Tag Archives: military industrial complex
One can not build sustainability and equity at home and while destroying the rest of the planet. Period.
Private companies building and selling guns is not the same thing as the government encouraging their use in other nations’ war zones, but President Eisenhower’s prescient warning is great food for thought.
Bezos is currently worth around 120.5 billion dollars. If he took a tiny pay cut and knocked his net worth down to a measly 120 billion, none of his workers would need to be on welfare.
Perpetual war is leading to a host of societal ills, yet debates on war and peace are almost entirely absent from public discourse, Robert Wing and Coleen Rowley observe.
As Lee Fang observed recently in The Intercept, “The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.”
and because you’ve shown good will to the United States in the years since we invaded and occupied your country, slaughtered more than 3 million of your people…
Conventional wisdom holds that the likelihood that these unconventional weapons will be used has decreased since the end of the so-called Cold War. That perception has been challenged lately, especially since President Barack Obama announced a 30-year, $1 trillion program to modernize the U.S. nuclear-weapon arsenal.
Why has waste at the Pentagon been so hard to rein in? The answer is, in a sense, not complicated: the military-industrial complex profits from waste. Closer scrutiny of waste could mean not just cheaper spare parts, but serious questions about whether cash cows like the F-35 are needed at all. An accurate head count of the hundreds of thousands of private contractors employed by the Pentagon would reveal that a large proportion of them are doing work that is either duplicative or unnecessary.
From the article: Islam is not the issue. The issue is Israel’s human and civil rights record, on which Israel should be measured with the same yardstick by which other countries are measured.
Farruggio: Perhaps if we really wanted to get rid of this threat from ISIS and other loony groups of religious warriors, we might consider: A) That we had NO business ever going militarily into the Middle East at all, and our illegal invasions and occupations only fueled the anger and wrath of our victims, B) That we do not need more than 1,000 military bases in more than 100 different countries, and C) That we all need to curb the **** about America being aChristian nation, the jihadists similar rhetoric about Islam, and the Israelis’ about Judaism. Enough of the garbage of who are the chosen people! Enough!
Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy
From the article: Each side, the left and the right, is willing to let its own unfaithful allies get away with murder.
From the article: Between 2010 and 2014, the organization’s data shows, 439 drones passed through international hands, compared with 322 in the previous five years. Israel delivered 165 units. The U.S. came in second with 132…
Right off, it is crucial to make corporate power and its effects visible. And that means not just material relations of power but also the ideologies that legitimate corporate power. This means that it is crucial to recognize that there is no correlation between corporate power and democracy. When corporate power speaks in the name […]
Editor’s Note: This is an amazing panel. It draws together what Zunes calls “messianic militarism” in our times and looking back in history to worldwide colonialism/imperialism (and to the Doctrine of Discovery and native rights in this country although they are not mentioned directly) and the “settler states” that withdrew from the Durban conference led […]
This is a story of war profiteering, personal ambition, bureaucratic turf wars, absence of accountability and, always, secrecy. Louise Richardson, New York (NY) Times Oct. 15, 2014 | In “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” James Risen holds up a mirror to the United States in the 13 years since 9/11, and what […]
Military recruiting is at the root of this university, and is the root of its relationship to the military. The same act that allowed the U of M[innesota] to establish itself as a so-called “land-grant university,” the 1862 Morrill Act, also laid the groundwork for what was to later become the Reserve Officer Training Corps […]