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Steven Staples

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The Relationship Between Globalization and Militarism

The author argues that the relationship between globalization and militarism should be seen as two sides of the same coin. On one side, globalization promotes the conditions that lead to unrest, inequality, conflict, and, ultimately, war. On the other side, globalization fuels the means to wage war by protecting and promoting the military industries needed to produce sophisticated weaponry. This weaponry, in turn, is used or is threatened to be used to protect the investments of transnational corporations and their shareholders.

global issues, globalization — economic aspects; sociology — military-industrial complex theory; United States — military policy; militarism; world trade organization; South Africa — military policy

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 4 (2000): 18-22