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

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.

About ShiraHoloceneEraDest

Shira Destinie Jones Landrac is a published poet and academic author, former Washington DC Tour Guide, founder of SHIR Tours Community Cooperation Tours, and freelance writer and educator. She has organized community events such as film discussions, multi-ethnic song events, and cooperative presentations. She now lives in France, and continues to work for community cooperation and health for all. She is on LinkedIn and on LinkedIn: and Academia.Edu:
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3 Responses to CCC and Cooperation: solving the underying issues that lead to war is the MEOW

  1. “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.

  2. 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)

  3. Maybe neoCCC members could travel the country teaching folks to build their own Green generators… Cool Cats for Conservation!!!

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