Posted by: quiscus | April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011


“Your Local Military Industrial Complex

As in any other U.S. city, things are looking up for Charlottesville, Va., job seekers who don’t mind helping to kill tons of people for no good reason. This week’s “community job fair” features some prominent members of the Charlottesville community whom we don’t usually think of as such.

When I travel the country, people often inform me that their town is a military-industrial town as if that were unusual. I always ask them if they can name a U.S. town that isn’t — in part because nobody has yet been able to, and in part because if someone ever does I might want to move there.

Once you weed through the predictable dead-end poverty-wage, fast-food, and box-store jobs at the job fair, much of what’s left is jobs that help kill people. Whether you support or oppose what the U.S. military is doing in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, and 75 or so other countries, you’re probably not aware that the machinery behind it dominates the local economy here, just as in the rest of the United States. The “community” at the job fair is the community of death.

This jobs fair is no rarity. Check out the endless list of military jobs in Charlottesville on the Washington Post website. Then, just for laughs, search for a nonviolent career, and compare the results.

This explains the apparent impossibility of getting Congressman Goode/Perriello/Hurt to oppose any wars. Aside from “campaign contributions,” they are influenced by the absurd notion that backing wars creates local jobs.

It does create jobs. It’s our biggest industry. It’s a government jobs program on a massive scale that we don’t label “socialism” solely because it has the saving virtue of killing millions of human beings. But the fact is that spending the same public dollars on almost anything other than the military would produce more jobs and better paying jobs, and without all the horrible side-effects. ”


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