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>From: elohimjl <elohimjl@mail.zserv.tuwien.ac.at>
>for allowing every human to organize better her or his performance.
>"Bertalanffy advocated that we dare to broaden our loyalty from nation to 
>globe. He urged that we become patriots of the planet, endeavoring to 
>think and act primarily as members of humanity. Without necessarily 
>diluting our own individual and cultural identity, he said, we must begin 
>protecting the individual and cultural identity of others. He urged that 
>we begin pledging our allegiance to humanity and to the earth on which we 
>stand, one planet indivisible or not planet at all.
>In his call for a universal declaration of interdependence, he advocated a 
>new global morality: "an ethos which does not center on individual good 
>and individual value alone, but on the adaptation of mankind as a global 
>system, to its new environment".  The need for this new morality, he said 
>was imperative:  "We are dealing with emergent realities; no longer with 
>isolated groups of men, but with a systematically interdependent global 
>community. It is this level of [reality] which we must keep before our 
>eyes if we are able to inspire large-scale action designed to assure our 
>collective and hence our individual survival" (*)
>Today in the September 2002 it seems valid to argue that SYSTEMS THINKING, 
>STUDIES, HUMAN-NATURE RESEARCH,... may contribute to develop a SCIENCE FOR 
>WOMEN AND MEN if and only if every human being makes up her or his mind to 
>learn continuously what would be the role of every human (individually and 
>collectively on Earth.
>And just immediately, though I dare to wonder whether it is still possible 
>to stop the emergence of the first World War of our 21st century.
>"Confronted with a variety of competing ideologies and value-systems, the 
>scientist. in order to be consistent with himself, cannot remain neutral. 
>As Dr. Anatol Rapoport says, "different men want to go in different 
>directions, and some of these directions are incompatible with the 
>direction inherent in science itself "
>Therefore, "the scientist must subscribe to certain values (and discard 
>others) not because he is a 'good citizen' or a product of a [particular] 
>culture or a member of a [particular] church, but because he is a 
>scientist" (#)
>(*) Uncommon Sense. The Life & Thought of Ludwig von Bertalanffy. Father 
>of General Systems Theory.  Mark Davidson, 1983
>(#) Foreword written by S. I. Hayakawa for SCIENCE and the GOALS of MAN, A 
>Study of Semantic Orientation. Anatol Rapoport, 1950
>>From: <answer.general@action-mail.org> (A.N.S.W.E.R.)
>>Subject: [ANSWER]: ENDORSE the Oct. 26 Nat'l March in Washington DC
>>Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 14:52:10 -0400
>>with a joint action in San Francisco
>>*** To ENDORSE the Call to Action, go to 
>>The Bush administration is rushing towards war. The time to act is now. 
>>The people of the United States can stop this madness.
>>World public opinion and almost every government opposes Bush's planned 
>>war of aggression.  But it will take a mass peoples' movement--in the 
>>streets, workplaces, communities, campuses and high schools--to stop the 
>>coming war.
>>On Saturday, October 26, 2002 -- the first anniversary of the signing of 
>>the so-called Patriot Act -- anti-war, civil rights, labor, student and 
>>other forces are joining together to launch a massive international 
>>mobilization in opposition to a new war against the people of Iraq. Mass 
>>marches and rallies will be held in Washington DC and San Francisco in 
>>the U.S., and in many other countries.
>>As the Bush administration violates international law it has been 
>>systematically engaged in a campaign of division and repression in the 
>>United States including a wholesale assault on the Bill of Rights, 
>>institutionalization of racial profiling, and aggregation of near 
>>dictatorial powers to the Executive branch.
>>In articulating the so-called doctrine of preemptive war, the Bush 
>>administration is preparing to violate all existing international law and 
>>the UN charter which forbids countries to carry out war except in the 
>>case of self-defense. Preemption is merely a slogan to justify a foreign 
>>policy of armed aggression and military adventure.
>>Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and company are planning to send tens 
>>of thousands of young GIs to kill and be killed in another war for Big 
>>Oil. Simultaneously, the Bush Administration is diverting billions of 
>>dollars to feed military conquest and away from jobs, education, 
>>healthcare, childcare and housing.
>>The so-called debate that is opening now to public view from within the 
>>political establishment presents a necessity for all anti-war forces to 
>>become a major factor in generating an authentic opposition to U.S. war 
>>plans in the Middle East. The October 26 National March in Washington DC 
>>and joint action in San Francisco come just one week before midterm 
>>Congressional elections.
>>There won't be a real national debate on a planned invasion of Iraq until 
>>the people are in the streets. We can't leave it to the military 
>>establishment to decide when and how they will go to war and to define 
>>the debate. We must tell Bush and his corporate and Big Oil patrons that 
>>we will not allow this to happen.
>>This war can be stopped. Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz and company 
>>can be stopped.  But the essential element must be the mobilization of a 
>>massive new anti-war movement in the streets. We call for civilians and 
>>soldiers alike to exercise their political right to speak out against an 
>>illegal war. On October 26, there will be a National March in Washington 
>>DC, a West Coast march in San Francisco, and protests around the world.
>>JOIN US ON OCTOBER 26, 2002!
>>*** To ENDORSE the Call to Action, go to 
>>- A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition
>>- IFCO/Pastors for Peace
>>- Free Palestine Alliance
>>- Muslim Student Association
>>- Partnership for Civil Justice - LDEF
>>- Mexico Solidarity Network
>>- Nicaragua Network
>>- International Action Center
>>- Kensington Welfare Rights Union
>>- Middle East Children's Alliance
>>- Bayan USA-International (Filipino community)
>>- Korea Truth Commission
>>- Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
>>- National Lawyers Guild
>>- Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
>>- Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general
>>- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Auxilliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit
>>- San Francisco Labor Council (AFL-CIO) - Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior 
>>Minister, Plymouth Congregational Church
>>- Committee in Support of the Iraqi People
>>- Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines (NISPOP) - 
>>Sudanese American Society
>>- Congress for Korean Reunification - U.S.A
>>- Campaign to End the Sanctions
>>- The Network of Arab-American Alumni & Professionals, NY & FL
>>- Chuck Turner, City Councilor, Boston, MA
>>- College Voice, College of Staten Island, CUNY
>>- Michigan State University Students for Economic Justice
>>- Exploris Middle School United for Peace, NC
>>- Michigan Emergency Committee Against War in Iraq
>>- Committee to Protest War Against Iraq
>>- Mid-Hudson National People's Campaign
>>- The U.S. Greens Abroad
>>- Gloria La Riva, President, Typographical Sector, Northern California 
>>Media Workers Union*
>>- Leslie Feinberg, activist and author - Harlem Tenants Council
>>- NJ Independent Alliance
>>- Workers World Party
>>- Coastal Convergence Society of Huntington Beach, California - Columbia 
>>Solidarity Committee, Chicago, IL - The United Peoples
>>- Leftbooks.com
>>- Turnwind, AZ
>>- Vietnam Veterans Against the War Anti Imperialist National HQ
>>- The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation
>>- Maine Secessionist Movement
>>- Revolution in Focus, Richmond, VA
>>- First Congregational Church, UCC
>>- Tabra International, CA
>>- WESPAC (Westchester People's Action Coalition) - The Charlotte 
>>Fellowship of Reconciliation
>>- Willco, South Africa
>>- TEA Society (Society for Teaching Educational Activism), MO
>>- Australian - Iraqi Friendship Association, Melbourne, Victoria
>>- Grandmothers for a Just World, NC
>>- Justice for Palestinians, CA
>>- Vets Against War
>>- Green Party of Chatham County
>>- Instant Anti-War Action Group, VT
>>For the growing list of endorsers, go to 
>>*** To ENDORSE the Call to Action, go to 
>>*Below are several ways that you can get involved*
>>BUSES, VANS and CAR CARAVANS are coming to DC from a growing list of cities:
>>http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/o26/index.html (updated 
>>If you are interested in ORGANIZING TRANSPORTATION FROM YOUR CITY, fill 
>>out the form at:
>>Help get the word out! DOWNLOAD the FLYER at:
>>If you would like SPEAKERS on the history of the U.S./Iraq conflict at 
>>your high school, college, union, or community center, email 
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>>administration's war drive:
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