Resisting Militarization – what next?

The Global Justice Advocacy Team is in conversations with Jack Nelson Pallmeyer about working with our members of Congress on legislation to require the federal government to develop plans for economic conversion (i.e. “peace conversion”). The study/plan would examine the potential benefits of a planned shift of production away from unneeded weapon’s systems and military bases. Military spending levels should be determined by actual security needs, not jobs supposedly created. One billion dollars in military spending creates about 12,000 jobs; that same billion dollars spent on education creates 28,000 jobs. We see this initiative as an action of hope for peace and justice in a time when our nation seems to think the only solution is militarism.

In this light, we are inspired by the words of Howard Zinn:

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifices, courage, and kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we only see the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many— where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of the world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is a marvelous victory.

So, let us live!