To Achieve Peace, It Must Not Become An Economic Matter

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“I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and build a better life for their children…”

~J.F.Kennedy

Frequently we ask ourselves if peace is possible. Many people are disappointed thinking that it is just a delusion, an unattainable utopia. Even those who support and adhere to the peace movement, still appear to struggle to mobilize for it. There are powerful interests behind the scenes working towards total domination, power and control. Since it has always been this way, it will continue to be this way forever, without the possibility for change or improvement, they add. This is our problem when we try to invite people to work in our nonviolent activities aimed at ending of wars and disarming nations. Powerful industries know this as well as governments. Other groups of people believe that social justice and equitable distribution of resources are not possible through nonviolent ways. To change the culture of the world we need to build a critical mass of people who work towards building peace through nonviolent ways. The question is how do we make it a reality?

The current production system based on the free market and entrepreneurship has lead to a great wealth disparity in present society, since not all the people have the same skills to produce goods and wealth. Entrepreneurs are usually ambitious people who want to create new ways of efficiently utilizing natural and human resources to innovate societal life. A natural consequence of creating value is the accumulation of large amounts of wealth, which is driven by capitalism and economic phenomena. This capital generates new companies who also produce goods and services, which all the people need to survive, thus people have to consume them. However, not all these goods are necessary, since many of them are created artificially, which motivates a consumer culture for extravagant and superfluous lifestyles.

Great differences between both, capital owners (minority) and the workers (majority) are produced, even more respect to the unemployed and indigents. Entrepreneurs fear the prospect of losing their wealth, thus it becomes necessary to defend it with a police force that ensure the protection of the companies as well as the capitalist system. As entrepreneurs are ambitious people, frequently they aim to conquer markets abroad as an important way to put the goods they produce in diverse markets to grow their income further. This subsequently can cause the retention of more natural resources to produce more goods and services. Therefore, it is essential to have a strong military force to protect these interests seen as the interests of the nation itself.

This conflict and disunity provides a great opportunity to the weapons industry to sell their products on the international stage. They organize fairs to show the benefits of their products, but to convince their likely customers, they need powerful reasons, like the security of their borders and wealth, the international tension, terrorism, threats and many more.

Arms producers paint a picture to likely customers of a future that is afflicted by wars, terrorism and dwindling natural resources, creating a need for an agile, highly trained  and modern army. Arms companies justify their products and services by creating a need for war; this perpetuates the current tension surrounding world affairs. This need is fostered by convincing those customers that in fact the world is unsafe and full of threats, which creates higher demand for this industry.

The logic behind economics is constant growth in all industries, and the weapons industry is no exception. Through this insatiable need, the arms industry promotes these articles by lobbying governments, inciting defense and foreign relations policies and trying to configure an unsafe international scenario that subsequently stimulate weapons sales. The Stockholm International Peace Research (SIPRI) confirms that this strategy keeps sales high without any conceivable future decline. Therefore, ending wars and achieving peace becomes an economic matter. The incomes of arms producing nations for this concept is incredibly high for this reason and to imagine a relinquishing of this wealth and power seems a distant reality, just as Trump has mentioned.

The industrial military complex has the frying pan by the handle, and it does not want to let go. With this evil deal it has more power than governments and can dictate defense policies. All of the reasons such as permanent tension, an insecure world, threats and enemies present on all sides are more invented than factual which causes a delirious paranoia and a subsequent need for a formidable army, a national security system, alliances and defense regional treaties to assist in defeating this designed menace. Peace under these conditions becomes buried. We must not allow a individualistic mentality to make decisions regarding defense and foreign policy because it will effect our security and happiness. We must urgently foster a new perspective as our greed is killing the planet and will eventually consume us as well.

Peace must not become an economic matter. To allow the economies of the arms producers nations to depend on arms sales for their growth does not serve the whole earth but a select few. The armies in general demand a lot of economic resources, that could be spent in areas such as health, education and well being of the population of the entire world. It is important to convert the arms industry, dedicated to death, to other kinds of industry dedicated to life, such as the food industry, health and medicine or even renewable energies. It may be less profitable, but the future of humanity is at stake.

If the arms industry ends their deadly production of weapons and the mutual distrust between nations transforms into mutual confidence wars naturally will cease.

In that state of tranquility armies are an unnecessary expense. They would have already completed their service and would deserve retirement. Armies could then convert their forces into other more philanthropic areas. The armies of the future could be dedicated to work on natural disasters, which are becoming more frequent as climate change progresses. Building security homes and working to empower community life are other possible functions. Functions built upon a foundation of love and a spirit of camaraderie, trust and cooperation.

The disintegration of the global arms industry is an important first step towards peace. The banks and industry in general are starting to realize the benefits of this cooperative reality and in so doing recognizing beneficial industries that should be supported and reducing funding to the destructive industries we have discussed.

The time has arrived to change the way we settle relations between nations, leaving behind odiousness, revenges, threats, improving confidences through cultural, educational exchange, common entrepreneurship, mutual knowledge, their history, customs and culture. So that from a cooperative standpoint, we can together try to resolve the great challenges we face such as climate change, water scarcity, poverty and hunger. For the good of the entire human race, it is now or never.

  • irategrandmother

    The headline doesn’t seem to fit the article. I agree with what the article says, but interpret the headline to mean the exact opposite.

  • mwildfire

    I appreciate that this piece does not go along with the pretense that wars are fought over “differences” between nations, that could be resolved by negotiation or compromise–no, those differences are generated as an excuse to go to war for other reasons, mostly the economic ones mentioned here but also 2) getting the young males of the poorer classes off the streets, often out of the country, as these are the people most likely to join a revolt 3)thus hiding the real unemployment numbers and 4) make an object lesson of what happens to countries whose leaders defy Washington. But it left out a key element–the “mainstream” (corporate) media, which invariably go along with whatever stream of transparent lies are issuing from presidents and the Pentagon to justify the next war.
    Another important lacuna is the mention of economic growth, without an acknowledgment that this MUST stop, that the whole list of problems resulting from the emphasis on military spending, ably rendered in another post today, will hardly matter if we don’t transform our economy into something sustainable–which would require gargantuan, revolutionary change. Even the complete cessation of the global war machine would not save us–but it could release the economic and labor resources we need.

  • Schoolteacher

    I am sharing this brilliant and thankfully brief philosophical article with many friends. Kudos to Juan Gomez for tying this all together in one simple, accessible article!!! A New Year’s gift to the world!!!

  • Steven Berge

    I don’t think it’s so much of an individual country against country thing anymore. The new world order is being implemented by most of the industrialized world. The few brave countries, those that follow genuine conscience, are under great pressure to fall in line. The u.s. is obviously the main NWO enforcer on the world, with a military that spends at least 7 times as much as the next largest. Can you imagine any country going to war against us? It gives new meaning to the phrase “over kill”. Over kill is what will happen if the can of worms that is nuclear war is opened.
    Police in NWO countries are more militarized than the militaries from just a hundred years ago. They are not just protecting themselves against other countries! The put down of Occupy was rather high on their agenda I suppose. I’m encouraged by the Yellow Vest movement, getting one for myself. Awareness of the basic problem, big money control of politics, is growing. Let’s keep in mind a great statement from a labor leader (Eugene Debs) from the first guided age. “We have more power with our hands in our pockets than they do with all their money.” We can also boycott bad acting corporations and stop voting for establishment candidates.