48 - An Arsenal, But Not of Democracy


48 - An Arsenal, But Not of Democracy


President Biden has referred to the US as an “arsenal of democracy,” symbolized by military aid to Ukraine. The US indeed is far and away the world leader in military spending and arms exports. It also leads, not coincidentally, in domestic arms sales and gun violence. Thus, the US is an arsenal, but not of democracy. This episode cites figures from the global arms business and its politics in the US to suggest just how out of control both are.