Description of the
Nonpartisan, Nonhierarchic

Universal Movement and Strategic Plan
for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something create a new model that makes the old one obsolete"

                     --Buckminster Fuller

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This website describes and provides easy access to the various elements of the Nonpartisan, Nonhierarchic (no sacred rulers) Universal Movement and Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World.

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This Movement and Plan focuses on the U.S. Federal Government. Parallel Individual Movements and Plans for local, state and ultimately other nations are being developed beginning with Washington DC - see Highlights of the Movement and Plan for a Prosperous, Just, Sustainable Washington DC.

The objectives of this Movement and Strategic Plan include working with many others to:

The primary purpose of this Movement and Strategic Plan is to help coordinate the efforts of the thousands of organizations, movements, campaigns, alliances and millions of individuals already working on accomplishing the above objectives.

We collectively know what needs to be done but are mostly working separately, either alone or in "stovepipe" organizations, without a common plan. We are duplicating many efforts, working on some unneeded items and making very little real progress.

To permanently end wars, poverty, inequities and all other significant injustices and have a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world, we must:

Make Elections about Candidates' Character and  Positions on Issues/Actions; Strictly Limit Campaign Contributions, Get all Corporate Money out of Elections and Reform Elections

Demand that our Public Servants implement the following urgent  Priority Actions by the end of the 2014 fall Lame Duck Session. Demand candidates for office state where they stand on these urgent Actions, make them issues in elections and debates and encourage candidates to include them in their platforms

We live in an Age of Abundance. There is no excuse or valid reason for poverty, malnutrition, homelessness, unemployment, etc. anywhere in the world today.

Poverty is not due to a lack of resources and people are not born lazy.

Accumulated knowledge and advances in productivity, science, technology, automation, computers, communications, education, training, health care, transportation, the internet and psychology makes it possible to have a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just world.

In their outstanding 1970's essay, The Problem of the Twentieth Century, Willard and Marguerite Beecher clearly show that we are living in an age of abundance and why we have poverty in the midst of this abundance.

"The Age of Abundance is upon us. Man need never again go hungry or cold. Natural resources abound, machines necessary to convert them into goods exist, and men are trained to operate these machines. Furthermore, we can manufacture as many machines as we desire, just as we can enrich the soil to produce abundant food and train people everywhere to do likewise, The whole world now has the capability to support itself free from want and almost free from disease." Willard & Margaret Beecher

As proof of this, according to Forbes.com in 2013, the world's 2,000 leading companies/corporations had total annual sales of $38 trillion, which was a little over half of the world's gross domestic product and a total employment of only 87 million, about 1.3% of the world’s population.

Also, the Summary of Funding Sources show that more than enough funds are available to have a peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world. 

In their essay, the Beechers also state what most individuals already know: "Nevertheless, many people today are still cold, hungry, and sick.

Read more at The Problem of the 20th Century: Poverty in an Age of Abundance  

There is no excuse or valid reason for wars, conflicts, nuclear weapons, standing armies, etc.

No viable, military threats to the U.S. exist.

Wars are illegal under the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928 which requires that all disputes or conflicts between countries be settled by pacific (peaceful) means as outlined in the Proof of the Illegality of U.S. Wars and Use of Force. This is true even if Congress declares war and/ or the UN authorizes the use of force.

The Constitution calls for a common defense not offense and state guards (militias) not standing armies.

To permanently end poverty, inequities and wars, we must thoroughly analyze and correct these problems and their underlying causes and work together from a common set of plans.

In his book The Sane Society, Erich Fromm, states:

The Zeitgeist Movement contends that the majority of the social problems which plague the human species are "Symptoms" born out of an outdated social structure. The defining goal of the Zeitgeist Movement, is the installation of a new socioeconomic model. Permanently ending wars, poverty, inequities and all other significant injustices, installing the new Zeitgeist socioeconomic model, making the necessary changes in essentially all “spheres "and having  a permanently peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world will require hundreds of Actions. Implementing all the Actions requires thousands of tasks and subtasks. 

Project Management Software in the "Cloud" will be used to:

Comprehensive reform and refining and implementing this movement and strategic plan are urgently needed

Despite the people's many past and current efforts, we have increasing poverty, the most severe and growing wealth inequality of all times, illegal wars and conflicts, unaddressed climate change and dysfunctional governments largely under the control of wealthy, corporation executives and lobbyists.

According to the June 1, 2013 issue of The Economist “1.1 billion people subsists below the internationally acceptable extreme-poverty line of $1.25 a day and live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short." At least 300 million people in the world are unemployed or very underemployed.

Charles Ferguson in his book Predator Nation states: much of the American (and global) financial sector has become criminalized, creating an industry culture that tolerates or even encourages systematic fraud.

Our public and private sector officials have articulated no real solutions to these crises. Many are not telling us the truth and show little if any empathy for their fellow human beings.

Read more about both the Urgent Need for Comprehensive Reform and this Movement and Strategic Plan.


We Are at a Crossroad

If we work together, refine and implement this plan, we will have a peaceful, prosperous, just, sustainable world.

If we continue with the current failed monetary and political systems, allow corporation executives to control our governments and institutions and do not work together from a common set of plans, we will have:


President Eisenhower on the Costs of War and the Military Industrial Complex (MIC)

President Eisenhower Quote on War Spending

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." —Dwight D. Eisenhower, "The Chance for Peace" speech, April 16, 1953

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
—Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, January 17, 1961


This Movement and Strategic Plan is a work in progress and by no means complete. It provides a framework into which additional actions and plans can be inserted. Your comments, suggestions, ideas and help to refine and implement this plan are welcomed and can be forwarded to PeopleNow.org via email to refinetheplan@peoplenow.org and/or volunteer@peoplenow.org.

Thanks.

About the Compiler of the Nonpartisan, Nonhierarchic Universal Movement and Strategic Plan for a Permanently Peaceful, Prosperous, Just, Sustainable World described above 

Ron Fisher

Executive Director, PeopleNow.org

Coordinator, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Peace through Justice (GPtJ) Working Group

Coordinator, Veterans for Peace (VFP) Democracy, Constitution, War Powers and Prosecute War Criminals Working Groups

Arlington, VA 22204

703-725-7849

Fisher@PeopleNow.org

Bio

Ron Fisher, honors graduate of the Naval Academy, Master’s Degree in business management, graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) and retired Navy Captain. Served in destroyers and nuclear submarines and was Executive Office of both a nuclear attack and a ballistic missile submarine.  During his early years in the Navy, as collateral duties, he served as a UCMJ Trial Counsel (prosecutor), Defense Counsel and as a Summary Court Martial (Judge for minor infractions of the UCMJ) 

Last half of naval career worked as a project manager and engineer in shipyards on refueling overhauls of nuclear submarines and worldwide submarine repairs. Also served in various logistics jobs in the Washington DC area. Awards include the Legion of Merit.

Post Navy career includes working for two defense contractor and founding and managing a very successful non-profit fire safety and survivability company described at www.dfpa.org and a service-disabled veteran-owned small business described at www.VetsSS.org both of which received government contracts. DFPA, under contract with DOD, prepared a report that conclusively determined that it would impossible to protect ships from determined terrorists.

For more information about Ron go to: http://www.ronfisherforcongress.com/about.htm and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ron-fisher-captain-us-navy-retired/29/b71/a65

Ron says:

"The last submarine I served on could have single-handedly destroyed over a hundred bases or medium size cities and killed millions of civilians in a very few minutes from thousands of miles away. At the time, I never thought or talked to anyone about the deaths, maiming and destruction that our submarine could have caused.  Happily, we never had to fire those missiles with real warheads on them. I now realize how horribly wrong, immoral and illegal all wars, occupations, empire building and offensive weapons especially nuclear are. I am firmly convinced that many others will come to understand this also and we will rapidly phase out all offensive weapons systems - nuclear weapons, submarines, armed drones and nuclear power and permanently get rid of poverty and wars.


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