- If there’s one central lesson to take from 2020, it’s that the country with the most well-funded “security state” in the world is also happens to be one of the least secure places on Earth.
- The United States leads the world in overall Covid-19 deaths, and is fourth in deaths per 100,000 people. Our top-of-the-line trillion-dollar “national security” apparatus was not only helpless in the face of an actual danger, but repeatedly made that danger far worse by foreclosing on a more humane social response and unleashing violence on the very people hardest hit.
- The concept of “security” is an organizing principle behind how the U.S. government allocates public resources. According to the National Priorities Project, in 2019, the military budget accounted for 53% of the entire federal discretionary budget.
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