Lawrence Wittner recently completed a monumental 3-volume study of the struggle for nuclear disarmament entitled The Struggle against the Bomb. Like Brad Simpson's History and the Legacy of the 1960s, Wittner argues that mass protest in this case succeeded in influencing Èlite policies. Jeremi Suri, the professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who reviews the 1754-page work for H-Peace, an academic listserv devoted to peace studies, also reviewed Simpson's book, but is less impressed with the evidence in this case. He concludes this review: "One could make the case that the most successful peace advocates were not the most eloquent and courageous thinkers, but instead those who managed to find a place for their ideas in the traditional functions of states. To be a peace activist, therefore, does not necessarily mean that one is opposed to war and the defense of the 'national interest.' The nation-state system certainly has its pathological elements, but so does a society where reformers protest without working to change institutions from within. Wittner's extraordinary work opens the door for new research that studies peace activism as an integral part of state behavior, not a purely oppositional element."...

by Eminent Canadian law professor and legal theorist Joel Bakan

[Forwarded from Sandy Mitchell]

"We can have democracy in this country or we can have great
wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have
both." --Justice Louis Brandeis

Book: *The Corporation:  The Pathological Pursuit of Power*

"The two axial principles of our age, tribalism and globalism clash at every point except one:† they may both be threatening to democracy"
†††† I heard Benjamin Barber speak on Alternative Radio on KUOW, Seattle a few weeks back.† He has much to say about the relationship, or lack thereof that the United States has with the rest of the world, and specifically the Moslem world in this case.† If the book is anything like he is as a speaker, he really lays it out in a way that's easier to understand than you ever thought the world would be.† Follow the link for an excerpt from the book online.