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The Third Industrial Revolution

By Jeremy Rifkin Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac Rapid Change Peak oil production occurs when half of the ultimately recoverable oil reserves are used up.  The top of the curve represents the midpoint in oil recovery. After that, production drops […]

From War to Peace: A Guide to the Next Hundred Years

By Kent Shifferd Notes prepared by Russ Faure-Brac             In this book, Shifferd does a great job of analyzing war and discussing the history of peace and nonviolence movements.  In Chapter 9, Abolishing War and Building a Comprehensive Peace System, […]

Transition to Peace

A Defense Engineer’s Search for an Alternative to War Open Book Editions, a Berrett-Koehler Partner, 2012   By Russell Faure-Brac  When I quit my defense job in protest of the Vietnam War, I had only a general notion that an […]

Peaceful Revolution

By Paul Chappell Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac 1/21/2013 The book explains why we are living in one of the most hopeful eras in human history and why peace is within our grasp.  Peaceful Revolution is about questioning war’s underlying […]

Reasonable Defense: A Sustainable Approach to Securing the Nation

By Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac This report proposes how the current US military structure can be made less expensive and more appropriate to today’s challenges. It is not a vision of world without […]

The Art of Waging Peace

By Paul Chappell, 2013 Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac The Basic Building Blocks of Peace First line of defense: Maximize respect (The Infinite Shield) [Waging Peace] It prevents escalation. Be aware of social customs Universal respect Listen – This plants […]

National Insecurity

By Mel Goodman, 2013 Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac Mel Goodman is ex-DOD and CIA and on staff at the Center for International Advocacy. The following notes are not from the book, but taken mostly from a March 26, 2013 […]

War No More: The Case for Abolition

By David Swanson Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac February 2014 I. War Can Be Ended Referring to a 1977 Hunger Project flyer: “At one time in history most people knew that: The world was flat The sun revolved around the […]

A Shadow Government Controls America – NOTES

Article in Reader Supported News By Mike Lofgren, Moyers & Company, 2014 Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac 2/25/2014 There is the visible government known as the establishment that is theoretically controlled by elections. There is also THE DEEP STATE, a […]

SHIFT: The Beginning of War, The Ending of War

 by Judith Hand Summary and Notes made by Russ Faure-Brac 2/4/2014 Notes: 1)    This is a summary of Part II – How We Can End War 2)    Notes highlighted in red refer to the sections of my book Transition to […]