Robert Hinds

Dude, Where’s My Peace Dividend?

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“In the 1970s and 1980s, Americans were conditioned with the idea that the extraordinary growth in military expenditure for the U.S. to “win the arms race” with the USSR would somehow lead to a “peace dividend.” That’s what the elected officials of the United States and its NATO allies called it. Eventually the Soviet Union did collapse under the weight of its own economic dysfunction and hyper-militaristic bureaucracy. When the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, compelled by massive nonviolent noncooperation with the dictatorial regime, it seemed that the leaders of the world might finally declare the peace dividend we had all been expecting. Mankind as a whole seemed to have hope that the specter of nuclear war had vanished and that a constitutional democracy could operate as a benevolent superpower.”

Author: Robert T. Hinds
Published in: Herald Independent, Battle Creek Enquirer, NJ True Jersey, Truth Out, Las Vegas Informer, Counter Punch, Altus Times, The Sierra County Prospect, Sky Valley
Date: January 8,10,11,12,14,19,2015

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