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William Astore: A Ten-Point Plan to Make Joe Biden a Peace-Time President

“What could be more exceptional, more laudable, than seeking a lasting global peace?”

February 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: It’s Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11

Perhaps the horrors of 2020—the fires and hurricanes, Trump’s vicious attacks on democracy, the death, sickness, and economic dislocation caused by Covid-19—can force a real conversation about national security in 2021. Maybe this time we can finally ask whether trying to prop up a dying empire actually makes us—or indeed the world—any safer.

December 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Andrea Mazzarino: The War Zone Is America

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Racism and Armed Violence in the United States

June 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, Stephen Miles: Dismantle the War Economy

To create real security, we must slash the Pentagon budget and invest in meeting everyone’s basic human needs.

June 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Mandy Smithberger: How The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder in Contract After Contract

Washington has already spent at least $2 trillion on its war in Afghanistan alone, and the corruption, waste, and failure associated with those expenditures was (or at least should have been) mindboggling.

January 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sarah Anderson: Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump’s Attacks on Iran

As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.

January 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Andrea Mazzarino: Bearing Witness to the Costs of War

I’m a scholar of the war on terror’s civilian casualties, as well as a military spouse. Until the suffering ends, all of us should bear witness to the costs of war.

December 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: Should We Feed Hungry Children or the War Machine?

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Korten: 8 Essential Steps to Radically Transform Our Economy

An economic system that serves everyone and the planet is necessary for our survival. Here are some guiding principles to get us there.

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Dreaming Big About the U.S. Military

As the U.S. military enjoys enormous budgets ($718 billion this year, rising possibly to $750 billion for 2020), Americans are told not to dream big. There might just be a connection here.

April 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Lindsay Koshgarian: Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

The US military budget sucks up an enormous amount of resources without making the world more peaceful or democratic. Here are a few ways we could better spend that $717 … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Bellicose Nation

The U.S. spends 40% of the world’s total military budget, and this huge expenditure is controlled by an inconsistent and bellicose ignoramus. Trump favors disruption over working together, and he … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Stacy Bannerman: Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War?

The money misspent on the Iraq War—a war for oil, let’s not forget— could have purchased the planetary conversion to renewable energy. Just sit with that a moment. . “The … Continue reading

August 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Savell: We Have Spent $32 Million Per Hour on War Since 2001

15 years after the invasion of Iraq, what are the costs? . Anti-war protesters gather in London at the start of a demonstration against war on Iraq, February 15, 2003. … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

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