Swords Into Plowshares
Converting weapons of war into peaceful use


(permanent link) added: 2012-04-29 17:15:51 sponsor: mythbuster (last reply: 2012-05-02 03:21:13)

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Great news! The war is over! Now what do we do with all these weapons we built for the war? Turn them into things civilians can use! All that scrap steel can make some heavy machinery or be used in construction. Those nuclear weapons? Fuel rods. TNT? Use it for earth-moving. Those factories that built bombers and warships? Use them to build cars.

If a weapon of war does not even require conversion to be used for civilian purposes, then it doubles as an example of mundane utility.

The Trope Namer is The Bible.

Examples:
  • From The Bible: "They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks and study war no more."- Isaiah 2:4
  • Real Life Example: The Megatons to Megawatts program converts nuclear weapons into fuel rods that produce 10% of the US electricity supply.
  • Nuclear power itself is an example, because for over a decade the only use of nuclear power was to build bombs, and then later to power submarines.
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