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Small Towns Don't Need Military Helicopters

A little-known federal program dumps military equipment on local police forces. We need to end it.


Need Money for a Green New Deal? Get it from ICE.

With the money we spend on ICE and CBP, we could solar power nearly 35 million homes.


The ‘Camo Economy’ Hides Military Costs and Exacerbates Inequality

Pentagon contractors like Lockheed Martin exploit their political connections to maintain a system that generates huge corporate profits and executive pay at taxpayer expense.


Defund the Police, Invest in Communities

Local governments have a revenue problem, while America has a policing problem. There’s a simple solution.


Police Violence Is Enabled by Massive Spending

The Black Lives Matter protest movement shows again why America needs to defund bloated and militarized police departments.


Even Now, Our Leaders Are Still Putting Their Faith in the Rich

It has become crystal clear during this pandemic that working people fuel this economy, but they’re the ones bearing the cost.


In a Pandemic, Military Spending is an Extravagant Waste

In the very near future, countries are going to have to choose whether they make guns or vaccines.


Threat of War Inflates Stock Holdings of Military Contractor CEOs

As long as we allow the top executives of our privatized war economy to reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran — or anywhere — will persist.


Trump’s Endless Wars

Trump’s not bringing the troops home. He’s been haphazardly deploying more troops, drones, and dollars abroad, while waging a shadow foreign policy for his own benefit.


“Is the U.S. at War Right Now?" and Other Questions

by Maryanne Magnier Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Editor's note: At a time when the United States is in the midst of its longest war ever, with no end in sight; when the president routinely and offhandedly spouts threats of war; when the military budget is higher than at any...