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Militarism: The delusion lives

The annual defense budget, passed recently by both the House (377-48) and Senate (82-8), came in at $738 billion for 2020, up from last year a sweet $22 billion.

War hits the motherlode every year.

"The money just isn't there" for virtually anything that matters -- you know, healthcare for all, free college tuition, clean water, eco-sustainable energy production -- but we've sold the national soul to the war god so long ago that the perfunctory, bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act comes and goes every year with, at most, a few marginal cries of outrage and a big shrug from

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