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Cut Military Spending? Scrap Trident?

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In 1998, the UN estimated that we would need $40 billion annually to sustain the entire WORLD population. This translates to roughly $58 billion today and would cover housing, food, clothing, health care, education, and a lot lot more. Any one of the countries listed in the picture above could provide that money if that where all it took.

You might be thinking that all that is needed is for a party to get in that will get into power that can reform the system and divert some of the money to meeting our needs, but capitalism cannot be reformed.

The closer a group gets to controlling power, or at least as groups get absorbed into the decision making structure, the divisions between rich and poor disappear from view and the status quo becomes less and less flawed. Preserving the current order (with the odd cosmetic difference here and there) becomes the goal.

As elections draw near there will be more and more calls to scrap trident, with the vulture political parties circling around our anger and horror about nuclear war and hoping to pick it apart for votes. No matter if we vote or not, or if the candidate agrees with us or not, the demand to scrap trident, by itself, is doomed to failure.

Many supporters of the SNP, the Greens, and the smaller socialist parties all think that the lip service for scrapping trident that their parties give now will translate into action if only we all get behind them and vote them into power, but lets look at what has already happened to see what will come down the line.

As the SNP have gotten closer to power they have had to change their posture so that they look appropriate for that power. This has manifested in their U-turn on leaving NATO, instead guaranteeing that an independent Scotland with them at the helm would remain a member.

The Trident missiles themselves (if not the warheads on them) are an american weapons system housed at Faslane under lease to the Royal Navy through a NATO treaty. It is impossible to scrap it without leaving NATO and the pissing off the US government.

The only reason the Greens and smaller parties can get away with still saying they would leave NATO is because they are not getting any closer to power at this time. They can remain a minority voice that will ultimately be ignored by whoever has power.

So let’s keep in mind that the cry to scrap trident is falling on deaf ears and by itself leads to a dead end of supporting political parties and electoral politics. Instead, as we shout out for trident to be scrapped, let’s also start shouting out for what we really need – a world without wars and a life where our well-being is met because we are alive – and let’s do it through building working class power with those who are around us.

After all, why back one party when we can build so that any of them would have to give us what we want least we take it for ourselves? And if we can take it for ourselves, well, that’s where real freedom lies!

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Support the Finnieston 4 TODAY @2PM!

Show Solidarity at Glasgow Sheriff Court at 2PM!

Show solidarity with four anti-militarism activists this Monday outside Glasgow Sheriff Court to denounce and protest the charges they are facing as a result of their action on Saturday June 28, Armed Forces Day.

The four audaciously occupied the Finnieston Crane and unfurled banners reading ‘Resist Militarism’ and ‘#WhiteFeather’ in dissent of the glorification of war and increasingly US style culture of militarism.

Come and support them in recognition of their heavy-handed treatment over the weekend being refused bail and to demand that their charges are dropped. Please bring placards and banners!

Support the Finnieston 4

Via the White Feather Club:

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Today is four members of the White Feather Club were arrested after undertaking a banner drop from Finnieston Crane to protest the glorification of war and militarisation that Armed Forces Day represents. You can show your support for the Finnieston 4 and resistance to militarism by emailing whitefeatherclubglasgow@gmail.com and adding you or your organisations name email to the following letter:

We the undersigned proudly add our names in support of the four female anti-war activists arrested after almost 12 hours atop Glasgow’s iconic Finnieston Crane.

These activists audaciously occupied the Finnieston Crane and unfurled banners reading ‘Resist Militarism’ and ‘#WhiteFeather’ in dissent of the the glorification of war and increasingly US style culture of militarism by events like today’s Armed Forces Day and reclaim the white feather, once used as a symbol of cowardice, to celebrate those who bravely refuse to participate in war.

Armed Forces Day, in it’s 6th year, will bring to Stirling today a display of chauvinistic militarism normally associated with the fascist regimes of the 1930’s, Soviet era Russia or the brutal dictatorship in North Korea. Flyovers by military aircraft, simulated combat missions, tanks and other military vehicles and marching bands amid a flurry of flag-waving. All billed as a family day out.

All this comes in the lead up to the UK government funded celebrations of the start of WW1 with Glasgow chosen as host city of. £55,000,000 will be spent during a time of austerity to attempt to derive nationalistic pride and glory from one of the most senseless human catastrophes in history. The ‘War to end Wars’ was a lie then and 100 years later a new generation is being told that lie to indoctrinate them with militarism and with a heartless irony, sell them a myth to ensure support for current and future wars.

It’s time to speak out and these brave activists have done so in the proud tradition of Glaswegians Mary Barbour, John MacLean and the many, many war resistors and conscientious objectors from Glasgow and far beyond.

They now lie in police station prison cells and we send them our love, support and solidarity and our warmest thanks for daring to dissent, to speak and act for us all without fear.

We demand their welfare and well being be looked after and call for their immediate release from police custody, without harassment and without charge.

Resistance Special: Against War

Resistance Special: Against War (pdf)

This bumper issue of Resistance is dedicated to resistance to wars and those who profit from them. A special focus is given to the way in which WW1 remembrance is being used as a celebration of militarism, and showing how the great war has never really ended.

If you would like a hard copy then do get in touch.

Suffragette City

Westendreport has an interesting look at the Glasgow Botanics Bomb, described as “a dastardly attempt […] to blow up the Kibble Palace in the Botanic Gardens by means of bombs” planted by members of the woman’s suffrage movement after enjoying some cake and champagne in the grounds!

This also touches on the split made by the Glasgow suffragettes away from those groups further south due to Glasgow’s woman taking a strong anti-war stance, something we should keep in mind this year as the strong resistance to WW1 is minimised or ignored.

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Remember the Mutineers

Here’s a black poppy for this Remembrance Day.

This goes out to those who who died in, and all those who resisted and continue to resist, the capitalists’ wars. To those who mutinied, went on strike, shirked, refused to kill. For all those they executed for deserting. No more “future soldiers” or sycophantic, slavish patriotism.

Let’s take the fight to the bosses! For disobedience and class war!

Some resources:
Mutinies 1917-1920 – Dave Lamb
How Non-violence Protects the State – Peter Gelderloos
Pacifism and Violence, a Study in Bourgeois Ethics – Christopher Cauldwell

Workers Pledge in Time of War

Workers Pledge in Time of War.
(from “At Grips With War” by Guy Aldred)
I refuse to kill any child’s father.
I refuse to slay any mother’s son.
I refuse to plunge the bayonet into the breast of any
                woman’s brother, lover, or mate.
I refuse to murder and deem the slaughter glory.
I refuse to butcher with the hands that were intended to
                serve and to caress.
I refuse to soak the earth with blood and blind my reason
                with obedience.
I refuse to assassinate another man and then hide my
                 stained fists in the folds of a bloodstained flag.
I refuse to be flattered, cajoled, or driven into hell’s
                nightmare by a class of well-fed snobs, crooks
                and cowards who despise my class socially, rob
                my class economically, and betray and oppress it
                politically. Let militarism do its worst, I refuse
                to serve, I decline to kill.
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