Achieving Durable SurvivalBy Jason Ross
Nov. 16—Despite the efforts of some in the U.K., U.S., Ukraine, and NATO to use the Nov. 15 missile incident in Poland as a trigger for direct Russia-NATO conflict, relatively less insane heads have prevailed—for the moment. That such an incident as an apparently errant Ukrainian air-defense missile could have almost brought about uncontrollable military conflict points to the immense danger of the current strategic geometry.
We cannot count on a succession of momentary successes in preventing Armageddon; durable survival must be achieved.
Faced with the positive economic message of the just-concluded G20 summit in Bali, the upcoming discussion of the APEC leaders’ forum at the end of this week, and the expanding interest in the BRICS process and other new discussion frameworks, an increasing portion of the world is getting fed up with U.S.-U.K.-NATO demands for a “rules-based order” in which they have no say in setting these rules, which provide declining benefits from being obeyed.
We are in an era of changes not seen in over a century, where the prevailing norms are found simply to vanish, replaced by a new paradigm. From the conflict between that new paradigm and the attempts to maintain the supremacy of the old, comes the threat of war today.
The necessary defeat of that threat is the subject of a November 22 Schiller Institute seminar of political and social leaders, “Stop the Danger of Nuclear War Now.”
The takeoff early Wednesday morning, Nov. 16, of the Artemis I mission to the Moon is a reminder of where the future of mankind lies. Beyond this planet lies an entire universe of discoveries to be made, discoveries for which we are rewarded by increasing power over nature and the ability to delve yet further into nature’s secrets. The coming into being of a humanity organized for scientific progress—the development of the noösphere—is the happy task for which we must free ourselves from the threat of nuclear war today.