Robert J. Burrowes
  • Joined WSI in March 2017
Robert J. Burrowes

Robert J. Burrowes has a lifetime commitment to understanding and ending human violence. He has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981.

Together with Anita McKone, he now devotes his time to five primary projects: first, raising awareness of the phenomenal violence (mainly 'invisible' and 'utterly invisible') that adults inflict on children, see 'Why Violence?' (http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence) thus generating all other violence in our world, and calling attention to what is necessary if children are to achieve their evolutionary potential; second, securing worldwide participation in the effort to create a world without violence by inviting people to sign the online pledge of 'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World' (https://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com/) third, mobilizing participation in 'The Flame Tree Project to Save Life on Earth' (http://tinyurl.com/flametree) in an effort to avert human extinction; fourth, supporting national liberation struggles with a commitment to nonviolence to develop and implement comprehensive nonviolent strategies for achieving independence, based on his book 'The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach' (https://nonviolentliberationstrategy.wordpress.com/) and fifth, supporting peace, justice and environment campaigns to develop comprehensive nonviolent strategies to achieve their aims (https://nonviolentstrategy.wordpress.com/).

As a result of his nonviolent activism, including war tax resistance since 1983, Robert was bankrupted in 1991, convicted of contempt of court in 1992 (for his conscientious refusal to comply with the bankruptcy trustee), had his passport seized in 1993, and has been arrested on about 25 occasions and imprisoned on about 15. On one of these occasions he was imprisoned in a psychiatric ward and forcibly injected with 'anti-psychotic' drugs. He and Anita have been homeless since 1999 spending most of their time since then living in a tent in state forest. In Robert's experience, working to end human violence does not pay financially but it has many other rewards!

Robert's email address is flametree@riseup.net.

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