Dienstag, 10. Dezember 2019

Google honors Bertha von Suttner

Google today honors the peace activist and writer Bertha von Suttner, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 114 years ago, on December 10, 1905, with a Goggle Doodle.

As a pioneer of the Peace Movement, she fought against war preparation and war, for peace and pacifism. She saw herself as a citizen of the world, but mainly in a philosophical sense. Her idea of a "nation of world citizens" and her "vision of a united congress of all states", which was to lead to a new international federation along the lines of the USA (according to a publication by the World Federalists in 1993), remained shadowy.

So even today in the Peace Movement ideas how peace can be effectively organized and permanently secured are hardly to be found. One restricts oneself to protest. The demand for a UN monopoly on the use of force regulated by World Law is largely rejected. The idea of a democratic World Union continues to be regarded as a utopia. It does not reflect what the actual utopia is: International Disarmament and a stable world peace without the political unification of mankind. That can never happen.

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