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Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, condemning the “giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism.” One year to the day after that speech, he was assassinated.

Fifty years later, we still face the same demons. National Priorities Project has released its first analysis of the U.S. “militarized” budget, showing how use of force abroad and at home limits our capacity to realize human potential.

The United States is the single biggest military spender in the world. But there is an analog here at home: spending on policing, incarceration, immigration enforcement, and the war on drugs.

In 2016, the militarized budget was $741 billion, amounting to 64 percent of discretionary spending. Our report shows how U.S. spending on federal prisons and immigration enforcement has skyrocketed in recent decades, all while the military machine churns along.

To find out more, check out our report.
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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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