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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Friday, January 24, 2014

How green are the peace and environmental movements?

Canadian Dimension which is produced in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in my opinion, is one of the best non-sectarian left-wing magazines around.

They just released an interview they did with Noam Chomsky concerning global warming and climate change:

http://canadiandimension.com/articles/5874/

Below is the comment I made in response to the interview:

The one important aspect of climate change the left keeps missing is the fact that Wall Street's very lucrative Military-Industrial Complex leaves the largest carbon footprint of any industry.

So, why have the peace and environmental movements, along with most of the left, failed to make this important connection?

I'm surprised neither Chomsky nor Canadian Dimension brought this important connection forward in this interview.

How much of what is produced from the Tar Sands will be consumed by the Military-Industrial Complex?

One aircraft carrier of the Nimitz class carries THREE MILLION gallons of aircraft fuel. Fuel for just 80 aircraft. The U.S. typically deploys six of these aircraft carriers during maneuvers, conflicts and wars. This alone is one heck of a carbon footprint and we still have to figure out what kind of carbon footprint is created manufacturing these aircraft carriers and planes...

And this example is just the tip of the melting iceberg.

Consider all the mining and manufacturing which goes into producing for militarism and wars--- what kind of carbon footprint is created in preparation for wars, by wars and rebuilding in the aftermath of wars?

There is a point to be made about global warming and militarism and wars which leads me to conclude that the most effective way to fight global warming and climate change is to fight for peace by "beating swords into plowshares."

For some reason all these foundation-funded peace organizations and environmental organizations don't want to acknowledge that the Military-Industrial Complex bears primary responsibility for global warming and climate change. Perhaps because the "great philanthropists" funding the foundations profit so handsomely from militarism and wars? 

If changing out light bulbs contributes to ending global warming and climate change, can you imagine the contribution peace would make towards this effort?

It seems our environmental and peace movements could use what the great labor leader and working class revolutionary, William Z. Foster, advised--- "...a good strong dose of anti-imperialist education..." connecting all the dots.