Who Benefits from Global Violence and War: Uncovering a Destructive System

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - History - 316 pages
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Military, economic, and environmental violence in the era of globalization cause immense suffering and may ultimately threaten the existence of life as we know it, but author Pilisuk explains that the future can change if we understand and act upon the roots of violence. A professor emeritus of psychology and human and community development, Pilisuk explains how most violence is the product of a human-built social order in which some people and institutions control most of the resources, make the decisions that necessitate violence, and operate with minimal accountability. The common root of war, poverty, environmental destruction, and other forms of violence is spotlighted. Such violence, says Pilisuk, is a natural consequence of a system inordinately influenced by a relatively small, interconnected group of corporate, military, and government leaders with the power to instill fear, to increase their excessive fortunes, and to restrict information, particularly about their own clandestine dealings.

This text includes scholarship hailing from across disciplines, combined with information from investigative journalism, and insights from nonprofit watchdog groups, all shedding light on centralized power and its effects. Pilisuk presents material including the range of tactics used to manipulate and destroy adversaries, the human capacity to kill as a challenge, and how media is used by powerful groups to manipulate fear and maintain their power. Here, readers find solid social science to support what whistleblowers and social critics are observing about a system that needs change.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Costs of Modern War
1
War and the Minds of Men
29
CHAPTER 3 The Hidden Structure of Violence
48
CHAPTER 4 People Farmland Water and Narcotics
72
CHAPTER 5 Networks of Power
95
Strategies and Tactics for Winning
130
CHAPTER 7 Disinformation
163
CHAPTER 8 Values and Habits That Maintain a Violent System
199
Notes
227
References
269
Index
301
About the Series
315
About the Authors
317
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About the author (2008)

MARC PILISUK teaches at the Saybrook Graduate School and is Professor Emeritus of Community Psychology in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of California at Davis. He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, and a Steering Committee Member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility. Pilisuk is the author of six earlier books and more than 120 articles and reviews on topics including military-industrial power, conflict resolution, globalization, tourture, poverty, and perceptions of a contaminated world. His continuing focus has been on the role of ordinary people facing an often uncaring, sometimes violent, global technological society, which is the topic of this book at hand.

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