scales of justice Occasional Justice
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by Nile Stanton
29 January 2023


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            Occasional Justice/19Jan2023 and Occasional Justice/26Jan2023

Larry Hicks came within four days of being executed in the Indiana electric chair for supposedly stabbing two men to death in a fight in a Gary home in northwest Indiana. He was absolutely innocent. I represented and him at his second trial, and he was fully exonerated. My short book about the case is available on Amazon here: The Ordeal of Larry Hicks.

     On a personal note: With hope, in the near future I will learn how to put a little box to the right that says "Archives" which readers can use to find posts other than the most recent one; and other improvements to the site will be made. Please me bear with me on this, as I am both the webmaster (a misnomer in this instance) and content creator, and my HTML skills are very limited. Too, I use the antiquated HTML editors Notepad++ and SeaMonkey's Mozilla Composer. On another domain, I am slowly learning how to use WordPress, the powerful site builder for dummies that requires no knowledge of HTML code. Perhaps I'll use that here at some point.


      In his Ad Lucilium epistulae morales (Moral Letters to Lucilius), the great Stoic philospoher Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 1 BCE – CE 65) from Córdoba, Spain, posited that war is the gravest of all moral concerns. In his book On War and Morality (1989), professor Robert L. Holmes of the University of Rochester, concurred, as have many other people. 

Now, please give serious attention to this email I received this morning:

Demilitarising UK universities could have a global ripple effect on the arms industry. The UK is the second largest exporter of weapons, including the second biggest exporter to Saudi Arabia. This is in spite of evidence of Saudi war crimes committed with UK weapons, such as BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, both of which have funded tens of millions of dollars in UK university research. Further, the UK is staunchly blocking an international ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems or “killer robots”, which is no surprise given the massive investments that arms companies are pouring into university-based research in the UK for these weapons systems.

Universities' partnerships with the arms trade also jeopardise their potential position as agenda-setters in responding to the climate emergency. The UK’s military and its arms companies produce 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year — more emissions than 60 individual countries!

The bottom line is: universities hold undeniable power to shape society. Instead of profiting off of resource exploitation, conflict, and the building-up of weapons stockpiles, universities can shape a new understanding of higher education that supports ethical and sustainable partnerships to resolve our real world challenges, like climate change and poverty. Help us send a message to UK universities, urging them to divest from the arms industry, end their research partnerships with weapons companies, and invest in peaceful, sustainable innovation!

The military-industrial complex has allowed our universities to be overrun by arms trade interests, and students have had enough.