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(en) Spain, FAI: Spain, FAI: Consequences of militarism and war (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:20:55 +0300

Militarism and war lead to the systematic torture and murder of thousands of civilians, the flight of thousands of people, social uprooting, racism, repression and rejection by the population of the refugee receiving country. They mean the systematic destruction of the historical-artistic heritage and the destruction of natural environments, flora and fauna. It involves the death of hundreds of thousands of combatants from the warring sides, mostly children of workers and poor people with few resources, whose entry into the army allows them to flee misery and turns them into cannon fodder. ---- Militarism and war mean that the arms industry profits by arming warring sides. They assume that the companies, entrepreneurs and other managers on whom they depend earn billions of euros by supplying war material to warring states as well as to other states and military alliances. They imply that the lobbies of the arms industry spend money so that the political power legislates for their benefit.

Militarism and war imply prioritizing funding for research and development of technology applied to war and death, to the detriment of other types of scientific research that may be aimed at eradicating diseases, self-managing energy, understanding and protecting the planet's ecosystems, or social research for the material benefit of society as a whole, etc.

Militarism and war imply that States increase spending on weapons to the detriment of spending on social welfare, health and education. They are a frontal attack on his idea of the «welfare state», they lead to an increase in precariousness and the inability of the state to cover the needs of the people. They imply the privatization and gentrification of elementary services for the benefit of private health and education lobbies, and the consequent increase in social unrest. They suppose the curtailment of rights and freedoms, the exacerbation of authoritarianism by the coercive machinery of the State (army and police) and the exercise of fear and repression.

Militarism and war imply the rise in the price of basic products and energy and, therefore, the increase in the cost of living. They mean that we are the workers who are going to have to pay more for less, that economic power is going to squeeze us even more so that it does not affect them, and that inequality is going to increase and accentuate. They involve fueling the fear of the bottomless pit of social exclusion to keep us workers submissive and silent.

Militarism and war involve the systematic destruction of communities and societies, and their cultural and social wealth. They mean extending the globalizing hegemony of capitalism, stealing and commodifying the lands and natural resources of these communities, forcing them to remain uprooted, to be part of the gears of capitalism, both as cheap labor and as cannon fodder in wars and armed conflicts.

That is why we anarchists advocate the demilitarization and dissolution of armies. We believe in the practice of solidarity and mutual support with all those who are exploited and dispossessed, and in a horizontal society of free federation of producers and consumers based on associated and cooperative work. That is why we will denounce the barbarities caused by borders, States, economic and political powers, and the wars that benefit them so much.

Not NATO, not US or Russian imperialism
Against the industry of war and death
Against social peace, for solidarity and mutual support among all workers

Earth Group

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