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