Aided by Mint Press CEO Mnar Adley’s brilliant journalism and the voices of other luminary thinkers, we are calling out the military-industrial complex for enabling forever wars in the name of profit, just as Eisenhower warned about in 1961. Defense contractors routinely lobby governments for more and longer wars on behalf of companies like Lockheed Martin and RTX in order to sell more weapons and generate greater profits, even when it means abetting genocide and other horrific atrocities.
“Perpetual war, endless war, or a forever war, is a lasting state of war with no clear conditions that would lead to its conclusion.
Forever wars can occur in order to keep money flowing into institutions, such as the military-industrial-congressional complex (MICC). Thus, forever wars can serve as domestic political engines, as policy makers promote policies of continuing and expanding wars.”
With a fond nod to Black Sabbath‘s War Pigs, production reminiscent of Portishead and a hint of Serge Gainsbourg in the songwriting, the music of Forever War embodies and inhabits its subject matter with the haunting intensity of ancestral memory from a descendant of Holocaust survivors: songwriter Seth Mowshowitz.
Mnar Adley’s narrative takes centre stage in the verses with additional passages from Alice Walker and Lorraine Hansberry, but the Forever War hook is voiced by an expanse of figures including Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Douglas Adams, bell hooks, Mike Ruppert and more. The effect is like a council of elders reaching a solemn conclusion. Angela Davis even makes a cameo doubling the phrase ‘military-industrial complex.’ All of these people have had something crucial to say on the subject of war.
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”
— Smedley D. Butler (retired US Marine Corps Major General), 1935