Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745332246 Published February 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745332253 Published February 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World

Vijay Mehta

The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World

Vijay Mehta

Distributed for Pluto Press

248 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745332246 Published February 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780745332253 Published February 2012 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Globalisation has created an interconnected world, but has not diminished violence, militarism and inequality. The Economics of Killing describes how the power of global elites, entrenched under globalisation, has created a deadly cycle of violence.

In this groundbreaking work, Vijay Mehta shows how attempts at peaceful national development are routinely blocked by Western powers. He locates the 2008 financial crisis in US attempts to block China's model of development. He shows how Europe and the US conspire with regional dictators to prevent countries from developing advanced industries, and how this system has fed terrorism.

Mehta argues that a different world is possible, based on policies of disarmament, demilitarisation and sustainable development. This original and thought-provoking book will be of great interest to anyone concerned about the consequences of endless war fuelled by the West.

Contents

Acknowledgement
Foreword
Introduction
Part I Military Industrial Complex – Power, Myths, Facts and Figures
1. How the West’s Addiction to Arms Sales Caused the 2008 Structural Financial Crisis
2. What is the Military Industrial Complex?
3. The Culture of Militarism and Global North’s Power of Definition
4. Europe and the Remaking of the Middle East
Part II Military Spending and Its Ill Effects
5. Negative Effects of Conflicts on Global, Human Security, Refugees, Forced Migrations and Urbanisation
6. War and its Ill Effects on Health, Environment and Development
Part III The Folly of Chronic Wars – For Profit, Resources and Domination – More Weapons – More Wars – More Profits
7. Terrorism and Non-State Actors, and How to Make Them Stop
8. China's Periphery – The Military-Industrial Mess That Could Destroy a Bright Future
9. The Emerging Conflicts – Other Future Fault-lines of the World
Part IV A New Vision, A New Beginning In A New Millennium – A Practical Way Of Reducing Arms, Armies And Wars For The Survival Of Humanity
10. Averting Disaster – What Type of Global Security Architecture Fits in Today’s World?
11. Replacing Military Industrial Complex – Making the 21st Century the Century of Soft Power
Epilogue: The Path Ahead
Notes
Index

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