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Altruism and Sadism in Public Policy

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  • There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.
  • Related: From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.”

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Remarks at Peace Resource Center of San Diego, June 23, 2018.

David Swanson, davidswanson.org
 

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June 24, 2018 | There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

The U.S. military budget, including all things military in various departments, is roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending, meaning the spending that Congress members decide on each year. It is also, by my very rough estimate, the topic of well under 1% of the discussions of government spending engaged in by candidates for Congress. Most Democrats running for Congress this year have websites that don’t even acknowledge the existence of foreign policy, beyond expressing their passionate love for veterans. They’re campaigning for 40% of a job.

David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

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Series | Make America Kind Again. Sarah Thebarge, Patheos

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Maybe America needs to become kind for the very first time.

Related:

  • From the Archives | “No civilization would tolerate what America has done.” David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon
  • (We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture.
  • Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society.
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