Is there really anything in this world more crazy than spending US$1.2 trillion per year on weapons to point at or kill each other with? If there is no other reason to try to set up a Real Global Democracy except to stop this madness, it will be worth it! In a true democracy, and I mean true, with an open and free media, why would we need any weapons? You will never get a majority vote anywhere to attack and go to war, so there is no need to have an army to defend.
The USA’s pro-gun lobby say that they should all have weapons in case the government turn the army on them. Why do the USA’s army need weapons either? This might sound crazy to many people, but did you ever stop to think that this world existed for millions of years before the invention of any gun, not to mention nuclear weapons, drones, aircraft carriers or fighter jets?
Think of the alternative uses this amount of money could be spent on. I read somewhere that the equivalent of global arms spending would provide each and every child on this planet with basic food, education and health care. Imagine if you were standing on the top of a hill observing the 1,000 inhabitants of a small village, and they traded a large part of their food production for arms. Out of the 1,000 habitants you can see that there are 300 starving to death slowly in one corner of the village, which could be completely reversed instantly if the arms were traded back for food.
Now, take yourself away from the top of the hill and place yourself on the moon looking down on Earth and the human race. Same scenario, just on a much bigger scale.
There are those who will say this will never happen and it can’t happen, and they are right… but only for as long as they believe it. But if you asked enough of people whether they would be in favour of transferring global arms spending to facilitating giving every child on the planet a decent opportunity to grow up with an education, food and proper health care, the answer would most probably be “yes”.
So if, and only if, we accept the above prediction and we agree that it would be a much better use of funds, what is in the way of getting from where we are to where we want to be?
Simple: too much power in the hands of too few.
Let the people speak.