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Poverty, Violence, and Spiritual Wildfires

Poverty, Violence, and Spiritual Wildfires

Robert C. Koehler

“They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.”

The news this past weekend emerging from my fair city, Chicago, felt like news about wildfires sweeping across California: the sudden, hellish karma of climate change, that is to say, the gradual collapse of life-sustaining conditions on Planet Earth thanks to centuries of cluelessly exploitative human activity.


the more poverty, the more crime. why hasn’t the republicans received this message? would it change if the military would take more of the kids from the inner cities or what?

Richard Wilkinson lays out the effects of relative poverty in detail (https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson). His The Spirit Level goes into the sources thoroughly.

The US government is not against violence. It is the major purveyor–mostly abroad, but also at home, providing arms and free entry to select smugglers and killing and jailing opposition in return for unwarranted influence to corrupt other countries (Douglas Valentine, among others, CIA as Organized Crime).

If there were profit to be made in ending poverty …

But, of course, that’s what makes it possible

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ooh! think about what you’re asking here! pulling young people out of cities or anywhere else for that matter, giving them weapons and training them to kill people they’ve never even met can only increase violence.

how about we give peace a chance?

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anyway, jackye, those who profit from war are the worst criminals of all!

“At the same time, the U.S. military polls as citizens’ most trusted institution, above organized religion, the media, public schools, the courts, and far above Congress.”
we hear so much on t.v. about "thanking the military for our freedom" that too many americans feel it's their civic duty to put all those in uniform on a hero's pedestal. i find these survey results pretty disturbing. the military does not now, nor ever has "protected our freedom."

although citizen surveys tend use wording meant to trap the respondent into “proving” what the creators wish to show. surely, more americans if asked directly would prefer peace over war. so maybe the survey drew that 35 to 40% most fearful citizens.

still too many.

100% Correct. When you wage war on words (Drugs, Terrorism) the intent is perpetual war.

The intent is perpetual wars for perpetual war profits.

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Wrong, Robert! The offensive war contractors always win!

To call it a budget is an egregious,euphemism because how much of that budget are really war profits. The narrative I would use is: THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED A 2019 OFFENSIVE WAR PROFIT, BUDGET OF $717 BILLION.WHICH THE SO CALLED DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WILL MAKE HUGE AND EGREGIOUS PROFITS.