The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War

The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War

The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War

The Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War

Synopsis

Acts of violence assume many forms: they may travel bythe arc of a guided missile or in the language of an economic policy, and theymay leave behind a smoldering village or a starved child. The all-pervasivenessof violence makes it seem like an unavoidable, and ultimately incomprehensible,aspect of the modern world. But, in this detailed and expansive book, Marc Pilisuk and Jen Rountree demonstrateotherwise. Widespread violence, they argue, is in fact an expression of theunderlying social order, and whether it is carried out by military forces or bypatterns of investment, the aim is to strengthen that order for the benefit ofthe powerful.

The Hidden Structure of Violence marshals vast amounts of evidence to examine the costs of direct violence, including military preparedness and the social reverberations of war, alongside the costs of structural violence, expressed aspoverty and chronic illness. It also documents the relatively small number of people and corporations responsible for facilitating the violent status quo, whether by setting the range of permissible discussion or benefiting directly as financiers and manufacturers. The result is a stunning indictment of our violent world and a powerful critique of the ways through which violence is reproduced on a daily basis, whether at the highest levels of the state or in the deepest recesses of the mind.

Excerpt

This book is a substantially revised edition of our earlier work, Who Benefits from Global Violence and War. The earlier version represented the work of many people who helped to locate the information, synthesize and draft summaries of diverse materials, and edit portions of the manuscript. For the first edition they include Danial Durazo, Peter Christiansen, Jillian Marks, Donna Nassor, Wanda Woodward, Emmauelle Julien-Sinclair, Herb Diamond, Scott Field, JoAnne Zazzi, Anthony Marsella, and William Domhoff. For the current edition we recognize dedicated and tireless work by Chris Boyd, Pohsuan Zaide, Jenni McConnell, James Reeds, Gianina Pellegrini, Monica Ajer, Ines-Lena Mahr, Lael Curtis, and Carole Patrick. The authors are grateful to the Saybrook University librarians, Noah Lowenstein and Joe Marino, and to Laurens DeHaans for tech support. We are deeply indebted to alternative media for providing information not readily reported in the mainstream and particularly to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. We are indebted to the scholars, journalists, and professional activists who look beneath the blanket of distracting facades to the voices of the casualties of a violent social order and into the back rooms of powerful planners who orchestrate a continuing culture of violence and manipulation. Here we must thank the Corporate Accountability Project, OxFam, Global Exchange, Food First, Peace Action, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Project Censored, and the Psychologists for Social Responsibility, among myriad sources of information and hope. The scholarship of two of Marc’s own mentors, Anatol Rapoport and Kenneth . . .

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