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

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The Peace and Security Funders Group (, is "dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropy working to promote international peace and security." There are 60 very wealthy foundations in the group.

With its collective assets amounting to billions of dollars one would think that this group would be a mother lode for advancing peace and curbing violence in a unified and strategic manner, but that does not seem to be the case in light of the PSFG's objectives to increase both the foundations' collaborative funding and its level.

The group is much more a nominal than a functional one. E Pluribus Pluribus applies equally well to it. These foundations need to be persuaded; a) to pool some of their massive assets and establish a new institutional grant program to entice the fragmented antiwar, peace, and nonviolence groups to team up and apply for a large grant that would provide start up and operating funds for pursuing a strategic plan of reforms and; b) to support the mobilizing of public support for reforms.

Social movements: None yet

There are no antiwar, peace and nonviolence movements of any note at the moment. The last notable movement was against the Vietnam War. The movement helped end the war, primarily because of the war draft that affected more people personally. It is possible that the recent shooting massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school may fuel a massive gun control movement, but even if it did that is no assurance the movement would expand to target the triumvirate's guns and bombs.

Organized labor is unlikely to launch a massive campaign or movement against the triumvirate. Union power is not what it was decades ago. Moreover, it has its hands busy fighting right to work laws, substandard wages, and outsourced jobs.

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There are hundreds of Occupy groups around the country but there is no discernible sign that they will coalesce into a movement against the triumvirate without some leadership prodding the groups to turn their collective attention to it.


The military-national security, industrial, political triumvirate and its allies can and do easily tolerate the fragmented opposition, undoubtedly treating it as a safety valve to lessen pressure that could build up to a more threatening challenge. The only way to successfully challenge the monster is to create a powerful and determined counterforce, the subject of the third and final article to come in this trilogy.

[1] A deadly monster: Part 1. An overview of the military-national security, industrial, political triumvirate. OpEdNews, December 12, 2012.

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