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Pourquoi nous avons besoin, aux États-Unis, de reconstituer le Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC, Corps Civil de Protection de l’Environnement) ?

Parce que nous avons besoin de défis. Bien-sûr, notre société a beaucoup de défis. La guerre semble être le plus grand pourvoyeur de défis. Mais la guerre est évitable si nous choisissons trouver les moyens de coopérer les uns avec les autres.
William James a dit, dans son essai de 1910 L’équivalent Moral de la Guerre que : « La guerre à la guerre ne sera pas une partie de plaisir. »

Il avait raison bien-sûr. Albert Einstein était d’accord. Son « Plan de deux pour-cents » admet que ce n’est pas facile à convaincre ne serait-ce que deux pour-cents de militaires à jeter les armes. Mais un ersatz pour ce besoin de défis pour notre société pourrait venir d’ailleurs, comme nous l’avons vu au cours de la Grande Dépression : que des gens ordinaires travaillant ensemble aient une discipline militaire.

« Nous devons créer de nouvelles énergies pour canaliser la virilité à laquelle l’esprit militaire s’accroche si fidèlement. Les vertus martiales doivent être le ciment durable, l’intrépidité, la faculté de vivre de manière spartiate, l’abandon de l’intérêt privé, l’obéissance à … »

Une nouvelle conscription pour le CCC permettrait de d’offrir un tel débouché. Le défi, la discipline, la coopération et l’infrastructure pour résoudre les problèmes profonds et de division qui conduisent à la guerre.
À suivre…

Mes excuses pour les fautes d’orthographe dans ce premier article, avec mes remerciements à JYL pour sa relecture.
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¿Porqué debemos, en los Estados Unidos Americanos, recrear El Cuerpo Civil de Conservación (CCC)?

Por que necesitamos los desafíos. Claro que nuestra sociedad tiene muchos problemas, y con creces. La guerra parece ser el último desafío. Pero podemos evitar la guerra si eligimos encontrar maneras de cooperar entre nosotros.

William James decía, en su ensayo de 1910 que lleva por título

El Equivalente Moral de La Guerra, que:

” la guerra contra la guerra no será ni de vacaciones ni una fiesta.”

El tenía razon, por supuesto. Albert Einstein estaba de acuerdo. Su Plan de Dos Porciento admitía que no es facil convencer ni siquiera 2% de la gente a dejar sus armas. Pero un desafío para nuestra sociedad puede llegar en otro paquete, como hemos visto durante la Gran Depresión. La disciplina de la gente normal, trabajando juntas.

“”Hemos de hacer que nuevas energías y audacias continúen la masculinidad a la que la mente militar tanto se aferra. Las virtudes marciales han de ser el cemento endurecedor; la valentía, el desdén por lo débil, la cesión del interés privado, la obediencia…”

(traducción de )

Una nueva llamada para El Cuerpo Civil de Conservación (CCC) lo haría. Desafío, disciplina, cooperación y la infraestructura para resolver los problemas hondas y divisas que conducen a la guerra.

Escribiré más pronto. Mis disculpas por qualquier falta de ortografía en esta primera entrada.
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en español en français

Why do we need, in the USA, to recreate the Civilian Conservation Corps? Because, we need challenges. Of course, our society does have challenges, in spades. War seems to be the ultimate challenge. Yet war is preventable if we choose to find ways to cooperate with one another.

William James said, in his 1910 essay entitled The Moral Equivalent of War, that:

“The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party.”

He was right, of course. Albert Einstein agreed. His “Two Percent Plan” admits that it is not easy to get even so small a number to lay down their arms. But a challenge for our society could come in another package, as we saw during the Great Depression. The discipline of ordinary people working together.

“We must make new energies and hardihoods continue the manliness to which the military mind so faithfully clings. Martial virtues must be the enduring cement; intrepidity, contempt of softness, surrender of private interest, obedience to …”


A new draft for the Civilian Conservation Corps would do that.
Challenge, discipline, cooperation, and infrastructure repairs to solve the deep and divisive problems that lead to war. More shortly.


Posted on Meow Date 11 March, 12014 H.E.

3 Responses to CCC and Cooperation: solving the underying issues that lead to war is the MEOW

Avatar of CommunityCooperation CommunityCooperation says:
22/04/2014 at 21:14 (Edit)

“Common committment to the idea of community”: open

communication, positive action, and being proactive and

consensus-oriented. That is the type of community I hope to

help build.

I believe that, despite my own personal feelings about a given

person, the fact that that person is a member of my community

entitles that person to something from me: my acceptance, my

patience, my invitation to a community event; some

acknowlegement that we are in the same boat, and that like

him or not, as long as he accepts my personal boundaries, I

cannot exclude him simply on the basis of arbitrary personal

dislike or taste.
Avatar of CommunityCooperation CommunityCooperation says:
22/04/2014 at 09:20 (Edit)

Military discipline for the common good does not have to be only miliary. Much of my life has revolved around the ideals of service, duty, and honor embodied in General MacArthur´s farewell West Point address, which I first read and found so inspiring as a cadet in both the Civil Air Patrol and Jr. ROTC. The text is available (among other places) here:

That speech and the ideals it represents may be what got me kicked out of Annapolis, in fact.
When I arrived at the Naval Academy, I expected the ideas I had been taught as a cadet to continue to the Brigade of Midshipmen and to the officer corps: Nobless Oblige, defend and support the weak, work together to serve the ideals that make our democracy great.

But I found a very different reality there, and in questioning, earned the ire of both my upper classmen and several of my classmates to boot.
Contemplating the meaning of friendship, and of life, I find that I have been told that I was out of touch, or had my head in the clouds, or lived life as the world should be rather than as it really is, been called a Crusader, over and over. The courage of my convictions remains with me, yet I tire of the struggle. What do I want from my life? Only to make that contribution which only I can make, to be a bridge, to help re-create the cooperation which existed, not only between communities, but to inspire people to recall and rebuild what was old Al Andalus, and the cooperation of La Convivencia.

To gather and encourage people of good will and decency to promote cooperation and community for the sake of us all.
MEOW Date: Saturday, April 21, 12014 H.E. (Holocene Era)
Obs For Gands fan of Eric Frank Russell Abelard says:
18/03/2014 at 08:50 (Edit)

Maybe neoCCC members could travel the country teaching folks to build their own Green generators… Cool Cats for Conservation!!!
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A classmate at Annapolis told me that they'd taken out the definition of 'gullible' in the dictionary and replaced it with my photo one day. I was furious, because shipmates aren't supposed to bilge each other, and that to me was bilging.

But I want to believe that a better world is possible, a kinder world:
Perhaps the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would be a good 'summation' of what I want to see in the world?

[An aside: what I personally want may be quite different from what others want, of course. I would personally like to see a world where every person is free to travel anywhere, and where every person has a key to a very small flat -consisting of one room, well insulated, with a small kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and a bed. For free, with absolute lifelong rights. Also free would be brown rice (or similar equivalent grain), green leafy vegetables, and dried beans. That is the bare minimum that a person needs to live, and that (along with free Public Library borrowing rights and Health Care) should be totally free without question to every person at all times. Whether they work or not, deserving or not. No paperwork, no hassles. But for anything else a person may want, above this (deliberately quite Spartan and barebones) minimum, a person must contribute to society -i.e. work.

That is what I would like to see eventually, not going into political views...]

I look back 20 years on, now I see that I've always been accused of being gullible and naive, yet to be gullible, I think, is not from foolishness or stupidity, but from a stubborn refusal to believe that anyone could be dishonest.

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