ARMS AND THE MAN
The fact that the British economy is partially bolstered by the arms industry is more than worrying - it is close to horrific. There is no reason why a government should encourage the manufacture and sales of munitions to other countries - many of them at war or in conflict or likely to be. It is clear that the capitalist system profits from the making and selling of weapons; and, as the climate grows ever-warmer in the next fifty years, the conflicts over scarcer resources will only make the profits grow. The counter-argument is that if "we" don't sell the weapons then the Russians or the Americans will. This argument could extend to the sale of opium, or slaves - both evil trades that eventually the British ceased trading in. One day, the sale of weapons will be seen as an unambiguous evil. Why has that time not yet come?