Wargamer to Peace Economist
Looking back over my life, asking how I got to this point of nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, I have to consider my Avalon Hill wargame experience crucial.
Math and Games
I started with things like Erector sets, Lincoln logs, American bricks, and just blocks. But there were four siblings and we played board games together a lot, like Careers, Monopoly, Risk, and many others. I fell in love with two things early on, Games and Math. Getting encyclopedias when I was seven, and later the Time Life book on Mathematics really got me going. I loved the way that math book showed all 36 possible combinations of two dice, one in red and one in green. Dice became the passion that united my two great interests, games and math. I went on to play games on Democracy, Summit, and standards like Checkers, Chess, and Go. You name it; I’d try it and be good at it. But they were all too simple until my older brother and I discovered the Avalon Hill game Chancellorsville in 1961. We also tried Tactic II, Gettysburg, and D-Day, and I never let him win. So I needed a new challenge and along came the Avalon Hill General magazine in December 1964. That was my freshman year moving from five frustrating years in the public schools to a Catholic High School. That was the last semester in high school I had anything less than an A in math or science. This was decades before the grade inflation of today, and I was top of my math classes the rest of the time in high school. I found opponents wanted in the General from other high schools and UW Madison and for the next ten years spent about three times a week, fifteen hours a week, in wargames. I was a master at the math and probabilities and also the rules, and these two, rules and math, were my edge. I loved the maps and terrain and playing counters and movement just as well. Soon I was inventing new rules, new games, and reinventing math before being taught it in the Trapezoidal Rule, the Pythagorean Theorem, and the Binomial Expansion Theorem. Endless imagination and experimentation became the norms of my life.
Technician in Society
I became a great Nerd. But humans are social animals, too, and I was a lonely boy who needed a social life. Opponents Wanted ads and a genius wargamer 90 miles to my Southeast came to the rescue. No one wrote more articles for wargaming magazines than Gary Gygax, inventing and imagining all the things you can do with wargames. This local role model noticed me and invited me into his new wargaming club, the International Federation of Wargaming. I started writing articles too, and inventing games, and starting a wargaming convention in Madison the year after his convention in Lake Geneva. I attended the first seven GenCons from 1968 to 1974 inclusive, winning Waterloo and tying Afrika Corp the first two Avalon Hill wargames tournaments in 1973 and 1974.. Then I gave up wargaming and Gary agreed to sell my stuff on consignment the last time I saw him in 1974. Gary welcomed me into his world and I made many trips to Lake Geneva and he came to my first wargames convention in Madison in June 1969. I had learned the social skills of being a wargaming organizer in Madison, Wisconsin. I learned many skills, math, games, rules, strategy, geography, military history, and organizing in those ten years of wargaming averaging 15 hours a week, three years of full time equivalent work. That creative foundation laid the way forward for my fifteen year career in politics from 1978 to 1993 where I learned the issues, campaigning, lobbying, and creating legislation and debates, submitting the 1984 National Delegate Selection Plan for the Democratic Party of Oregon, and meeting at a high level Rainbow Coalition meeting with Jesse Jackson in Chicago in February 1987. Everywhere I was getting great things done. Politics is where I discovered Sivard’s work on military spending in 1983. I discovered the Kondratiev Wave in 1981 from a close friend (Lyman G. Hill, XIII). We were both in the YMCA Singles Association; where I was president in 1978 and group facilitator from 1978 to 1981.
These formative experiences combined the endless variety of games and the endless variety of politics into the necessary knowledges that made the Peace Economics breakthroughs possible. In both macroeconomics and global warming theory these complex yet precise and elegant models will define how people see the coming century. In both cases stubborn academic bureaucracies have resisted the compelling math of my discoveries. But I have Thomas Kuhn on my side, knowing that new generations will adopt these basic discoveries and the resistant old order will eventually die off. The new paradigms will revolutionize the stock market and predictions of the future as the naysayers and doubters are pushed to the side. Sometime around the year 2025 the world will cool off for two or three years leading into a major war followed by global warming at a faster than ever pace and we will be prepared to mitigate these circumstances or we will blunder ahead ignorant of my discoveries. The choice is up to each of us individually. Collectively, if we learn, I will get my rewards. Today my term “Peace Economics” is routinely marginalized by peace groups as just a large sum of money, seldom if ever considered a major driving force of lost opportunity in the economy, by groups like the Berlin Peace Congress last year and Code Pink this year. Please stop using my terminology for misleading and understated purposes. Nations and peoples rise or fall with their choice of military spending levels.
Here is the suit pocket sized booklet for the twenty-fifth anniversary of Peace Economics:
Here are a few key pages about the climate cycle ending in 2025, warned about above:
Dr. Peace, Professor Robert Reuschlein, Real Economy Institute,
Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2016-2017