“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
22.214.171.124.2.1 Environmental Degradation
126.96.36.199.2.2.1 The US Air Force
188.8.131.52.1 Low to ‘Negative’ Tax
184.108.40.206.2.1 It Pays to Lobby
220.127.116.11 War on Drugs
18.104.22.168 Cutting Down to $1 Trillion
22.214.171.124 What Is the 5% Threshold Figure?
1.5.4 How to Track This
2.1.2 What Is Just?
126.96.36.199 The (In)Security Paradox
188.8.131.52 Non-offensive Defence
184.108.40.206 Sustainable Security
220.127.116.11 Essential for Human Security
18.104.22.168 The Poorest are Hardest Hit
22.214.171.124 An Arms Trade Treaty
126.96.36.199 Nuclear Spending
188.8.131.52 Military Expansion into Space
184.108.40.206 Militarization of the Drug War
220.127.116.11.1 Latin America
18.104.22.168.2 The Arms Industry
22.214.171.124 Arms Sales
126.96.36.199 The Work of Andrew Feinstein
188.8.131.52 New Business – Drones
184.108.40.206 War Spending
220.127.116.11 Redressing Imbalance of Power
18.104.22.168 And If We Do Nothing?
22.214.171.124.1 Fund Global Health
126.96.36.199.1.1 World Health Organization (WHO)
188.8.131.52.1.2 Health Spending
184.108.40.206.1.3 The Five Percent Formula – new funds
220.127.116.11 Sustainable Development
18.104.22.168.2 Climate Change
22.214.171.124 The Global Green Economy
126.96.36.199 Campaign Targets
188.8.131.52.2 Far East
184.108.40.206.3 Indian Sub-Continent
220.127.116.11 Proportionality and Fairness
18.104.22.168 Where to Cut: the United States
22.214.171.124.2 The Center for American Progress
126.96.36.199.3 The United Kingdom
188.8.131.52.5 NATO – an Obstacle to Reductions
184.108.40.206 Jubilee Debt Campaign
220.127.116.11 The Financial Transaction Tax
18.104.22.168.1 new funds for global health
22.214.171.124 Climate Finance
126.96.36.199 In The UK
188.8.131.52 In The USA
184.108.40.206.2 However, We Have Further to Go in the UK
220.127.116.11.3 And this Is Echoed across the EU
18.104.22.168 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