah uprising." Ecologist, March 14, 2015. (accessed January 16, 2017). “Protestors reacted to the oppressive measures by rallying at the Gendarme station, and police responded with large quantities of tear gas and rubber bullets. The police violence persisted into Resistance Square, where the rally site was destroyed and tents burned, and over the next few days, hundreds of people were arrested and numerous injuries incurred among the mostly-peaceful protestors.”
  28. "400 DAPL protesters ‘trapped on bridge’ as police fire tear gas, water cannon (VIDEO).” RT, November 2016. (accessed April 7, 2017).
  29. "Police shoot rubber bullets at Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.” RT, November 2016. (accessed April 7, 2017).
  30. Schrode, Erin. “WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO. Speechless. I was shot by militarized police WHILE interviewing a peaceful man at Standing Rock live on camera. [...]” Facebook, November 3, 2016. (accessed February 2, 2017).
  31. Digital Smoke Signals. “Arial view of water cannon spraying and other actions.” Facebook, November 20, 2016. (accessed February 3, 2017).
  32. Unicorn Riot. “Police Tear Gas #NoDAPL Water Protectors.” Facebook, November 20, 2016. (accessed February 3, 2017).
  33. Unicorn Riot. "Police Attack Unarmed Water Protectors w/ Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and Water Cannons; 300+ injured.” Unicorn Riot, November 21, 2016. (accessed February 3, 2017).
  34. Haze, Meko and Kevin Gilbertt. “Collection of Kevin Gilbertt’s livestream from Standing Rock.” The Daily Haze, November 20, 2016. (accessed February 17, 2017).
  35. Stelloh, Tim et al. “Dakota Pipeline: Protesters Soaked With Water in Freezing Temperatures.” NBC News, November 21, 2016. (accessed February 20, 2017).
  36. "Deadly Environment: A rising death toll on our environmental frontiers is escaping international attention.” Global Witness, April 15, 2014. (accessed April 7, 2017).
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  38. Aesop. “The Wolf and The Crane.” Fables of Aesop. (accessed April 7, 2017). “In serving the wicked, expect no reward, and be thankful if you escape injury for your pains.”
  39. Rothbard, Murray. "Libertarians in a State-Run World.” Mises Daily Articles. (accessed April 7, 2017). “Surely there are no moral systems that require people to be martyrs.”
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