Untangling Ourselves From The Dark Side Of Endless War, Militarism


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(Photos: \Twitter)Guess what? I direct the following insight to, among others, the U.S. Congress, which annually and without comment, with only a few objectors, passes a trillion-dollar (and growing) military budget, by far the largest such budget on Planet Earth.“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.”The words are those of Albert Einstein, in a letter to a congressman 75 years ago. He adds, pointing out a truth that is still waiting to resonate culturally and politically: “The very prevention of war requires more faith, courage and resolution than are needed to prepare for war.”These words take a while to sink in, but as they do, some crucial — crucially ignored — realities emerge. The first is that waging war, or not, is a choice. Mainstream geopolitical reporting pretty much ignores this miniscule reality and covers the ever-simmering possibility of war — here, there and everywhere — as though it’s beyond human control, like a hurricane or a flood or a volcanic eruption. It’s certainly beyond the control of ordinary folks like you and me, who are spectators in the process and nothing more.Robert Farley, for instance, writing at Business Insider about the planet’s vulnerable geopolitical future, discusses what he...