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Welcome to the BAAT blogsite – a website for people in the Bristol area who are opposed to militarism and the arms trade.
BAAT is a non-hierarchical group of activists who share a belief in the necessity of direct action to oppose militarism and the arms industry.
BAAT aims: to challenge the military/ industrial complex in all its forms( see notes on this) and provide:
* A variety of media/mediums to educate and inform ourselves and others about militarism.
*campaign to raise awareness of the arms industry in Bristol
* solidarity and mutual aid
* training and workshops in direct action, trauma support, media, etc
* a forum for discussion and analysis
BAAT has the following principles:
* Organise using the principles of autonomy and non-heirarchy
* We embrace a diversity of tactics
* We have a respect for life
So why be against militarism?
Armed conflict becomes the only method of conflict resolution.
We are all brutalised by the glorification of war, violence and guns.
Wars cause much of the migration and refugee problems worldwide.
Military weapons manufacture consumes vast financial and material resources which could be used elsewhere in society.
The military cause great environmental damage and are a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.
Large military corporations use corrupt practices and answer only to profit. Arms manufacturers have a vested interest in wars and promote ‘Hawkish’ attitudes in the corridors of power. Weapons are sold to governments who are known to abuse human rights.
Militarism opposes equality between the sexes because it relies on the degradation of women and the denial of female characteristics. A gross example of this is the use of rape as a weapon.
States with ruling elites attempt to control all space within society. This is impossible and the state lashes out with military control and repression. Social weaving creates threads between people and counters the fears of state repression. Social weaving is basically the recreation of community ties and relationships.
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