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#Cyberpeacefare #Presidential Politics #Gerald R. Ford,

" To me the Presidency and the Vice Presidency were not prizes to be won but a duty to be done."  Gerald R. Ford, "A Time to Heal", 1979.

Comment: Presidential Campaign Season Underway - good to see three women (out of 10 candidates in the first stage of the Democratic Debates) "May the best Leader win."

Added by Al LeBlanc on June 27, 2019 at 8:49am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Public Opinion #George Washington

"In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to pubic opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened ." George Washington

Comment:  The Information Age/Evolving CyberWarfare/World-Wide Web Dis-Information/ Politics/Propaganda/Lies make it "essential that public opinion" be aware/educated on: "fake news" special/foreign interests. Carnegie might consider deploying some of its…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on May 11, 2019 at 8:56am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Politics #Will Durant

"The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority."  Will Durant

The Carnegie International Student Essay Contest, 2018, "Is it important to live in a Democracy ?"

Comment:  Seems to me the 5th Cyber Domain is taking over/fueling National/"fake news"/political paid propa…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on March 12, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Cause and Effect #Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Cause and effect, means and end, seed and fruit cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote reminds me of tiny seeds from which grow the giant Sequoia trees; the accomplishments of: the founders of the great religions; political military leaders,s…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on February 10, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Peace #Aristotle

"It is more difficult to organize peace than to win  a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not well organized." Aristotle

Especially, Need to "Win the hearts and minds of the people." Cyberpeacefare of the people; a popular world-wide-bottom-up Individual citizen awakening of the power of their thoughts and digital devices. Once citizens of the world realize their personal cyber power,…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on January 26, 2019 at 2:55pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Personal Cyber Power #CyberPeaceGadfly

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year and reminding you of your personal cyber power (PCP) to make a little difference for "world peace and planet survival" in 2019.   CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on December 31, 2018 at 12:03pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Peace #Winston Churchill

"Vast and fearsome as the human scene has become, personal contacts of the right people, in the right places, at the right time, may yet have a potent and valuable part to play in the cause of peace which is in our hearts."   Winston Churchill

Comments: Wonder what Churchill would say of the potential of the internet/social media platforms and the personal cyber power of individuals (at all levels of society) "to…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on December 22, 2018 at 2:04pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #George H. W. Bush #Great Men #Will Durant

"Great men speak to us only so far as we have ears and souls to hear them; only so far as we have in us the roots, at least, of what which flowers out of them."  Will Durant

Thank You Honorable George H. W. Bush for your leadership, humility and service to our country and world peace and planet survival ..CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on December 3, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Vote #Abraham Lincoln

"THE BALLOT IS STRONGER THAN THE BULLET." Abraham Lincoln

Need to vote for Democracy to work.  CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on October 27, 2018 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

#Cyberpeacefare #Light #T.S. Eliot

"And we thank Thee that darkness reminds us of light." T.S. Eliot

Comment:  The agents of cyber darkness (evil,hatred, fake news) are ubiquitous in cyberspace/social media.  Agents of cyberpeacefare (love, peace, truth) are needed to combat such darkness at the speed of your digits and light.   CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 26, 2018 at 12:05pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Thought #Blaise Pascal

"All of our dignity consists in thought.  Let us endeavor then to think well; this is the principle of morality."   Blaise Pascal

Added by Al LeBlanc on August 21, 2018 at 1:47pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Power of One #Helen Keller

"I am only one; but I am still one.  I cannot do everything, but I can still do something.  I will not refuse to do something I can do."  Helen Keller

Comment:  Nowadays, the "power of one" is greatly amplified/multiplied by the world-wide web/social media.  Anyone with an internet connection can communicate her "something" for a better world."   CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on July 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #War #Thomas Jefferson

" I love peace, and I am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer."  Thomas Jefferson

Comment:  Visited Thomas Jefferson's home (Monticello) this past week.  He wanted three of his accomplishments cited on his tombstone (epitaph): the Declaration of Independence,…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on July 25, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Cyber Peace Paradox

Given that we are interconnected in the cyber space domain through various social media platforms and posting many messages daily, why are we not responding as stakeholders for "world peace and planet survival."  Is it the bigger the stakes the less I can influence ?    CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on July 15, 2018 at 11:12am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Peace #Walter Lippmann

"There is but one bond of peace that is, both permanent and enriching. The increasing knowledge of the world in which experiment occurs."  Walter Lippmann

The cyber domain/world social media peace platforms (e.g., Carnegie GEN) enables each of us to contribute to world peace experimentation.  Any cyber peace experimenters out there ?  CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on July 12, 2018 at 9:02am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Different Drummer #Henry David Thoreau

"If a man does not keep pace  with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step in the music he hears, however measured or far away."  Henry David Thoreau

Added by Al LeBlanc on June 27, 2018 at 7:56pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #xenophobe #xenophile

xenophobe: n A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign , especially to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures - xenophobia n. xenophobic adj.

xenophile:  a person attracted to that which is foreign , especially to foreign peoples, manners or cultures. 

(American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.)

Seems to me…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on June 20, 2018 at 10:41am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Stakeholder

stakeholder: n. One who holds the bets in a game or contest 2. One who has a share or an interest, as in an enterprise. American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

We are all stakeholders in the enterprise of "world peace and planet survival." Just   a little social media cyberspace digitizing on our part can initiate a grass roots tsunami. …

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Added by Al LeBlanc on June 13, 2018 at 9:23am — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Diamond-Water Paradox Analogy

Why are diamonds more valuable than water when dying of thirst in the desert ?

Why is peace less demanded on social media when the need is so great ? 

Any comments ?

CyberPeaceGadfly

Added by Al LeBlanc on June 6, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

#Cyberpeacefare #Freedom

freedom: n. 1.the condition of being free of restraints, 2. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression. 3a. Political independence. b. Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action, civil liberty; freedom of assembly, ....etc. American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

Freedom is not a free good…

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Added by Al LeBlanc on June 3, 2018 at 11:19am — No Comments

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Ethics & International Affairs Volume 33.3 (Fall 2019)

The highlight of the Fall 2019 issue of "Ethics & International Affairs" is a roundtable on "Economic Sanctions and Their Consequences." Other topics include human rights and conflict resolution, Afghan attitudes toward civilian wartime harm, the role of supererogation on the battlefield, and the ethics of not-so-civil resistance.

The Climate Reality Project & Environmental Activism, with Brian Mateo

Ahead of the Climate Strike rallies on September 20, Bard College's Brian Mateo discusses the Climate Reality Project, founded by Vice President Al Gore, and how it has informed his work regarding environmental activism and education. Why has Greta Thunberg's Climate Strike been so successful? How can protests turn into concrete policies?

Transactionalism and U.S. Foreign Aid

A draft of a new presidential directive on American foreign aid suggests that transactionalism will shift from being a rhetorical device to an actual defining principle. How will the continued departure from the pre-2016 bipartisan consensus impact the foreign aid community?

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