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Summary of the Nine Cornerstones
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Here, in alphabetical order, are the nine strategic cornerstones espoused on this site, with a brief statement of why they are important to a campaign to end war.

Embrace the goal. No great achievement can be accomplished unless we envision what we want and how to get there. We will not build a future without war either accidentally or through good fortune if we set our eyes on other goals, no matter how worthy they may be.

Empower women. Women's biological preference for nonviolent conflict resolution is the catalyst for making the change happen rapidly and a critical factor in maintaining a warless future once we've built it.

Enlist young men. Young men are the single most disruptive segment in societies. If they are not to be sent off as soldiers, we need to find other, positive ways to occupy and socialize them during their most turbulent years. They must be a part of the solution, not a major part of the problem

Foster connectedness. To control our innate, divisive xenophobic tendencies we need to teach respect and appreciation for diversity and a sense of our oneness as human beings. Because happiness is an important foundation of social stability and ties to family and community are the single most important factor in human happiness, we need to strengthen family and community ties.

Insure essential resources. Many wars are fought because people do not have access to essential resources or hope of a better life. We need to focus efforts on teaching people how they can acquire what they need.

Promote nonviolent conflict resolution. Particularly in a world where aggression has been an accepted, even honored mode of conflict resolving behavior for millennia, we need to teach people to use nonviolent means. We must further teach them why nonviolent conflict resolution, not aggression, leads to stable, lasting agreements.

Provide security and order. The coalition of countries that wants to end the policy of war must be able to act from a position of strength. From such a position they will be better able to convince states wanting to make war that negotiation of differences is preferable.

Spread democracy. Democracy provides two critical necessities to ending war: it is the best political means available to ensure that no one person or group can instigate war, and it fosters a large middle class that can provide life satisfaction for the most people.

Shift our economies. We cannot build a future without war for free or on the cheap. The funds for building it are there, but they are currently being spent on planning for, executing, and cleaning up after wars. We need to shift our economies from ones built on war to ones built on ending war, and then dedicate the money we now spend on unnecessary weapons programs to programs that further the achievement of the other cornerstones. This will provide labor for workers and profits for businesses while moving us away from our dependency on war.