An article which suggests that the antiwar left and right can pursue some common strategies.
Foreign Policy in Focus
Left and Right Against the Military Industrial Complex
Jon Basil Utley | March 31, 2009
In practice, many on the left look at peace as "their" issue and don't promote or link to antiwar conservatives. Remember, however, the number of wars Democrats started and supported. And many conservatives and Republicans, at least the libertarian ones, opposed the Iraq War from the beginning, including Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, Jude Wanniski, Murray Rothbard, Arnaud de Borchgrave, Lew Rockwell, Paul Craig Roberts, and the Cato Institute. Paul Weyrich expressed opposition to the war. Lew Rockwell once even made a list of those opposed to starting wars. Because the neoconservatives captured the deep-pocketed right-wing foundations — Heritage, Bradley, Scaife, and Olin — many antiwar conservatives feared openly questioning the war. Until the advent of The American Conservative magazine in late 2002, antiwar conservatives could scarcely even get published.
Today the pro-war religious right is far weaker than before, because many old-time leaders — Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Dobson — have died or retired. Younger evangelicals now focus on social, personal, and environmental issues. Rick Warren, for instance, doesn't talk about starting wars.
With the pro-war right on the decline, the anti-war left and right converging in their critiques, and the global economic crisis providing a cost-cutting rationale, there has never been a better time to take on the military-industrial complex. Here are 10 ways to begin.