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Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader, Philadelphia Ethical Society

Since the Department of War’s creation in 1789, the United States has followed an all-too-familiar strategy: prepare for war to keep the peace. The painstaking, crucial work of peacebuilding has not received equal federal attention and resources. As weapons become more deadly and expensive, isn’t it time the federal government devoted more time, resources, and status to peacebuilding? Hugh Taft-Morales explores the important initiative to establish a cabinet level Department of Peacebuilding that is the heart of a resolution passed on August 8, 2021 by the American Ethical Union: “Renewal of Commitment to a Culture of Peace.”

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