Sunday, 15 September 2013

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?
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