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October 29, 2010

This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race

"I am an arms dealer.  Fitting you with weapons in the form of words." ~Fall Out Boy, This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race.

What justifies the global military addiction? (For an explanation and wake up call, check out the Empire video) Over the last decade, the U.S. has doubled its military budget, fueling massive military build-ups around the world, begging the question where and when this vicious cycle of rising military expenditures will end.  As the U.S. builds its arms, it sells arms to other countries, and the result is global militarization.  What is the opportunity cost?  Infrastructure and charitable aid?  Is it all just part of United States imperialism?

 The political economist Harry Magdoff wrote of it this way in his Age of Imperialism in 1969: "Imperialism is not a matter of choice for a capitalist society; it is a way of life of such a society." He also knew the only way our system can work is through repression, institutionalized inequality and militarism, all camouflaged in the deceit of serving the public interest.  Magdoff knew those elements are in the DNA of our capital-controlled society that thrives and prospers best by pursuing a global predatory policy that assures continued economic growth at the macro level, geopolitical control, and greater wealth for the rich and powerful at the expense of all others.