PEACE DIVIDEND July 30, 2013Posted by wmmbb in Peace.
The economic benefits of peace are seldom described. War as has been long recognized is good for profits. Wars, including foreign interventions and invasions, are particularly good for generating refugees, who then become the victims, which we blame, in essence because we mostly imagine they are not like us, despite being human.
Correlation is not cause, but economics, I imagine, unlike for example physics, proceeds on the cause and effect assumption. Falling profit when associated with the absence of war, is likely to lead to the search for war on the part of those who would otherwise profit. Rod Allison presents the case that war is profitable.
So is peace profitable? If so, how does it differ? Let’s look at the summary of Global Peace Index 2013(via The Metter Center):
The full report, describes how the indexes are framed. Some may be sceptical, but I think their creation is impressive.
What significance does Australia’s ranking as 16th have in relation to Japan at 6 and Germany at 15? As a smaller, stable democracy, and one not ravaged by war, Australia might be expected to have a edge, given the fine distinctions involved.
It is not immediately obvious why there should be such a disparity between the Czech Republic (14) and Slovakia (33). The comparative place and indexes for Spain and Greece are of interest, now both countries have subjected to the EU austerity programs. PNG has the same standing on this index as the US. There does not appear to be much difference between the UK, France and Indonesia. A large gap is shown between South and North Korea. Iran and Israel, by this measure, are playing in the same league.
An interesting set of snippets taken from Bill Moyers’ interviewees: Civil Disobedience, Non-Violence and Overcoming Hate.
- John Pilger, Australia’s “Stop the Boats” Policy is Cynical and Lawless (The Guardian). –
- My Comment:
Yes that is true, and it is driven by the marginal electorates policies that will make or break the major political parties, but does not mean that the nation is given over to racism, as the generalization goes.
Racism has perhaps multiple origins, not least the reaction in our amygdalas which can be re-channeled, much like anger. There is a tendency to stereotype, a conceptualization when reinforced leads to violent dispositions and actions. White privilege represents power relationships, which in turn reflects history, to which as John Pilger correctly, I think, suggests we have not undergone the reconciliation, in terms of physical and cultural violence. Nor should the legacy of racism be ever ignored. We are not alone as a settler society in our blindness.
Still, the majority, I imagine oppose these policies regarding refugees, but they are not a political majority, and that is due to the two-party duopoly electoral system. There is the question of the larger numbers of displaced people living in camps. Pragmatism combined with wedge politics emergent from the fervid swamp of focus groups of of often uninformed and uninterested marginal seat voters is despicable and destructive of the integrity of the democratic process (?). Therein lies a failure of personal integrity and leadership, which by definition presumes courage.
There is utility in recognizing that the right to express opinions is not the same as the equivalence of the opinion expressed with what is true,or even truer, although that is the aspiration and to some degree the responsibility of democratic expression. Who can say, what responsibility presentation by the mass media has in policy formulation.
- Lebanon ranks near bottom of global peace index (dailystar.com.lb)
- How Peaceful Is South Asia: A Review Of The Global Peace Index (GPI) 2013 (eurasiareview.com)
- Austria Is the Most Peaceful Country in the Region (kongres-magazine.eu)
- Europe is the most peaceful region, with 13 of the top 20 most peaceful countries (rationaldebateblog.wordpress.com)
- Russia 155th in 2013 Global Peace Index (rbth.asia)
- Global Peace Index:World has Become Less Peaceful(link)) (rashidfaridi.com)
- Israel’s Neglected Peace Dividend (project-syndicate.org)
- Civil Disobedience, Non-Violence and Overcoming Hate (billmoyers.com)