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Militarism: US & Europe

(see also Arms Trade, War Profiteering, Militarization of Foreign Policy)


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Basics

mil·i·ta·rism. 1) Glorification of the ideals of a professional military class; 2) Predominance of the military in administration of State policy; 3) Policy under which military preparedness is of primary importance to State. American Heritage Dictionary.

On the Web: Articles

Report: Military Spending Tops $1 Trillion Last Year. Mattias Karen, AP (6/7/05). World-wide. US accounts for about half of total, spends far more per capita ($1,453) than any other country, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

The President's Real Goal in Iraq. Jay Bookman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (9/29/02).

The South At War: A Tour Through The Heart of the U.S. Military Industrial Complex, Chris Kromm, Counterpunch (6/20/02). American South as center of US war economy.

Military Overhaul Considered. Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post (10/11/01). Current organization of military inadequate for fighting terrorism.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Center for Defense Information.

Committee Opposed to Militarism & the Draft.

Friends Committee on National Legislation.

International Institute for Strategic Studies.

War Machine: General Information (Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz).

In the Library: Articles

Anon. "The military budget boondoggle," In These Times (6/16/97).

Borosage, Robert L. "All dollars, no sense," Mother Jones (9-10/93):41-44. Bloated military budget & why there's no "peace dividend" after fall of Soviet Union.

Cockburn, Alexander. "The radical colonel," Nation (4/7/97):9-10. Career & influence of late independent military thinker, Col. John Boyd.

Fisk, Robert. "Who needs NATO?" Progressive (7/99).

Mead, Walter R. "The two trillion dollar mistake," Worth (2/96). Why military build-up of 1980's was unnecessary.

Reich, Michael. "Why Carter can't reduce military spending," Monthly Review 29,2 (6/77): 53-58.

Slotkin, Richard. "Gunfighters & Green Berets: the Magnificent Seven & the myth of counter-insurgency," Radical History Review 44 (1989):65-90.

Thompson, Edward P. "Notes on exterminism, the last stage of civilization," New Left Review 121 (5-6/80):3-31.

Vest, Jason. "The army's empire skeptics," Nation (3/3/03): 27-30. Officers raising serious questions about manpower, morale and technology.

Wiesner, Jerome B. "A militarized society," in Len Ackland & Steven McGuire (eds.) Assessing the Nuclear Age: Selections from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Chicago IL: Education Foundation for Nuclear Science), pp. 227-233. US militarism & the social & economic order.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Andreas, Joel. Addiction to War: Why the US Can’t Kick Militarism (Oakland CA:AK,2003).

Asmus, Ronald D. Opening NATO's Door: How the Alliance Remade itself for a New Era (NY: Columbia, 2002). State Department insider's view of how the expansion was accomplished.

Arkin, William. Research Guide to Current Military & Strategic Affairs (Washington, IPS, 1981).

Bacevich, Andrew J. The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (NY: Random House, 2005).

Cook, Fred J. Les vautours de la guerre froide: etude sur le militarisme americain (trans. Roger Dadoun; Paris: Julliard, 1964).

Dando, Malcolm with A.P. Rogers. A Violent Peace: Global Security After the Cold War (London: Brassey's, 1992).

Etchison, Don L. The US & Militarism in Central America (NY, 1975).

Ekirch, Arthur A. Jr. The Civilians & the Military (NY: Oxford, 1957).

Feldman, Jonathan. Universities in the Business of Repression: The Academic-Industrial-Military Compolex & Central America (Boston, 1989).

Gibson, James W. Warrior Dreams: Violence & Manhood in Post-Vietnam America (NY: Hill & Wang, 1994).

Greider, William. Fortress America: The American Military & the Consequences of Peace (NY: PublicAffairs, 1998). Pentagon trapped in spiral of wasteful & potentially deadly spending. Urges honest debate of alternatives for long-term security.

Hartung, William D. And Weapons for All (NY: Harper Collins, 1994). The institutionalization of US arms trade since the Nixon doctrine, & its implications for US society & the world.

__________. Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers: The Hidden Costs of Spending on Defense & Foreign Aid (Washington: Cato Institute, 1999).

Hoyt, Edwin P. Carrier Wars: Naval Aviation from World War II to the Persian Gulf (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1989).

Johnstone, Diana. The Politics of Euromissiles: Europe's Role in America's World (London: Verso, 1984).

Klare, Michael T. Resurgent Militarism (Washington: Institute for Policy Studies, 1979).

Kofsky, Frank. Harry S. Truman & the War Scare of 1948: A Successful Campaign to Deceive the Nation (NY: St. Martin's, 1993).

Sapir, Jacques. The Soviet Military System (Cambridge MA: Basil Blackwell, 1991).

Solomon, Norman. Made Love Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State (Sausalito CA: Polipoint, 2007).

Swomley, John M. The Military Establishment (Boston: Beacon, 1964).

In the Library: Fiction

Mann, Heinrich. Man of Straw [1918] (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1984).

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Film & Video

"Why We Fight" [2005], dir. Eugene Jarecki, ?m.



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