A lot of people had a some coronary problems in the U.S. last week when presidential candidate Bernie Sanders mentioned that we become a more socialist nation – NOT THE “S” WORD – was the general consensus.
What many of my fellow voters do not realize is that our military is entirely a socialist operation. We pay our taxes to the government, the government uses that money to protect our borders – a perfectly socialist setup.
A new article published by WSWS.org “The Cost of Military Dominance” outlines for us quite neatly the billions of dollars we use to keep our military operating.
The article plainly points out that while our citizens suffer for basic human rights, we ignore those in order to fund our socialist military. There’s an old phrase that comes to mind here, “Guns over Butter”; our government is spending more for its guns than it is on its own citizens.
The deficit of the City of Detroit, which was the nominal cause for the city’s bankruptcy and the gutting of city workers’ pensions, was $327 million in 2013—less than the cost of one Navy F-35C. The city has announced plans to shut off water service to more than 20,000 households to collect a debt that amounts to about one-eighth the cost of one such aircraft.
The article also points out the very real fact that war is profitable for some:
The terrifying destructive potential of the US military, whether conventional or nuclear weapons, is a very profitable business. In September, when the US began bombing ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the stocks of four of the five largest weapons makers—Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics and Raytheon—soared to all time highs. (emphasis mine)
There’s The Financialization Revolution again – an elite group making money at the expense of the general population and doing it with our tax dollars. (This means each citizen actually socializes The Financialization Revolution as well – our taxes are used to support a military but the military allocates the the funds to big companies that make out like bandits on Wall Street).
We must acknowledge that we are a socialist nation and our military is the largest socialist service we employ. We must acknowledge that war is quite a profitable investment for a few and greed causes the war drums to beat incessantly. We will not be able to move forward as a Republic and we will lose all sense of democracy unless we come to terms with this reality. There are better ways to invest our taxes – so-called “green” innovations are the next big thing – but we are stuck in 20th century, cold war thinking by continuing to support with our biggest, baddest, bestest military blindly. If we can’t manage to own up to our close-minded, tunnel vision, we will lose our nation to the oligarchy.
Here’s to the Republic!