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Power and Influence
Power and influence are often thought of as being the same kind of thing: those who have power have influence and vice versa. In fact, though, they are quite different. If I have total power and then decide to share it with nine others, I now have only one-tenth of the power I had before. If I have a certain measure of influence and then share it with nine others, I do not have less. I have more. Instead of one person radiating this influence, there are now ten. Power works by division, influence by multiplication.
"I think that the best way in which to study ancient prophecies is to strive for their fulfilment. It is written of the reign of the Prince of Peace: ‘They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks, neither shall they learn war any more.’"
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Radical Fights of Forty Years
by Howard Evans
This the autobiographical work of Howard Evans (1839–1915) who was a British Radical and Nonconformist journalist. The book paints a vivid picture of conditions in the 19th century and how courageous reformers like John Stuart Mill, himself and his associate W. Randal Cremer stood for human rights and the beginnings of the Labour and Peace Movements.
Evans wrote in 1878, "I believe firmly that in politics as well as religion God has his own elect chosen out from the rest of the world to be the pioneers of progress".
Together with Cremer he formed the Inter Parliamentary Union and the International Arbitration League and laid the foundations for the International Court of Justice in the passionate search for an alternative to war as a solution for international disputes.
The International Arbitration League was integrated into the Mondcivitan Republic.
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"The Peace Society, whose full title is “The Society for Promoting Universal Peace,” was founded in 1816, mainly by members of the Society of Friends, among whom Thomas Clarkson, the friend of the negro, was the most conspicuous. It was based upon the principle of absolute non-resistance, so far at least as its officers were concerned. Probably on that account it did not command much popular support or attract much public attention until Henry Richard became its secretary in ...1848. Like his two immediate predecessors in office, Henry Richard was a Congregational minister. While personally accepting the Quaker view as to the unlawfulness of all war from a Christian standpoint, he saw from the first the necessity of enlisting the sympathy and support of good men who, while unable to go so far, were ready and willing to work for practical and peaceful methods of settling international disputes. From 1848 to his death, in 1888, Henry Richard was the central figure of the movement.
A happier choice of a secretary could not possibly have been made, for he possessed all the qualities of leadership. He had a lofty faith in the righteousness and reasonableness of the cause, and in its ultimate triumph—a faith which was never daunted by difficulty nor discouraged by defeat, because it had its roots in religious conviction. Unlike many Christians, he really believed in the kingdom of God, and that as a citizen thereof it was his primary duty to promote its extension. He was singularly modest and unselfish, always seeking the co-operation of all sorts and conditions of men, always ready to accept the services of those who were in only partial agreement with him. He never feared the face of man, never shrank from risking and enduring the rebuffs of the great and powerful, if only the cause could be advanced. While cherishing the loftiest ideals, he was quite ready to encounter on their own ground those who confined themselves to considerations of practical politics. His Annual Reports at the meetings of the Peace Society were forceful, logical, and even brilliant. His speeches, both in and out of Parliament, were touched with that fervour of conviction which is so characteristic of Welsh oratory, and he had a vein of playful satire and dry humour which was used with telling effect. He was a man of many battles, and repeatedly he had to champion the cause of the Welsh people against academic priggishness, sacerdotal calumny, ajnd landlord oppression; but even when his indignation was roused he was free from bitterness and absolutely destitute of personal enmity. For some years he was the foremost spokesman of Nonconformity in the House of Commons, where he commanded the respect and attention of men of all parties."
(Howard Evans in his biography of Randall Cremer)
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The large print, large format edition is now available
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AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS
POSSUMUS! YES, WE CAN!
The year 2016 started with the good news of the recognition of a Palestinian State by His Holiness Pope Francis, and some saw it as a means of improving relations between Christians and Muslims. The Palestinian people is of course entitled to have its own long delayed State to enable it to express its identity as a people in the world arena. And the Pope's voice, which outshines even that of the Dalai Lama, would be most w...