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Ever since WWII America has been and still is the most warring nation on the globe. The toll on human lives and the spending of taxpayer money for military and security operations is staggering and shameless, but need not have been unavoidable. There is considerable opposition throughout America to her corpocracy's wars, but that opposition is divided, weak, and usually is piecemeal and tactical rather than strategic in its initiatives.

This writer decided to write an open letter to three prominent antiwar organizations proposing that they take the lead to unify the opposition to war, to pool resources, and to start "waging war on war," so to speak; that is, to plan and carry out sweeping reforms necessary to bring America to peace with the world. Here is a copy of that letter:

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Let's Unite for Peace: Open Letter to Peace Action, Veterans for Peace, and War Resisters League

Dear Ms Bolger, Ms Heinz, and Mr. Martin

My name is Gary Brumback, retired psychologist, creator of the website, http://www.uschamberofdemocracy.com and author of the book on which the site is partly based, The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch. By "corpocracy" I mean the collusion between big corporations and big government that is ruling and ruining America. As Ralph Nader said recently, America is "increasingly an advanced third-world country [and needs to] get steamed to overcome corporatism."

I am writing you because your three organizations are the epicenter of the opposition to America's endless wars and militarily aided corporate hegemony. But your organizations are handicapped from the outset. The corpocracy is powerful and united. The antiwar opposition is weak and divided. Moreover, neither your three organizations nor any of the other antiwar groups has deep enough resources singly to undertake the strategic reforms needed to end the corpocracy's war making.

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So I propose that your three organizations contact the 50 some other antiwar/peace groups about the possibility of creating a collaborative network like that described on the Illustrative Models Page of my website; develop a strategic plan like the one illustrated there (or along the lines of Peace Action's strategic plan); pool resources; and begin undertaking initiatives that will accomplish your strategic goals and ultimately the biggest goal of all, an America at peace with the world. 

Secondly, I propose that the three of you contact the 60 some grant awarding foundations that are members of the Peace and Securities Funder's Group and request that these members pool their resources and establish a new institutional grant program to help fund the start up and initial operating costs of the new network. These foundations' assets together are in the billions of dollars, but what has all that money done for peace so far?   

I would very much appreciate it if you would give my proposals serious consideration and then let me know whether you intend to pursue them further.

While you are doing that I will begin concentrating my efforts on trying to unify the some 100 other NGOs and groups that are challenging in a very fragmented and usually piecemeal way the corpocracy. Ideally, there would eventually be a merged network that encompasses besides its antiwar component the other components for political, legislative, judicial, and economic reforms necessary to replace the corpocracy with a genuine democracy in which there is not only no war but no social economic injustice and the general welfare of the people, not corporate or political welfare, is promoted and realized.  

I am fully aware of the argument that NGOs and foundations exist because the corpocracy exists and have been compromised by it. That is a view that I do not yet share. I trust that you do not either.

Thank you for your consideration,

Gary

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Gary Brumback, PhD

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October 20, 2012

 

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Retired organizational psychologist.

Author of The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lurch; America's Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying; and Corporate Reckoning Ahead.

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