Tried to reblog this post from World Beyond War, but couldn’t see how to do that, so try the link to them instead. Yemen, Poisoned Water and a Green New Deal
This is a quote:
War and preparations for war are among the top destroyers, if not the top destroyer, of our natural environment. No environmental policy can ignore them.” No environmental policy can ignore them. But every environmental policy does.
My emphasis. I began our local Peace Project thinking I knew something about “wanting a more peaceful reality” for many of the world’s people. I find it hard to believe how much I have found out that puts me right in the ignorant but well-meaning camp that so many of us manage to inhabit. I am thinking “institutional encultured habits” the unseen waters we all swim in. The United States is rogue – as a system – not as a huge number of genuinely well-meaning and far more active than me people. [So is UK and most other world government, but the US is the wealthiest, biggest influence for destruction. Far more so that Russia or China, or other, footprint by footprint, emission by emission, etc.]
Look at this report: The most recent study from the Costs of War Project, United States Budgetary Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars Through FY2019: $5.9 Trillion Spent and Obligated, by Neta C. Crawford (Boston University) was published on November 14, 2018.
or this video:
I still think the root cause of all this – an invidious vicious circle hegemonic system – is the way we [all of us, or our forebears] sleepwalked into “the way we create our money”. Ivo Mosley shows in his post, reform is possible and really not too difficult, but where we are at the moment is:
money dominates the ‘democratic’ process to its great detriment. Paralyzed in choice between ‘left’ and right’, elections neglect the great problems confronting humanity: arms proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, environmental decline, inequality, destruction of homelands, the spread of fascism….…We live in a system that’s tailor-made to end civilization as we know it.
OK we are here now, never mind how we got there. Bernie Sanders has joined with Yanis Varoufakis – they are making proposals for a way out. They have launched Progressive International.
They do mention money, and IMF, World Bank etc. They do talk about “green”, and the word “peace” comes in here and there. Unfortunately they do not – yet – demand that the obscene abuse of our people and planet resources for military spending is stopped, seen for what it is, absolute waste.
There are many shades of progressive, maybe as many as the shades of green. I will join and keep looking at how Progressive International develops. They may be as good as we get for the moment.