Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trump: American dominance in space

The Air Force opposes Trump's call for a separate 'space force' which last session in Congress passed in the House but stalled in the Senate. Trump does not have the authority to make it happen without congressional approval and appropriation thus at this point it is only a suggestion. I think though his proposal indicates that the aerospace industry has taken full control of his White House and we can be sure that Trump will use all his 'twitter powers' to push this hard in the coming months.

The problem though is the US is broke and our national fiscal crisis is steadily mounting. Some years ago one aerospace industry publication editorialized that they needed a 'dedicated funding source' to pay for all of their space plans and indicated that they had come up with it - the entitlement programs.

That means the industry is now working to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and what little is left of the welfare program. You want to help stop Star Wars and Trump's new space force? Fight for Social Security and social progress in America. Trump and the aerospace industry can't have it both ways - its going to be social progress or war in space.




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