I talked about connections to systems and linking how things work together.

Someone in my DMs asked me if I would want to support a pro war/big military budget candidate if they were good on other issues like criminal justice reform, police brutality

I had to say no #Thread
Sorry had to parent for a min. 😅


So connections and links. Aside from my general anti war stance, there’s too many connections between wars/military spending and other oppressive systems

Let’s start with UNICOR/FPI (federal prison Industries).
They are a government corporation, part of the DOJ. They also get prime military contracts. One of the things they do is provide things like missile parts, body armor, helmets, and furniture for the military.

Billions of dollars worth every year. Here’s the thing tho-
They get these items via labor if priosn inmates. They provide thousands of items made by thousands of inmates and pay workers only about $1 per hour.

They are going to keep doing this because they get to bypass
The bidding process to get contracts

Now if a government business makes money by providing military equipment made an minimum cost by inmate labor...

Why would a staunch pro war/pro military budget candidate be seriously invested in prison/criminal justice reform?

It’s just seems Unlikely

In addition, the military also has contracts with local police to send used equipment to them. It’s called the 1033 program. So far almost 6 Billion dollars worth of stuff has been moved over from military to local police.

So again-

If a candidate is a war hawk, how serious are they about addressing police brutality? Police reform? Are they going to support civilian movements that address police brutality? They have zero incentive Bc police brutality enabled by military gear is part is being pro war
These are the things I think about when I talk about making linking various problems.

If UNICOR needs bodies to work, real prison reform ain’t happening. If the military is selling equipment to cops, police brutality isn’t decreasing.

So if someone is pro war?
Supporting the wars/military budget means supporting prison labor and police brutality. And ofc economic inequalities that lead recruiters to find desperate young ppl who can’t afford college.

Bc the military industrial complex needs those things to survive.
Idk maybe I think too much. But it seems logical if one supports war hawk policies, they must also be willing to support everything else that sustains the industry, too

So just keep these type of links and connections in mind. Things are more intertwined than most ppl think.
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