Bastian Brandt

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less than 1% paid for the worlds weapons would be enough to put every child to school, still it doesn't happen. How can we change this?

Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t happen.

How can we change this?

  • Feb 10 2012: Spendings go the way of interests. If interests change to putting children in schools, etc, automatically spendings follow. If humans become selfless and each one of us love others the way we love ourselves, then we are ready.
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    Feb 6 2012: I couldn't agree more! We have such a huge Military Industry, Toy Industry, Restaurant Industry, Mortgage Industry, Sales, Media, Auto...etc...but what about schools, safe homes, and food?
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    Feb 6 2012: how much your government spends on military? if much, you know what to do on the next elections.

    if not, then it seems you want other people to pay less for military and give more to charity. you need to change your mindset then. you are not in position to tell other people how to spend their money. you need to look around at home, and see what you can spare and send over to the developing regions. or you personally, what can you give? you see, it is an easy position to find something seemingly unnecessary but expensive activity of someone else, and blame problems on it. but there are many problems with the world, and i'm quite sure you have a lot to do too. what about the european protectionism? wouldn't free trade in the field of agriculture greatly help developing regions? wouldn't getting rid of tariffs and trade regulations help them?

    finally, you can try to convince people in the US for example to vote on candidates that plan to lower military expenditures. spread the word! explain to lame americans that their actions count, they are responsible for this massive waste of resources and for the damage the military machine does. i doubt we can convince them, but we need to try.
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        Feb 6 2012: "In the Equal Money System leadership takes on the form of response-ability with integrity of upholding equality for all living beings which will be measured as what is practically best for all. "

        i certainly hope not. i imagine the Supreme Planning Board sends me a note that according to my current neural state, body chemistry and the state of the economy, it is the time for me to eat 135 grams of chocolate icecream.
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      Feb 6 2012: 'you see, it is an easy position to find something seemingly unnecessary but expensive activity of someone else, and blame problems on it.'

      So true, its just the case, that some have a higher radius of influence than I have for example, that's why I like your following statement:

      'i doubt we can convince them, but we need to try.'

      And as an individual you can live in a way that is best for all and only supports the things in life that are best for all.
  • Feb 6 2012: The world teachs a way to kill others. And it makes our children to love others though education. it's really wired. I think adults are more childish.
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      Feb 6 2012: thanks sanghun, so you are saying education would be the key for more trust in the world instead of fearing and arming to protect us from our neighbor we don't know and fear?
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    Feb 5 2012: I don't know anyone who would agree with the amount that is spent on weapons rather than on education or feeding the starving...and supposedly, as many of us believe, we live in democracies. If there were a referendum tomorrow in every country in the world, I believe they would all vote in favour of education. So why doesn't this happen? Well, obviously because we don't really live in democracies and we don't decide what our country's policies are going to be. How can we change this? A bit difficult, as they're the ones with all the guns.
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      Feb 6 2012: Thank you. In Germany, Angela Merkel accepted, that Germany sends 200 tanks to Saudi Arabia, which the Opposition in the German Bundestag strongly criticized and the Germans could vote for them for example. That would mean, that the democracy at least in Germany works to a certain extend.
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    Feb 8 2012: If you take weapons away from the military it undermines their ability to function. when it comes to international diplomacy, having a strong military is an essential tool for negotiating, be it for peace treaties or trade.

    It is not essential to have a military in most of these negotiations, however simply having it as a tool in a politicians arsenal is enough to make a war lord bend to the will of an opposing faction and also ensures that agreements are met and insured. nothing like a bullet to the head or the threat of a bullet to the head to make people do what you want them to do.

    unless you can find a way of ensuring that no one has the "I've got a bigger gun/more guns than you" argument does not get into play, then you have a solution to the problem... however I suspect that even if such a solution was envisaged, it would just be another political tool in the back pocket with the military solutions.

    to get education to everyone, its a case of ensuring that the economies of the world have equal investment in humanity and getting them to invest in programs, that put all politicians in the same boat that would provide a court on which to discuss free world education. however I believe that at this era of our lives, education requires vast improvement in order to reach a level that would make it universal and desirable to all cultures and peoples.