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