Within our society there are four powerful bodies with an interest in increased militarisation:
- the bureaucracy always seeks greater power for itself, as any bureaucracy always does;
- the military seeks new tactical weapons and greater destructive power from those it has;
- academia wants sources of funding and bids for money from government and the arms industry in exchange for more developing more powerful and new types of weaponry;
- arms industry corporations want to increase profits and look for more powerful and novel destructive weapons to sell and new markets to sell them to.
The bureaucracy supports the military’s expansion, funds academic military research and provides trade to the arms industry.
The military funds academic military research and encourages the arms industry to develop more powerful weapons and new types of weapon and pressures the bureaucracy to allow greater novelty in weaponry. It campaigns for greater acceptance of militarisation within society, especially children.
Academia develops more destructive weapons, greater killing efficiency from weapons and devises new ways to be destructive benefiting the military’s aims for faster and greater destruction and opportunities for the arms industry to make profits.
The arms industry campaigns for less controls on weapon use, funds research into novel types of weaponry, promotes the threat and use of violent conflict as a diplomatic approach by the bureaucracy.
Between them they have the power, desire, intellect and money to promote war-making.
It’s amazing the peace sector makes any progress against them at all.