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USPP

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United States

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Posted 11/29/2004, Updated 11/10/2013

Historic Overview

The United States Pacifist Party (USPP) in principle rejects military force. Its main platform planks are zero military budge, defense by nonviolent resistance, and massive aid to abolish poverty worldwide. The party was founded in 1983 by Bradford Lyttle, when he was a graduate student of political science at the University of Chicago (UofC). Although a religious pacifist, Lyttle for decades had had a strong interest in creating secular arguments for pacifism. While at the UofC, with help from a professor in the UofC’s statistics department, and his nephew, Christopher (a computer programer and network specialist), Lyttle developed a mathematical probability model that he called the “Apocalypse Equation” (AE), that shows that nuclear deterrence, the foundation of U.S. foreign policy, can be expected at any time to produce catastrophic accidents with nuclear weapons and nuclear war. The AE produces an irrefutable scientific argument that national security cannot be founded on military force, and therefore indirectly establishes a scientific basis for pacifism and defense by nonviolent resistance. Lyttle realized that the AE made it possible to argue the realism of pacifism in any political arena, and, therefore, could be made one of the foundations of a pacifist political party. He founded the USPP mainly as an educational vehicle to promote what he called “scientific pacifism”. Under USPP auspices, he ran for President in the 1984 election. He chose to run for President, rather than for some other office, because the President determines foreign policy. Although Lyttle ran only as a writein candidate in 1984, there was enough response to his campaign to make him realize that the USPP could be an effective vehicle for promoting pacifism. Therefore, he has run as a writein candidate for President two more times, in 1996 and 2000. In 1998, Gary Swing, a resident of Denver, Colorado, ran for the Senate under USPP auspices. He was on the ballot and received about 1900 votes, the least of any candidate. Although this result discouraged him, Lyttle regards it as a remarkable showing in what may be the most heavily militarized state in the nation. Extrapolated to the 50 states in the Union, the result suggests that there are at least 100,000 people in the U.S. who will support a pacifist party.


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