Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice by Douglas Roche

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Though private investment has enabled growth to take place in the strongest of the developing nations, private investment seeks an immediate return. There is no immediate return on investing in the health, education, and social underpinning of a people. It takes years for such investment to be rewarded in the greater health and education of a people. That is why Official Development Assistance is needed. Yet ODA is dominated by the economic interests of the donor country, seeking jobs at home to make the goods shipped abroad in the name of aid.

The same $1 billion would create 30,000 mass transit jobs, 36,000 housing jobs, 41,000 education jobs, or 47,000 health care jobs. With the end of the Cold War East-West arms race, major opportunities for conversion of military production to 40 Bread Not Bombs civilian programs exist. However, these opportunities are resisted by the military-industrial complex. N. wants to do more to advance proposals for large-scale conversion, but is held back by major States where large sections of the population are dependent on military production.

Finally, sustainable disarmament needs to be elaborated in government legislation, regulations, and policies that advance the disarmament objective. Some progress in relating sustainable development to sustainable disarmament is being made. : World Priorities, 1996). prerequisites to sustainable development. They called for national legislation to control the possession and transfer of small arms and light weapons; halt the abduction and involvement of children in armed forces; and promote post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation in a stable and secure environment.

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