Top 10 Myths of the Jobs Argument Against Military Cuts

Top 10 Myths of the Jobs Argument Against Military Cuts

Members of Congress, led by the team of Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte, are touring military contracting plants, bases and defense-dependent communities this summer raising the alarm about “sequestration.” This is the part of the current budget deal...
Steering Clear of the Iceberg Ahead

Steering Clear of the Iceberg Ahead

“Doomsday!” “Taxmageddon!” “Catastrophe!” Next year will begin with both a bang and a whimper unless Congress can escape its apparently hopeless deadlock. Unless our lawmakers get their act together, there will be the equivalent of...
Cutting Pentagon Fat

Cutting Pentagon Fat

One minor piece of good news came out of the defense spending bill that the House passed last week. While approving a bill giving more to the Pentagon than the Pentagon asked for, the House did remove a few small items from the military budget. One was dear to the...
Green Scissors for Congress

Green Scissors for Congress

When you’re in a hole, you stop digging. And when you’ve got a $1.3-trillion deficit and $15.7 trillion in debt, you’ve got to start cutting. That’s why we joined the environmental group Friends of the Earth and the free-market R Street...
Pentagon Spending Spree

Pentagon Spending Spree

Are you wondering where your tax dollars are going? Then take a look at the $642.5 billion stuffed into the National Defense Authorization Act, which the House of Representatives recently approved. House Republicans may spout plenty of concern about the nation’s...
Asia’s Mad Arms Race

Asia’s Mad Arms Race

Asia is currently in the middle of an unprecedented arms race that is not only sharpening tensions in the region but also competing with efforts by Asian countries to address poverty and growing economic disparity. The gap between rich and poor—calculated by the...
The Pentagon’s Obesity Problem

The Pentagon’s Obesity Problem

America has a problem with portion control. U.S. restaurants serve enormous entrees, convenience stores sell “Big Gulp” cups of soda, and Americans routinely compete to see who can eat the most hot dogs or pizzas or chicken wings in ten minutes. It’s...
The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

The State of the Military-Industrial Complex Is Strong

War may dwindle, Peace may grow; But weapons makers Never slow. What can you do with a bunch of used generals? If you keep them active, they need new assignments. These can be expensive. But if you let them retire with fat pensions, they’ll go to work for arms...

Death and Taxes

Military spending combines the two certainties in life: death and taxes. U.S. taxpayers are paying more than anyone else on Earth to support an industry devoted to death. Tuesday, Tax Day, Americans were treated to the news that our nation has increased its overall...

Lannan Lecture: Phyllis Bennis on Cultural Freedom

Phyllis Bennis was introduced by David Barsamian, then gave a talk. Phyllis Bennis in conversation with David Barsamian. Phyllis Bennis spoke about the recent upheavals in the Middle East as well as Israel and Palestine, and then engaged in an onstage conversation...
Global Day of Action on Military Spending

Global Day of Action on Military Spending

In 2010 alone, global military spending rose to an all-time high amount of $1.63 TRILLION! Because we encounter countless crises in today’s world -poverty, hunger, lack of education, poor health care, environmental issues – it is essential that we come...
Arms Down

Arms Down

Every year, in the last two weeks of their final semester, a group of seniors in the 20th-century world history class at my high school played a mysterious game. They were honor-bound not to tell anyone what they were doing. All we knew was that, while their fellow...
The Costa Rica Consensus

The Costa Rica Consensus

We´ve met for the last two days in a cathedral of words; a monument to those who record the path of humanity; an extraordinary collection of historical events, captured on the page and on the screen. Immortalized all around us, on broadsheets and in photographs,...