Dove of Peace

Living Free on the Path of Peace

"There is no path to peace. Peace is the path." - Mohandas Gandhi

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo

The Non-Aggression Principle

This site is about a simple, powerful and life affirming idea called the Non-Aggression Principle. Like the symbol of the dove, it is an idea that embodies both Peace and Liberty, essential ingredients for the promotion of life and the enrichment of culture.

The Non-Aggression Principle, or NAP, is the belief that individuals should be free to act as they choose with the exception that they may not initiate force, or the threat of force, against another person or their property. Like the Golden Rule, the Silver Rule, and the Principle of Charity, the NAP can be a beacon of light to guide each of us through the journey of a lifetime.

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Liberty in watercolor by Tanya Hall

By the Light of Liberty..

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato

Advocates of the NAP often say that they have taken "the red pill". Borrowed from the movie The Matrix, the phrase encapsulates the idea of choosing to see the world as it actually is. Earlier generations would likely have made reference to The Wizard of Oz and "seeing behind the curtain" while even earlier generations may well have referenced Plato's Allegory of the Cave. In that story people are chained in darkness and can only discern shadows of the truth until freed to see in the full light of day.

To embrace the NAP is to truly see the world in a new light. And with that light it becomes clear that the institution of the State, with its foundational violence, hostility to liberty and insatiable desire for power, is the single greatest threat to our personal and cultural health.

..We Will Heal Our Culture

Healing

"Violence is a disease. You don't cure a disease by spreading it to more people." - The Game of Thrones

Whether it be its wars on personal freedoms at home or its endless wars against people and societies abroad, it is evident that the State is the source of immense suffering and violence. Infecting our society at the deepest levels, the State is a deadly virus, with war being one of its many diseases. As with slavery, misogyny and human sacrifice, war is a disease of culture, a contagion that prevents it from operating at its life affirming optimum. In a world of nuclear arsenals and biological and chemical weapons, war threatens human existence.

Because the State thrives on ignorance, apathy and fear, the cure for war will require knowledge, compassion and courage. By providing new perspectives, by promoting cooperation and nonviolence, and by inoculating and protecting ourselves against the infectious lies, fears and violence of the State, it is hoped that we can begin the healing and work for a cure.

Green Cross

First Aid

For those who are either new to the NAP or seek to know more, we have provided our fellow travelers with a Beginner's Guide to Peace. An overview of topics can be found on the first page of the Guide while the Resources page provides links to books, movies and other resources meant to inspire, inform and perhaps even transform.

Which Way? Which Way?

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Tales from the Trail

Observations and meditations on the path of peace.

Living free on the path of peace allows us to experience the fullness of life while providing abundant opportunities for the enhancement and advancement of our culture. Here are a few small collections of writings on various topics, from love, life and loss, to art and music and family, community and charity.


Embracing Life

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A Beautiful Idea: "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

Inns and Outs: "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

Bodhisattvas: “We are the authors of our own destiny; and being the authors, we are ultimately, perhaps frighteningly, free.”

Libertarian Lessons from Woodstock: In the midst of the Hong Kong flu pandemic, life was experienced as love, peace and freedom were celebrated.


School Of Athens


Seeing Clearly

A Matter of Perspective: One of the great innovations in the art of painting was the development of perspective.

A Vision For Peace: "Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the children of God."

Charity: "Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance."

Peace: Can we agree on this?



Surviving the Turmoil

Dresden


Bad Ideas: "Never underestimate the power of bad ideas. They must be refuted again and again"

Absolute Horror: "Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality."

Fragile Democracy: The meltdown over the 2016 election.

Election 2016: Good news or bad?

Failure to Communicate: What is the cause of our communication breakdown?



Remembering

Fog of War

Good Friday: Reflecting on the ritualized killing of a man who dared to question the morality and authorities of his time.

Mother's Day - Love, Life and Loss: "In times of peace the young bury the old. In times of war the old bury the young."

Memorial Day: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Witnessing - August 6-9: “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”


Calling on the Good Doctor

Fog of War

"When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we in essence accept that the state owns our bodies." - Ron Paul

Dr. Paul and the Cure for War: A report from Dr. Paul's fourth Peace and Prosperity conference in Dulles, VA. August 24, 2019.

A former obstetrician, Ron Paul has been handing out the prescription for peace for decades. Regular updates of current events impacting freedom and peace can be found at The Ron Paul Liberty Report. Dr. Paul does a live video broadcast Monday through Friday at 12:00 ET on YouTube.

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Signs of the Time

Signs of Resistance

"Freeing minds, a meme at a time.."

The Great Reset

No Child Left a Dime

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

We are living at a unique time. In the past year we have witnessed the stunningly rapid and unwarranted concentration of wealth and power to levels without precedent. Whether you believe it was orchestrated by a cabal of bankers and oligarchs, was the result of massive governmental overreach cheered on by arrogant and misinformed technocrats, or was simply the consequence of governmental incompetence on a global scale, the outcome is the same.

The younger generations have been sacrificed. While it was clear in early 2020 that the young had little to fear from the Covid-19 virus, at the hands of the State they will pay a truly frightful price. Already burdened with an ocean of debt from decades of brutal and senseless wars, at home and abroad, they have been taught to embrace conformity and to fear freedom in any form. Shamed into submission by a modern incarnation of original sin, scared to even breath, the natural tendency of youth to question and resist authority has been greatly diminished. As a reward for their obedience, they have been offered as sacrificial lambs to the corporatist State.

It is truly an age of destruction and dysfunction. We are suffering from a pandemic of panic, a level of fear heightened to a level not seen since World War II and the Cold War. Hidden behind a mask of deception, the State works mightily to maintain the charade, threatening any who dare look behind the curtain. Fortunately there are a few brave souls willing to reveal the truth, risking the wrath of the State to reveal the rot and decay that has been papered over with hollow words and worthless promises.

Blowing the Whistle

It is the very definition of irony. While a true American patriot lives in political asylum in Russia, having narrowly escaped imprisonment by the U.S. government for reporting abuses of surveillance power by the NSA and others, the United States now has installed as president a man who has repeatedly bragged about writing large sections of the Orwellian named "Patriot Act".

Blow the Whistle - Edward Snowden

Passed in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 suicide attacks, the Patriot Act was a massive assault on the privacy and freedoms of Americans in the name of security and patriotism. Blatantly violating the Bill of Rights and other sections of the Constitution, the act allows for secret and unwarranted searches of homes, business, phones, emails and financial records without even the fig leaf of a court order. It also allows for the indefinite detention of immigrants, among other atrocities.

Since that time the power and abuse of the so called "intelligence" community has grown largely unabated. In 2013, having fled the U.S. to avoid arrest, former CIA employee Edward Snowden released NSA documents documenting numerous abuses of power to a number of journalists, including Glenn Greenwald, a respected writer with a long history of exposing State lies and government overreach. In 2018 Greenwald himself came under attack for his strong skepticism of the "Russiagate" allegations against Donald Trump, a skepticism that was ultimately found justified after three years of the media relentlessly promoting a provably false narrative.

Unfortunately, to the great disappointment of many civil libertarians, Donald Trump, having pardoned several war criminals involved in the murder of civilians in Iraq, left office in 2021 without pardoning Edward Snowden. It seems highly unlikely that Snowden will fair better under an administration lead by Joe Biden, the author of the Patriot Act.

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Signs of Madness

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“Not every item of news should be published: .. those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.” - Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propagandist

Thoughtcrime

"Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it." - George Orwell

To question the results of the 2020 president election is to commit thoughtcrime, at least in the eyes of many of the media giants.

In December 2020, YouTube and its parent company, Google, began removing any new content that questioned the integrity and results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. This followed a seemingly coordinated effort by Facebook and Twitter to suppress the sharing of news stories reporting on the questionable actions of Hunter Biden, son of then candidate Joe Biden, with regard to influence peddling in the Ukraine and China.

Biden Voter

The fact of the matter is that there is a long history of election fraud in the U.S. going back to at least the 1800's. As any knowledgeable student of political science can tell you, New York City's Tammany Hall, the political machine of the Democratic Party in the mid 19th century, was infamous for its political corruption and election fraud. As noted by the Heritage Foundation, in a New York City election in 1844: "55,000 votes were recorded even though there were only 41,000 eligible voters." The disenfranchisement of former slaves by the "Democratic" Party in the post Civil War South is equally well known.

Things changed little over the decades as numerous instances of voter fraud were committed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries at the local, state and national levels. Not interested in confining itself to domestic matters, the United States government also worked tirelessly to promote corruption internationally, interfering in elections across the globe (81 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000) when not busy manufacturing political coups (Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Congo 1960, Chile 1973) or invading nations with military force (Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003, Libya 2011, Syria 2014 ).

Stalin the mass murder

The trend of election fraud and voter manipulation has continued well into the 21st century. It is public knowledge, for example, that officials of the Democratic National Party interfered in the 2016 Democratic Presidential primary, favoring war hawk and deep state darling Hillary Clinton. We know this not because of any crack research on the part of the mainstream media but because of the heroic reporting of the new media news organization WikiLeaks. It was also revealed that insiders from CNN had provided HRC questions to be used during the primary debate hosted by that network.

Election fraud is not a new phenomenon, and to dismiss the possibility that there could have been fraud and manipulation in the 2020 election is to be willfully ignorant. Daniel McAdams, former human rights and election monitor for numerous elections across eastern Europe during the late 1990s, commented after the 2020 election that the numerous voting irregularities "raised more red flags than a May day parade in the former Soviet Union". Certainly the number of mail-in ballots was an area of concern, with the number of mail-in votes nearly doubling in the four years since the last presidential election and accounting for 46% of the tabulated vote. Back in 2005, the Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III, had warned "Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud". Even tech giant Amazon, in early 2021, tried to prevent a mail-in vote on a unionization issue, arguing that a vote by mail could harm "vote fidelity".

To suppress any consideration or discussion of election fraud is to remove an important check on political power. The actions of media giants, in coalition with the deep state, has been truly reprehensible and breathtaking in scope.

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Traveler Advisory

War-Biohazard

State sponsored violence and tyrannical restrictions on liberty are threatening to become epidemic across multiple regions of the globe, and there are signs we are on the verge of a world wide pandemic. Careful planning and extreme caution are advised.

Wars, despotism and other diseases created by unrestrained governments continue to destroy the lives of millions each year, and threaten millions more, both directly through violence and by the destruction of trade, infrastructure and basic human services.

Please visit Antiwar.com for daily updates.

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Picture Credits

^ Liberty in Water Color: Original by Tanya Hall, with modifications.

^ Compassion: Detail from a statue atop the Ether Fountain, Boston Common. Designed by John Quincy Ward and Henry Van Brunt, the fountain commemorates the first use of ether at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846. Photo and modifications by Andrew Lesko.

^ Guanyin-Bodhisattva: 14th-15th century lacquer figure from China, now residing at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD. Photo by Andrew Lesko.

^ School of Athens: Detail of a painting by Raphael, c. 1509-1511. Public domain image.

^ Absolute Horror: Photograph of Dresden by Richard Peter, 1945. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license. Downloaded from Wikimedia.org.

^ Memorial Day: Detail from the Vietnam War Memorial, Washington D.C. Photo and artwork by Andrew Lesko.

^ No Child Left a Dime: PatriotShop.US.

^ Offering to Moloch: Illustration from "Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us" by Charles Foster, 1897 .

^ I Want You to Blow the Whistle: WikiLeaks.org.

^ WikiLeaks and Free Assange: WikiLeaks.org.