A war economy is part and parcel of a paradigm, cosmology, worldview... whatever you want to call it. They all basically mean "story". It's a story that we the people provide the legitimacy for. And there is a rational, viable alternative story that we can write and start building a foundation for. Known as relocalization, I won't go into its details here, just become aware that it exists and can be shown to improve quality of life.
Were we to have a society whose priority was progress and prosperity congruent with the health and well-being of its citizens, whose basic needs were being met and who had adequate time-off and support to actually be human, violence would be vastly reduced in a culture that no longer depended on it as a measure of its well-being.
If there is a real desire to deal with the issue of increasing violence, we have no choice but to address its underlying cause. Slapping band-aids on symptoms--on the wounds of empire--isn't enough. Instead of constantly putting out single-issue fires, it's time to deal with the common arsonist.
1 | 2