Comments: New Tomdispatch

It would be worth putting up with some short-term financial trouble, to see both the military industrial complex and the prison industrial complex wither away . . .

Posted by Monkay at September 30, 2008 09:09 PM

I think that somebody out there has 11 trillion or so IOU slips that says we don't have the money.

Posted by tim at September 30, 2008 09:20 PM

The military has broad consent from the people. It's seen as a necessary evil. I'm not sure people think or know about quite how much it costs, sometimes dismissing the actual numbers as left-wing exaggeration.

I like this chart:

Posted by me at October 1, 2008 05:14 AM

Thanks for posting this, Jonathan. Chalmers Johnson is a national treasure and he has the presence of mind to recognize the elephant in the room: our feckless, overfed, counterproductive arms industry.

Nothing's completely worthless though. It can always serve as a bad example. Also, by lavishing more on our military and related enterprises than the rest of the world combined, we're succeeding in at least one area: ending the American empire.

However, we're killing way too many people and wrecking their societies in the process. Makes for hard feelings and many of the bereaved are on very good terms with our creditors. Since America's now the world's biggest deadbeat, we need to figure out a better way to suborn Congress to maintain aggregate demand.

Posted by Pvt. Keepout at October 1, 2008 09:44 AM

"There is no doubt that a society that supports its global position and social order through $1 trillion a year in military spending, most likely far exceeding that of all the other countries in the world put together, unleashing untold destruction on the world, while faced with intractable problems of inequality, economic stagnation, financial crisis, poverty, waste, and environmental decline at home, is a society that is ripe for change. It is our task to change it".

Quoted from article below--worth reading.

The U.S. Imperial Triangle and Military Spending

Posted by Rupa Shah at October 1, 2008 05:28 PM