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Shrinking the Military-Industrial Complex by Putting It to Work at Home

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If you needed further proof of Bernie Sanders’s argument that most Americans stand with him on the issues, consider the reaction to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. Despite attacks from the leadership in, or around, both parties, over 80 percent of voters support the litany of proposals advocated by the House resolution: job and income guarantees, universal health care, a cleaner environment, and lower socioeconomic inequality. Americans turn out, yet again, to be far less conservative than elites have maintained over the last half-century.

Nowhere has the gap between majority will and elite consensus been more conspicuous or longstanding than on US foreign policy.

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I would be willing to bet that 80% of voters are against the wars too. The problem is that war and exploitation of neocolonialism is so profitable that it is legalized corruption---legal because there is not way to enforce international law, as long as the US continues to be a rogue state. The deep state will do everything in its power to keep their racket going.

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Don't recall Cortez or Sanders saying anything substanitive about war and war preparation. Silence is bought (not always directly).


Much of corruption in US politics has been legalized

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I checked on Sanders a while back. His public stance is that he is against individual wars, but I do not know about all the smaller acts of war.


He has not taken a strong stance about the size of the US military budget, despite the fact that the larger the budget, the more acts of war USA commits, and the more enemies are recruited.

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Sanders track record (Vietnam excepted) shows a pronounced disdain for Republican wars and a "go along" with Democrat wars - he indicated support for Obama's drone wars.

He's not a warmonger to be sure, but none of these US imperial wars are legal.

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One of Sanders' more notorious public stances is for basing "F"-35 bombers near Burlington VT, risking local lives with the high crash rates of high performance military aircraft that have not had sufficient fleet flight hours to find most of the fatal design flaws, and threatening Quebec and other nearby parts of Canada. This fits in the category of mongering, because it does put federal dollars into the local economy.


I agree none of these imperial wars are legal.

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