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War is the ultimate Dead Horse.

DEFINITION: “The enthusiastic practice by ‘the good guys’ of achieving political, territorial or economic ends by killing and maiming large numbers of men, women and children (the ‘bad guys’ or ‘enemy’) by any available means, allegedly in the name of a higher cause, with no regard for the expense, suffering and misery caused to all the participants and their descendants, because ‘the ends justify the means.” Primarily it is the use of violence against other humans in order to subjugate them and take what is theirs. It is usually based on lies and deception and often committed in the name of "defending the people from foreign enemies." War's only purpose is the domination of one group of humans by another, by any means necessary.


THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WAR DOES TO HUMAN BEINGS Is this image obscene? Yes, and so is war.


About This Horse

This Horse has been dead from the day of its invention and has remained Dead ever since. War’s invention coincides with the development of agriculture. Eden wasn’t good enough for us so we hopped down from the trees, left the comfortable abundance of the forest and started growing crops. Not long after that we learned how to enslave or indenture those who were less powerful in order to have someone else doing the grunt work. As soon as we learned to reliably create a surplus of food, we started locking it up and then fighting over it…a delightful scarcity game. Various religions, thinkers and politicians ( not to mention a few generals) have helped a lot to keep this Horse well-ridden for the past ten thousand years.

War, in its essence, involves killing and terrorizing "the enemy" and therefore, those who engage in warfare can be classified as "terrorists." Although the social narratives of the time will not agree with this, preferring to have us believe that war can be justified in the name of "defense," history has revealed again and again that the perpetrators of war are the ones who intend to profit from it through planned campaigns of terror and death. The latest example, the illegal US military invasion and occupation of the nation of Iraq, shows clearly that Iraq did not represent a threat to the US in any military sense. Unfortunately, it was noticed that Iraq had lots of oil, that the Western powers were running out, and that it would be easy to dominate Iraq militarily and thus control its oil.


The tragedy of war: 1.3 million dead in Iraq. For what?

Why It’s Dead

War observably kills, maims and wounds millions of people each year and that is not good for our planet. This means there can never be a “good” war. War always creates more problems than it solves.

In addition to killing and maiming millions of people, it wastes our precious resources that would be better used for education, disease prevention, creating renewable sources of energy and ending poverty.

The seeds of every new war can usually be found in a previous war. Fundamentally, war doesn’t work. In the best sense of counter-productivity it only makes matters much worse and ensures that there will be more, even worse wars in the future. Terrorism is just war using “asymmetrical” methods. And, we claim the so-called "War on Terror" is a myth, a piece of propaganda designed to justify never-ending war, so that certain parties can reap the economic benefits of War. Who are these war-mongers? Follow the money!

War is a Dead Horse, no matter who rides it. Perhaps, its time to stop sending our young men and women to other countries to kill their young men and women and their innocent families. Message: end war and find ways to ensure peace. Ya think?

You Might Be Riding It If...

  • Your wear a uniform, carry a gun, march a lot, dream of combat and killing “enemies” a lot.
  • You believe that the US invasion and occupation of Iraq has anything to do with 9/11 or that the war is about anything other than controlling Middle East oil reserves
  • You vote for Dead Horse Politicians who send young children to kill other children and tell us its “patriotic” to do so
  • You believe strongly that killing people is an appropriate way to solve problems
  • You are convinced that the “enemy” is “out there” and you need governments to makes wars to "protect us from the enemy."
  • You know for certain that God takes sides in human affairs and uses war to “smite” his enemies, especially the ones you identify as your enemies.
  • You think war is “just like in the movies” with heroes and villains and stuff
  • You have learned nothing from the evidence of 10,000 years of war and still believe that "some wars are justified."
  • You are so devoid of creativity, that from all the infinite possibilities in the Universe, you can only select “war” as your possibility
  • You work for or own shares in a company that produces weapons for military use, such as machine guns, land mines, bombs, missiles, military aircraft and ships, radar, etc.
  • You believe without question whatever nonsense the government tells you and you have a deep, abiding faith that elected officials would never lie us into an unnecessary war, because anything less would mean you are "unpatriotic."


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Better Horses to Ride

  • Taking an interest in why things make sense to others that don’t make sense to you and not making others “wrong” for seeing the world differently.
  • Food and housing for everyone on the planet, all the time.
  • Peace Initiatives and Diplomacy: direct the attention of the mainstream media to focus on peace and diplomacy instead of converting battlefield conflict and gore into entertainment.
  • Make war illegal
  • Human Rights: re-establish universal human rights as the top priority for our planet, including the right to live, the right to eat, the right to live free from fear, the right to human dignity, the right of free speech, etc.
  • Harmony: raise children to maintain their natural sense of harmony with the Universe, foster their sense of personal dignity and self-esteem, teach them to sort for similarities instead of differences.
  • Saving the Planet: use the trillions that are now squandered on warfare for scientific research to develop renewable and alternative sources of energy.
  • Education for all: invest the money now squandered on "defense" in creating free public education for everyone on the planet, from kindergarten through college
  • Universal Health Care: use the trillions now routinely wasted on warfare and "defense" to provide Universal Health Care for all people, everywhere.
  • Letting go of scarcity thinking: educate everyone that cooperation and collaboration are the keys to social progress, that it is not necessary to control resources via warfare, that if we are creative we can find ways to provide enough for everyone.

Reading List and Other Links


  • "In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners." Albert Camus
  • "Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." Hermann Goering
  • "Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages." Samuel Johnson 1758
  • “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” Martin Luther King
  • “War is based on deception.” Sun-Tzu
  • “There was never a good war or a bad peace." Benjamin Franklin
  • “Wars are not acts of God. They are caused by man, by man-made institutions, by the way in which man has organized his society. What man has made, man can change.”
  • “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.” Thomas Jefferson
  • “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” William Tecumsah Sherman
  • “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” George Orwell
  • “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” Albert Einstein
  • "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." Jimi Hendrix


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