Dove of Peace

The Path of Peace and Liberty

"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 human 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 NAP can be a beacon of light to guide each of us through the journey of a lifetime.

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 soon becomes clear that the institution of the State, with its foundational violence, hostility to liberty and unquenchable desire for power, is the single greatest threat to our personal and cultural health.

It is hoped that, by exposing and opposing the State's wars and other aggressions, and by instead embracing and promoting the peaceful and voluntary exchange of goods, services and ideas among all peoples that we will move forward towards a cure.

..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 the war on terrorism, the war on drugs, or the multiple wars against other countries, it is obvious that the State is addicted to the violence of war. War is a disease. Like slavery, misogyny and human sacrifice, war is a disease of culture, a malfunction that prevents it from operating at its life affirming optimum. In a world of nuclear arsenals and biological weapons, war is the single greatest threat to human existence.

Because war thrives on ignorance, apathy and fear, the cure for war will require knowledge, compassion and courage. By providing new perspectives, by promoting cooperation, nonviolence and voluntary exchange, and by identifying and resisting the foundational violence of the State, it is hoped that this site will help begin the healing and contribute to the cure.

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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 one to more fully experience and enjoy the rich treasures of human life and culture. Here are a few small collections of writings on various topics, from love, life and loss, to art, music and poetry 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

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Fragile Democracy: The meltdown over the 2016 election.

Election 2016: Good news or bad?

A Really Bad, Terrible, Truly Horrible Idea: "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."

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

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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Traveler Advisory

War-Biohazard

War and unrestrained violence are threatening to become epidemic across several large regions of the globe and there are signs that we are on the verge of a world wide pandemic. Careful planning and extreme caution are advised.

The war disease continues to shorten the lives of hundreds of thousands each year, both directly and through destruction of basic social services.

Please visit Antiwar.com for daily updates.



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