Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism / Ismael Hossein-zadeh -- NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
The growth of the military-industrial complex in recent decades deserves careful examination and Ismael Hossein-zadeh gives it just that. Following the recent work of Chalmers Johnson, Hossein-zadeh's scholarly work argues that the growth of militarism in the US is undermining the democratic nature of our government and society, and that the common interests of the Pentagon, congressional leaders, and defense contractors have transformed US imperialism from "classical" or economic imperialism into "parasitic imperialsm." The former sought to agrandize the nation, the latter seeks to secure and expand more of the nation's public spending for the defense industry. The former was characteristic of defense industries that were built by the state for the goals of the state. The latter has come about due to the imperatives of private defence corporations competing in a capitalist economy.