The Peace Movement: Has It Adapted to the Times?

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The Peace Movement: Has It Adapted to the Times?

  • news by AUN News correspondent
  • Tuesday, January 24, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • The ideas of negative and positive peace, originally widely popularised by Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung, serve as the foundation of peace theory (though Jane Addams and Martin Luther King both used the terms earlier).

  • A few still-existing anti-war groups stretch back to before World War I, and some sprang from the anti-Vietnam War and anti-nuclear movements in the early 1980s.

  • In its 2022 Global Peace Index, the Institute for Economics and Peace places the US 129th out of 163 nations.

  • Understanding how our problems are interconnected requires more than just persuading other constituencies to include peace in their agendas.

  • However, it would probably take a massive grassroots campaign to convince enough members of Congress to support cutting the defense budget.

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