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"Bread Not Bombs" is an anti-war sentiment that highlights the American government’s use of funds for war as opposed to food for its citizens. With the election of Ronald Reagan in 1981 and the continuation of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the United States saw an increase of military spending, including an emphasis on updating the nuclear arsenal. Reagan's increase in the defense budget reflects his initiative to achieve "peace through strength." "Bread Not Bombs" brought attention to those who would benefit from government funding if focus was shifted to ending poverty and hunger instead of outproducing the Soviet Union in weaponry.
Council on Foreign Relations. (2017). U.S.-Russia Nuclear Arms Control. Council on Foreign Relations. https://www.cfr.org/timeline/us-russia-nuclear-arms-control
Ronald Reagan. (n.d.). The White House. https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/ronald-reag…