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At the Local and State Level, New Campaign Aims to Generate National Support for UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons


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At the Local and State Level, New Campaign Aims to Generate National Support for UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Jon Queally, staff writer

With a focus on local efforts at the municipal and state level, a coalition of more than fifty anti-nuclear organizations have launched a new campaign designed to pressure the U.S. government to end its opposition and sign the UN's global treaty to ban nuclear weapons.


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The possession of Nuclear Weapons by any nation on Earth does absolutely nothing to insure that nation’s survival.

It merely marks that nation as Gunslingers were marked in the old Wild West.

The Gunslinger’s reputation as a violent killer followed them their entire lives.

The Duopolys support of the Military Industrial Complex and of Empire building has labeled the United States of America a “loose cannon” a Gunslinger looking for a gunfight.

I can only speak for myself, but the only fight that I am looking for is with this fucked up system of government we have that promotes violence, not peaceful coexistence.


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The U.S. Federal government is seriously bought. Most state governments are pretty bought. Some local governments are rather democratic, owned by their citizens. That’s a reasonable argument for handling international policy at the local level.

Possible paths forward:

People know the difference between a nation simply maintaining the nuclear weapons that it currently possesses, and surging forward to cause international trouble. Perhaps we can set minimum expectations for every country on Eaarth, and in any year that they meet those minimum expectations we won’t charge them all sorts of tariffs, boycotts, sanctions. The same applies to individual megacorporations, a few of which deserve to make no profits at all, ever.

A secret side effect of Donald Trump marrying Eastern European women is that he sees the Russians as more human. Kings used to always marry off their kids to foreign kings, in order to keep the international peace.

If Moscow could give the U.S. a square mile of land about 30 miles downwind from the Kremlin, and if Washington could give Russia a square mile of land about 30 miles downwind from the Capitol dome, then both nations could stick representative citizens into these reserves on a rotating basis. Each nation would then have to kill a few thousand of their own citizens in order to get at the enemy. Also, we could meet the enemy in hand-to-hand combat while arm-wrestling at a nearby pub.

Why should only one person get his/her/ze finger on the nuclear button? Give out a dozen nuclear footballs to regular citizens, and then you also need a 2/3 majority (possibly of the surviving football owners) to launch a legitimate nuclear strike. It’s one step for backing down.