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Why Don’t We Have a Stronger Anti-war Movement?

March 04, 2023 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Yosi McIntire, US Servas Peace and Justice Secretary

The current military budget is approaching $1 trillion.  Today, most holders of the more common mutual fund portfolios are not concerned about being invested in weapons manufacturers’ stocks. Much of the American public has essentially bought into acquiescence. Typically, college students have little knowledge or interest in the anti-war movement that once thrived on campuses.

Joan Roelofs’ new book “The Trillion Dollar Silencer: Why There Is So Little Anti-War Protest in the United States” (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2022), suggests the answer is money.

Particularly important is the fact that military bases have been placed strategically across the country, often in remote rural areas, where they become the life blood of economic development. Millions of American workers find jobs with military contractors or their subsidiaries, which finance scholarships and internships.

The military’s extensive philanthropic endeavors have helped to normalize militarism. A significant portion of grants to universities, businesses and engineering firms are geared to research and funding to train the next generation of weapons-producers. Opposition to U.S. foreign policy in universities has resulted in dismissal from employment.

According to Roelofs, our over-reliance on military spending is taking its toll. The link between bloated military spending and issues such as climate-change inaction, environmental protection, the crisis in public education, health-care, housing, poverty, etc. has been all but abandoned while the military industrial complex that General Eisenhower warned about in his Farewell Address in 1961, continues to always gets its way. Meanwhile we are witnessing a continued deterioration in civilian industrial infrastructure, political polarization, a negative balance of trade, and a mounting deficit.

Investment in civilian research, and an anti-war movement are desperately needed.


  • March 19, 2023 8:44 AM | Anonymous member
    All true what Yosi says here. But let's remember, war is God's way of teaching Americans geography, which means that, lacking a military draft, most folks don't know or care if their government runs amok out there. That's the "blessing" of being in a rich country (full of poor people) - one can easily ignore the world in favor of one's own concerns, traumas, and privileges.

    Also, the constant warnings of our media and politicians against other powers that threaten our (illegitimate) dominance are starting to ring truer: Russia and China are rising as totalitarian, oppressive, aggressive powers. I don't root for war with them, but I don't root for their actions either. A pox on all of them.

    Finally, it's not enough to be against war. You have to be for justice, which is how you get rid of war. We've never had the former and always had the latter, right?
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