The Man Who Saved the World is a powerful documentary film about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces and his role in preventing the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident from leading to nuclear holocaust. On January 16, we discussed the film in the lead-up to January 22, 2021 the historic day when nuclear weapons become illegal when the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons comes into force.
In this World BEYOND War webinar, Yale Magrass and Charles Derber, authors of the new book “Glorious Causes”, consider how elites galvanize people for war and bring them to adopt political-economic identities which contradict their rational self-interest.
Just a few weeks ago, super hawk Michèle Flournoy was being touted as a virtual shoo-in to become Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. But some progressives insisted on organizing to raise key questions: Should we accept the revolving door that keeps spinning between the Pentagon and the weapons industry?
In the rural county of Devon in the UK lies the historic port of Plymouth, home to Britain’s Trident nuclear weapon system. Managing that facility is Babcock International Group PLC, an arms manufacturer listed on the FTSE 250 with a turnover in 2020 of £4.9bn. What is much less known, however, is that Babcock also runs the education services in Devon, and in many other areas across the UK.
Michele Flournoy represents the epitome of what is worst about the Washington blob, the military-industrial complex’s revolving door,” says CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin.