“Militarism is probably the world’s largest barrier to ending poverty. Whether it be armies and weapons of war, or small arms flowing into our neighbourhoods and local communities, militarism destroys communities, wastes resources and prevents sustainable development. Military and weapons spending consumes resources that could be applied instead to human needs. The flow of arms into a conflict region destroys democratic and traditional control structures for land-use, production and the economy and replaces this with warlords, gang leaders and militias.
Armed conflicts push people out of their houses, off their lands and into slavery, refugee camps or having to accept other subhuman conditions. The use of weapons kills or maims people, taking them out of the workforce and adding an additional economic burden of medical care for the wounded. Weapons testing and use also destroys the environment, whether it be the devastation from nuclear weapons testing, the farmlands no longer usable because of landmines or cluster munitions, the toxins released from explosions in war or other weaponry like depleted uranium weapons.
And the use of military vehicles – aircraft, ships, rockets, tanks, armoured vehicles – in exercises and military operations constitutes possibly the largest single global contributor to carbon emissions and climate change.
Addressing militarism is thus the best hope we have of achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals of ending poverty, achieving universal education, providing primary health care, adequately combating major diseases, addressing key environmental concerns such as climate change and providing sufficient renewable energy for basic needs.”
Alyn Ware, a New Zealand peace educator and campaigner, founder and international coordinator of the network Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)
“Defense spending wastes societal and global resources, and also weakens the U.S. in the medium and long term. Cutting it seems like something people of most ideological persuasions should be able to get behind, but “spending a lot of money on things that can blow shit up” has been conflated with “patriotism” for too long now…..I was taught in the sixth grade that we had a standing army of just over a hundred thousand men and that the generals had nothing to say about what was done in Washington. I was taught to be proud of that and to pity Europe for having more than a million men under arms and spending all their money on airplanes and tanks. I simply never unlearned junior civics. I still believe in it. I got a very good grade.”
Kurt Vonnegut (Economist 2012)
“Ladies, do you know the numbers? Our taxes are higher than three billion and the ministers of the army and navy devour a third themselves….The household with six francs a day for expenses, for example, starts each day by throwing two francs away.”
Sylvia Flammarion, 1905 speech to working class French women.
“If war boosts the economy of the industrial nations that own the war supplies, it smashes the economy of the nations that consume them.”
Fereshten Gol-Mohammadi, Iran, 1983.
“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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1.3 Why Now?
1.4.1 Some Basic Facts
220.127.116.11.2.1 Environmental Degradation
18.104.22.168.2.2.1 The US Air Force
22.214.171.124.1 Low to ‘Negative’ Tax
126.96.36.199.2.1 It Pays to Lobby
188.8.131.52 War on Drugs
184.108.40.206 Cutting Down to $1 Trillion
220.127.116.11 What Is the 5% Threshold Figure?
1.5.4 How to Track This
2.1.2 What Is Just?
18.104.22.168 The (In)Security Paradox
22.214.171.124 Non-offensive Defence
126.96.36.199 Sustainable Security
188.8.131.52 Essential for Human Security
184.108.40.206 The Poorest are Hardest Hit
220.127.116.11 An Arms Trade Treaty
18.104.22.168 Nuclear Spending
22.214.171.124 Military Expansion into Space
126.96.36.199 Militarization of the Drug War
188.8.131.52.1 Latin America
184.108.40.206.2 The Arms Industry
220.127.116.11 Arms Sales
18.104.22.168 The Work of Andrew Feinstein
22.214.171.124 New Business – Drones
126.96.36.199 War Spending
188.8.131.52 Redressing Imbalance of Power
184.108.40.206 And If We Do Nothing?
220.127.116.11.1 Fund Global Health
18.104.22.168.1.1 World Health Organization (WHO)
22.214.171.124.1.2 Health Spending
126.96.36.199.1.3 The Five Percent Formula – new funds
188.8.131.52 Sustainable Development
184.108.40.206.2 Climate Change
220.127.116.11 The Global Green Economy
18.104.22.168 Campaign Targets
22.214.171.124.2 Far East
126.96.36.199.3 Indian Sub-Continent
188.8.131.52 Proportionality and Fairness
184.108.40.206 Where to Cut: the United States
220.127.116.11.2 The Center for American Progress
18.104.22.168.3 The United Kingdom
22.214.171.124.5 NATO – an Obstacle to Reductions
126.96.36.199 Jubilee Debt Campaign
188.8.131.52 The Financial Transaction Tax
184.108.40.206.1 new funds for global health
220.127.116.11 Climate Finance
18.104.22.168 In The UK
22.214.171.124 In The USA
126.96.36.199.2 However, We Have Further to Go in the UK
188.8.131.52.3 And this Is Echoed across the EU
184.108.40.206 10% Option
4.12 Arms Trade
4.12.1 Arms export agreements
4.15 Drone Proliferation
“We have produced one firearm for every ten inhabitants of this planet, and yet we have not bothered to end hunger when such a feat is well within our reach.”
Óscar Arias Sánchez, former President of Costa Rica (the first country to formally abolish its military forces)
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower