Common Dreams - My generation once shouted down the establishment, protested the war, rejected material possessions. Then the draft ended and we lost our idealism. Now we run the wars. Our arrogant old generals refuse to admit that we don't need the bloated monstrosity that sucks nearly a trillion dollars a year out of the economy. Martin Luther King said it over 40 years ago, when he condemned the spending of billions on war instead of on education and society. And now we run Wall Street. The Gordon Gekkos of my generation insisted for years that the economy would grow if the rich were taxed less, for they would spend their money on new business, research, and jobs. Read more .