OpEdNews Op Eds

A deadly monster. Part 2: Its outmatched and divided opposition

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 1   Supported 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

Become a Fan
  (10 fans)

opednews.com

                                        Strength in Numbers?

                                 Corpocracy Yes: E Pluribus Unum

                                 Democracy No: E Pluribus Pluribus

E Pluribus Unum, "out of many one," was the motto adopted by Congress in 1782 to symbolize (figuratively) the unity between the states and the federal government. It now symbolizes literally the unified diversity of the many different corporations and their industries and their union with "our" government to form the corpocracy.

Over the years, with the corpocracy's tyrannical power affecting every facet of life, opposition to that power has sprouted hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), less organized groups, and social movements, the least organized and most leaderless of these types of opposition.

Unlike the corpocracy, the nature of its opposition as we shall see in this second article in the trilogy is E Pluribus Pluribus, "out of many, many," which is true even in the case where you might think it would be unified and strong; namely, the opposition to the killing, maiming and torturing of people and the exploitation and devastation of countries, a business as usual of the deadly monster, the military-national security, industrial and political triumvirate of the United States.

The first article was long, probably too long, but the triumvirate is huge and an adequate overview of it could not be short [1]. This second article in the trilogy is short simply because the triumvirate's opposition such as it is does not require a long overview. There just isn't much widespread and successful opposition to overview. The triumvirate is as powerful, as destructive, and as deadly as ever. The U.S. is becoming even less peaceful and more violent both internationally and domestically.

Antiwar, peace and nonviolence groups: Pursuing their own narrow agendas

There are upwards of 100 if not more of these groups. They have at least five characteristics in common. They all say they are against war and violence and for peace. There is little teamwork or collaboration among them as they are mostly pursuing independently of one another their own agendas. Their agendas are usually of narrow, issue-specific issues. With a few exceptions they have limited resources. And, it is plainly evident that even with some small tactical victories here and there, these groups are making little progress if any in ending war and violence.

Let's briefly look at three of them; the oldest, the largest and a war veteran's group. They probably represent in their current status the outer limits of what has been and can be accomplished by fragmented groups with limited resources in their opposition to the monster. But they could also represent the nucleus for an organized, unified and systemic approach to achieving the reforms necessary to topple the monster. Neither this triumvirate nor the rest of the corpocracy is going to be toppled by a "thousand cuts." To think so is fanciful. 

The War Resisters League (www.warresisters.org) was started in 1923 (just imagine the number of wars and lesser wars the League has been resisting since then). It has a small, paid staff and volunteers in the national office and numerous committees and taskforces. It has chapters in almost half of the states. It also has an international affiliate. It apparently eschews grants or money from big foundations and the government and depends instead on donations from individuals and from corporate matching gift programs. 

Some of the activities mentioned on its website are storytelling, witnessing, protesting, challenging military recruitment, organizing and training for nonviolent direct action, and offering "on-the-ground" education.

Peace Action (www.peace-action.org), according to its website is "the nation's largest grassroots peace network with chapters and affiliates in states across the country [and] nearly 100,000 activists and experienced organizers---." Its 2010 annual report lists 15 board directors, a staff of 10, and revenue of over $330,000 with $50,000 from foundations. Its activities include grassroots organizing, developing policy and strategic proposals, petition campaigns, citizen lobbying, lobbying visits to Congressional members and their staffs, and capacity building. Two-thirds of its long range plan addresses capacity building (e.g., growth, fund raising, governance and organizational design) rather than outcome-oriented reform initiatives. It lists over 15 "friends and allies," but how they actually interact with Peace Action is unclear.

Veterans for Peace (www.veteransforpeace.org) was founded in 1985 by 10 U.S. veterans in response to the global nuclear arms race and U.S. military interventions in Central America. It now has approximately 5,000 members (down from more than 8,000 members in the buildup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq) in 150 chapters located in every U.S. state and several countries. It is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization by the United Nations, and, its website says, is the only national veterans' organization calling for the abolishment of war. VfP has six staff members and 13 board members. Its annual revenue, totaling nearly one half million dollars comes primarily from members' dues and gifts and the rest from grants, earned income (e.g. the VfP store) and non-member gifts.  

VfP has 150 some chapters and more than a dozen working groups. According to its website, VfP has collaborated with dozens of organizations and sponsored thousands of activities promoting peace. They include educational and ceremonial projects (e.g., "exposing the true costs of war" and tree planting memorials); holding peace poetry contests; "healing the wounds of war" (e.g., supporting the lawsuit filed against the U.S. chemical companies by survivors of the toxic "agent orange" used in Vietnam); and helping to rebuild Iraqi's potable water system devastated by US military and economic interventions and sanctions.

The Peace and Security Funders Group: Too little funding, too little collaboration

Next Page  1  |  2

 

I am a retired (1995)organizational psychologist who has since concentrated on the subjects of the collusion between government and corporations and matters of war and peace. I have just finished writing my final book (final because I am staring (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

America's Corpocracy: The Legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lewis F. Powell (1907-1998)

Robed Injustice

America needs a socially responsible capitalism

Tyranny's Hush Money

The Militarization of American Education

Stop Warfare, Not Medicare: A Pathetic Personal Experience but Still Undaunted

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
3 people are discussing this page, with 5 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

America's military-national security, industrial, ... by Gary Brumback on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 2:02:16 PM
You correctly sum up the problem, Gary. I look for... by Arlen Grossman on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 12:24:11 AM
I appreciateyour comments, Arlen. The solution wil... by Gary Brumback on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:49:11 AM
throughout every U.S. city, along with body counts... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 11:28:37 AM
Thanks for the suggestion and links, Daniel!... by Gary Brumback on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 5:59:25 PM