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March on Washington to Close The Pentagon — Now!

Empty it out — convert it to housing — house the poor, the displaced, and the elderly.

By Touch Of Light — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72600649

It’s time for citizens to take control of their own government. Surely in a country of 333 million people you could find 5 or 10 million (or more) willing to march on Washington (technically Arlington), and close this massive war machine in order to convert it to housing.

BUT WAIT! You think this proposal is insane and radical?

Isn’t it kind of insane that there is serious talk about the social, financial, and political collapse of America? Insane that there is serious talk about the Sixth Global Extinction? And then there’s the Climate Catastrophe, happening right now, making California and other regions of the country uninhabitable. That’s insane.

At this point the government is doing pretty much nothing at all to remediate any of these problems.

What about the Pentagon specifically? Well, the budget for waging war in the U.S. is enough money to vaccinate the whole world against covid *AND* to convert our energy sources to solar and other renewables instead using petroleum. The defense budget is so large that it could even be used to wage war on capitalism and consumerism. Because both of those are going to end anyway— either the ugly way or in a more deliberate way.

What war exactly is it that we need to fight? Who do we need to kill and dominate?

Those days are past, or need to be. We could then spare the cash to empower the UN to seriously enforce *PEACE* so that we could wage war on the things that really threaten us, like loss of habitat, global warming, and overpopulation.
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That’s all I have to say. It’s the best I can do in the way of constructive criticism of a declining United States. It appears that your days are numbered unless you can make profound changes pretty much right away.

As for me, I bailed and live in Panama — though my citizenship is still USA. I’ve gotten too old and infirm to do anything more than make suggestions like I’ve made in this article.

Good luck, take care, and for sure, take action!
… Fred Ermlich

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Fred Ermlich

Fred Ermlich

Living in rural Panamá — non-extractive, non-capitalistic. Expat USA. Scientist, writer, researcher, teacher. STEM mentor +languages. Gargoylplex@protonmail.com

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