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  With nations in full peacetime production and with greatly lessened threats of war, national debts should become payable.  What effect would a thriving well-managed economy have on social and economic problems in any nation, in the U.S, in Pakistan, in Iraq, Iceland, etc.?  Would it make them more solvable?

 An exchange can be made: With self-sufficiency and self-defined but true democracy in the developing world and the virtual elimination there of poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, disease, neocolonialism, rights deprivation, indebtedness, exploitation, and slavery; the entire world could have full economic recovery, elimination of the possibility for international nuclear catastrophe, and the practical elimination of war.  In a world at peace the refugee problem is solved.  The killing stops and world problems can be solved. The basic tool is proper incentives, not sanctions and deadly threats; justified benefits, not penalties; advantages for all. Consider, compare, what the 3,500,000,000 people of the developing world do not have, and who is capable of supplying it!  There are abundant opportunities for all!  

The careful reader may have noticed that all the credit chits and the money they represent need never pass through the World Bank, or any bank, or the International Monetary Fund. Also noticeable is the fact that implementing this proposal could have considerable effect on military spending and on the opportunities for world peace.

 Morrison and Tsipis, in their book(2), REASON ENOUGH TO HOPE, explore some of the problems facing the world should the impoverished billions of people be brought online to also benefit as we have from "the good life."  Food and energy needs, and overpopulation are likely to present many difficulties.  Food requirements and overpopulation are linked.  However, in any nation of fixed area which has made development advances in the last century without going to war, I think you will find that though population has increased, family size has decreased.  I might be wrong in this conjecture but I think not.  In the Japan of 100 years ago large families would not be uncommon especially in rural areas, families with four to eight and more children.  It seems hardly conceivable in today's Japan where now the ideal family will have two children, one girl and one boy.  If food, education, health care, and economic opportunity are available, parents in a democratic society should rather quickly learn that a family of four will probably do better all around in contrast to a family of ten.  Consider China also, with its desires for one-child families. 

Which do you prefer: $80 billion spent to support U.S.-Japan military activities in Japan, Okinawa, and elsewhere in Asia, in anticipation of conflict which may never occur, and more billions for the U.S. Space Command to achieve 'full spectrum dominance' and superiority in space weapons; or $80 billion to eliminate the threats of wars in Asia while simultaneously enhancing the lives of destitute, distressed, and sometimes oppressed people, bringing them much better life opportunities and international understanding, and steering $80 billion into peacetime production and services from the Developed world, and fruitful cooperation with the people and wisdom of Asia? 

This proposal is also probably the only approach, for decades or centuries to come, by which people of the less-developed world, in peace, can become their own masters, can create the sensible path to their own destinies as so many other nations have. This is not a threat to the Developed World. Peace with justice, and international cooperation, is preferable to war, anytime.

 When regions and nations are at peace, they advance. It is not by mere coincidence that the nation of Japan, after its near total destruction in 1945, has in the past 62 years made astounding advances in all aspects of human activity without killing anyone in a war. 

Should there be any doubts in the minds of people of the earth as to the desires of the United States for world peace with justice and fairness for all nations, proposal of this plan by the United States government to the United Nations would put such doubts to rest.  It would renew the faith of many Americans that their own government was not imperialistic.

 How altruistic and honest about peace are nations willing to be?  For 200 years there has not been a war between truly democratic nations. 

   "The laughter of fools has always been the reward of any man who comes up with a new thought." ¾  Stephen Lister(3)

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Raymond G. Wilson is an emeritus associate professor of physics at Illinois Wesleyan University who has taught about nuclear war issues since 1959. He is co-director of the Hiroshima Panorama Project in the United States and is associated with the (more...)
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