Martin Luther King Jr. Anniversary: Reminds Us Of Costs Of War To Society and Financial System

– Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 50 years ago today

– An anti-war campaigner, protesting against the damage inflicted by military operations

– King was almost prophetic in his vision that wars would drive a bigger wedge between rich and poor

– Foresaw the damage that would come to US in terms of costs to society and the economy

– Fifty years on Western nations can learn from King’s words when it comes to considering costs of war

– War is financed by debt bringing significant financial burdens on investors, savers and future generations

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Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King. He not only fought for the rights of minorities but he spoke out against inequality and the damage done by war.

In the fifty years passed we have perhaps not had a year full of such political, emotional and economical upset as we have in the last twelve months or so.

In this time we have had a convergence of major political shifts, civil rights campaigns, saber-rattling between nuclear powers and the rise of populism. This is something that has arguably not been seen at this level for many years previous.

This convergence has lead to a world that seems fraught on many levels and on the precipice of change. What kind of change is up for debate by many sides. Sadly attempts at change can be followed by violence and war, from all parties. Whether it’s civil rights movements such as Black Lives Matter, gun control demonstrations or more global efforts such as Trump’s attempts to affect the Middle East in some way, North Korea’s desire to gain respect around the globe or Russia’s keenness to demonstrate its strength against the West – each may end in violence and military action.

Martin Luther King was known for many things – an equal rights campaigner, a economic campaigner and a peace campaigner. All qualities that are appreciated today as much as they were fifty years ago. He fought to highlight the dramatic costs to society and the economy when it came to war – whether civil or otherwise.

 

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King’s words resonate as strongly today as they did fifty years ago, less than a week before his death:

I want to say one other challenge that we face is simply that we must find an alternative to war and bloodshed. Anyone who feels, and there are still a lot of people who feel that way, that war can solve the social problems facing mankind is sleeping through a great revolution. President Kennedy said on one occasion, “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” The world must hear this. I pray to G