Excellent essay, Lara! War profiteering allows trillions of dollars to be channeled into slaughtering human beings but, when it comes to mental health care (or anything else that helps people live safer, healthier lives) we simply can’t afford it. In fact, if we want minimal human services, then the working class must suffer austerity measures to get them. Why? Because you can’t make any money by helping people and capitalism cares only about the profits of the extremely wealthy, not the welfare of everyone else.
This article has been published on Huffington Post. See it here.
I’ve read multiple articles since the shootings last week, both in my hometown and the deadly assault on school children in Connecticut. I’ve read a sadly moving article on mental health, articles on angry young men, articles on angry white men, articles on angry men of every color, articles on why the second amendment allows us to bear arms, and articles on why it doesn’t. I’ve read articles lamenting the deaths of children overseas because of US military violence, crying out against the hypocrisy of the president’s tears for US children, while seemingly ignoring those of the countries we invade. It seems all I have done this entire weekend is read about this tragedy, its victims, its causes, and why these tragedies continue.
Nowhere in any of it have I seen anyone addressing the issue of profits…
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