Issues addressed included:
-- the notion that the "basic authority of a modern state over its people resides in its war powers;"
-- world peace would cause "unparalleled and revolutionary" social structure changes;
-- disarmament's economic impact;
-- far-reaching "political, sociological, cultural, and ecological changes," and two broad questions pertaining to:
-- expectations if peace comes; and
-- policies to follow if it does.
Other issues included:
-- the "real functions of war in modern societies" beyond defending the national interest;
-- without war, "what other institutions exist or might be devised to fulfill these functions;"
-- the possibility of abolishing war;
-- the desirability and repercussions of doing it; and
-- possible social system improvements from war-readiness.
Doe hoped for public discussions about "the elements of war and the problems for peace." None followed. Wars persist, and so do Report notions like:
Wars are an economic, political and ecological necessity, important to continue indefinitely. Peace "would almost certainly not be in the best interest of (a) stable society" and might be "catastrophic."
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