This edited volume reveals how a permanent war ecomy has made the United States unable to spread democracy abroad and has worsened domestic problems. The editors draw from classical readings in political theory, from primary documents (including key court decisions), and from social science research to analyze such issues as the effect of militarization and combativeness on the everyday lives of Americans. The editors also address the dire connection among banking losses, the housing recession, the welfare/national security state, and the challenge of rebuilding America's infrastructure. Raskin and Squires ultimately conclude that only by making war an unattractive option and dismantling the warfare system can meaningful progress be made on the current foreign and domestic challenges facing the United States. They also offer steps to replace the warfare system, outlining the ideological and material transformations necessary for peace. Students of political science, sociology, history, and law will find this a thought-provoking, forward-thinking contribution concerning America's future at home and abroad.
Gregory D. Squires is a professor of sociology, public policy, and public administration at the George Washington University. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of several books, including Why the Poor Pay More: How to Stop Predatory Lending (Praegar, 2004) and There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Katrina (Routledge, 2006). He lives in Washington, D.C. Marcus G. Raskin is a professor at the School of Public Policy at the George Washington University and founder of the Institute of Policy Studies. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty books, including The Four Freedoms Under Siege: The Clear and Present Danger from Our National Security State (Potomac Books, 2009). He lives in Washington, D.C.