Category: imperialism

politicalsci 2018-04-19 02:50:40

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War is a racket. It always has been. “It is po…

War is a racket. It always has been.

“It is possibly the
oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the
only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits
are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best
described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the
majority of the people.

Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is
conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very
many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” – The late United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley D. Butler 

a reminder:

a reminder:

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“I wonder now how the foreign policies …

“I wonder now how the
foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the
national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of
all children everywhere as our own. Then we could never drop an atomic
bomb on Hiroshima, or napalm on Vietnam, or wage war anywhere, because
wars, especially in our time, are always wars against children, indeed
our children.” 
Howard Zinn

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Martin Luther King, Jr. saw clearly the interr…

Martin Luther King, Jr. saw clearly the interrelatedness of war, poverty, and racism and
recognized how taking on one required confronting the others.

King challenged the draining of our national resources for the
military. He opposed the Vietnam War and other aspects of U.S. foreign
policy. He questioned an economic system that created enormous poverty
amid great wealth. He was assassinated while organizing the Poor
People’s March, in which he planned to lead thousands of poor Americans
of all races to Washington, D.C., to demand economic justice.

In speaking out against the Vietnam War, King recognized that
it was “the symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit.”
He
pegged the U.S. government as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the
world today.” He warned,
prophetically, of how the United States would be trapped in a series of
overseas military entanglements while the gap between the rich and poor
back home grew ever larger. He noted that the U.S. political and
economic system was “on the side of the wealthy, and the secure, while
we create a hell for the poor.” [x]

politicalsci 2018-03-25 21:49:08

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