Time to Change America

What these seven suggestions really amount to is rejecting a militarized mindset of aggression and a corporate mindset of exploitation for one that sees humanity and this planet more holistically.

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W.J. Astore

In my latest article for TomDispatch.com, I argue that the coronavirus crisis provides an opportunity to reimagine America.  Please read the entire article at TomDispatch; what follows is an extended excerpt.  Thanks!

This should be a time for a genuinely new approach, one fit for a world of rising disruption and disaster, one that would define a new, more democratic, less bellicose America. To that end, here are seven suggestions, focusing — since I’m a retired military officer — mainly on the U.S. military, a subject that continues to preoccupy me, especially since, at present, that military and the rest of the national security state swallow up roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending:

1. If ever there was a time to reduce our massive and wasteful military spending, this is it. There was never, for example, any sense in investing up to…

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2 thoughts on “Time to Change America

  1. yes. and as ive said before, reducing the US military would be a great boon to the environment, since the US military is the number one air polluter on the planet.

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  2. Good point, Nomad. I wonder what’s happening to the US military – whether they are practicing self isolation or if respiratory illness is running rampant through the barracks. That seems to be a big gap on the wall-to-wall COVID-19 coverage.

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