2020 Has Laid Bare The Myth Of American “Security”

  • 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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