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  Women and Militarism
Militarization is the "gradual encroachment of the military institution into the civilian arena," including, for example, industrial plants becoming dependent on military contracts or the state relying on the military to solve its unemployment problems.
Therefore it is essential that feminists examine militarism and challenge it as one of the root causes of women's oppression and equally necessary that peace activists examine and challenge patriarchy as one of the root causes of militarism.
In addition to militarism's reinforcement of the gender categories which restrict women's lives and perpetuate their marginalization, there are material ways in which militarism has a gendered affect and has a different impact on women than it does on men, both in "peacetime" and in war.
www.wilpf.int.ch /publications/womenmilitarism.htm   (6910 words)

 Militarism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Militarism or militarist ideology is the doctrinal view of a society as being best served (or more efficient) when it is governed or guided by concepts embodied in the culture, doctrine, system, or people of the military.
Militarism is ideologically rooted in or related to concepts of alarmism, expansionism, extremism, imperialism, loyalism, nationalism, patriotism, protectionism, supremacy, triumphalism and warmongering.
Militarism is manifest in practice by the preferentiality toward goals, concepts, doctrines, and policies derived, originated, or directed from personnel in the military.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Militarism   (1430 words)

 What is militarism?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Militarism is war-mongering or the advocacy of war or actual carrying out of war or its preparations.
Militarism is mostly caused by imperialism at this time.
Militarism is one of the most important reasons to overthrow capitalism.
www.etext.org /Politics/MIM/faq/milit.html   (312 words)

 Saying NO to militarism and war
Militarism is: 'military spirit, pursuit of military ideas; domination by the military in the formulation of policies, ideals, etc especially on a political level; a policy of maintaining a strong military organisation in aggressive preparedness for war.' Collins English Dictionary (1996, 2nd edition).
Militarism is the theory, militarisation and war are the practice - the inevitable outcomes of militarism.
Militarisation always results in an increase in the overall level of violence, prostitution, social dislocation, the destruction of local economies, and poverty in whichever society it occurs.
www.converge.org.nz /pma/sayno.htm   (2382 words)

 Trilateralism Resurgent Militarism
But while the promoters of militarism represent powerful political forces, we should not assume that their future success is guaranteed.
Unless a serious effort is made to control the trade in conventional and nuclear military technology, the prognosis is for an ever-increasing rate of militarization in the Third World and an attendant increase in the risk of war.
All struggles for social progress then must confront the new militarism; anyone who fights for a change in national priorities must confront the argument that "national security" requires higher defense expenditures, even at the expense of long-overdue social reforms.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Trilateralism/Militarism_Trilat.html   (3380 words)

 Militarism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
'''Militarism''' (military+-ism) is an ideology which claims that the military is the foundation of a society's security, and thereby claims to be its most important aspect.
The militarization of society is defined in relative relation to others, and hence views the society as a material entity which exerts its influence and power over others.
One aspect of Militarism is the ascendancy of a small clique of military officers to unchallenged power, as in Iraq, Nazi Germany, and most of Latin America up until the 1980s.
militarism.mindbit.com   (539 words)

 Karl Liebknecht. Militarism. New York: Huebsch. 1917. Chapter IV
Though militarism be a vital necessity of capitalism, the latter is naturally not pleased with the gigantic expense of militarism and considers it at heart as a very disagreeable burden.
Militarism is one of the original sins of capitalism, which may be susceptible of being mitigated here and there, but of which it will be purged only in the purgatory of Socialism.
To do away with militarism or to weaken it as much as possible is thus a question of vital importance in waging the struggle for political emancipation, the form and manner of which militarism debases in a sense, therefore influencing their character in a decisive fashion.
www.gwpda.org /wwi-www/Liebknecht/lieb3.html   (9009 words)

 Karl Liebknecht. Militarism. New York: Huebsch. 1917. Chapter III
Though it is true that modern militarism is but an institution of our capitalist society, it is none the less true that it is an institution which has almost succeeded in becoming an independent institution; an end in itself.
They owe their influence to militarism which allows itself to be fleeced and bamboozled by them with astonishing patience, and return thanks (one good turn deserves another) by becoming its most fervent propagandists, for which part they are, of course, already cut out by their capitalist interests.
That ecstatic hallucination about the millennium of militarism was indeed mere methodical madness, but the very fact that it was a methodical madness, which imagined the militaristic aims and methods apart from all checks and carried them to their extreme conclusions, lends to it a symptomatic significance.
www.lib.byu.edu /~rdh/wwi/1917/liebknecht/lieb3.html   (3316 words)

 The Empire - Militarism, Lecture One
Lastly, there is high level militarism in which the society is based on the possibility and existence of war.
The members fit the medium level militarism but less than 50% of the guild was actually ready for battle, "physically" and emotionally.
Militarism is aggression, both are means of survival.
members.tripod.com /~imperial_order/militarism1.html   (649 words)

 Universal Community of Friends
Militarism is the use of the military to pursue the misguided and selfish personal interests of ruling politicians.
Militarism requires the regular propping up of satanic enemies by the ruling politicians —; bogeymen used to scare Americans into believing that more and more of our tax dollars should be spent on the military, rather than on constructive and peaceful endeavors.
This means looking at institutions of socialization and the process of teaching values, and addressing the problem at that level--as opposed to focusing only on the surface level where we see the manifestations.
www.universalfriends.org /militarism.html   (776 words)

 Militarism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
'''Militarism''' is an ideology which claims that military strength is the source of all security, and that the military represents the forward direction of the society as a whole, as it expands into the world, asserting its influence.
Militarism asserts that civilian populations are dependent upon (and thereby must be subservient to) the needs and goals of its military.
While military preparedness may refer to agreeable and practical matters related to defense, "militarism" connotes the more broad doctrinal views which claim the notion of "peace through strength" as supreme among the interests of society — overriding all others, including diplomacy and issues related to social welfare.
militarism.iqnaut.net   (469 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Books: The New American Militarism, by Andrew J. Bacevich, Hardcover
His account of modern militarism grounds such thinking in the Pentagon's response to defeat in Vietnam, and his fine grasp of the modern history of American strategic thought gives weight to his analysis.
Militarism is one of the most disturbing fundamentalisms, along with a growing religious and market-based variety, in the United States.
What The New American Militarism does very successfully is to not only alert us to the dangers it poses to American democracy but it also provides a brilliant analysis of its many different intrusions into policy, culture, and everyday life.
search.barnesandnoble.com /bookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=T28FJz1Bag&sourceid=&isbn=0195173384   (1302 words)

 Anarchist Opposition to Japanese Militarism, 1926-37   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
On the contrary, opposition to militarism flowed naturally from the anti-authoritarian principles of anarchism and therefore was a standpoint shared by all anarchists.
But, in the eyes of the anarchists, all other opponents of militarism, be they members of the Communist Party or liberal critics of military aggression, still adhered to capitalist patterns of social organisation, involving the state, authority and, indeed, the armed forces.
Perhaps it is this uncompromising criticism, not merely of militarism, but equally of its conventional opponents, which accounts for the failure of most historiographical studies to mention the pre-war anarchist movement's anti-militarist struggle.
flag.blackened.net /revolt/anarchism/texts/war/japan.html   (2321 words)

 COMD: Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft
Militarism is a value system that stresses the superiority of some people over others.
Militarism derides cooperation, equality and nonviolence, and instead enforces strict hierarchical relationships.
Militarism can be seen in the weakening of laws prohibiting armed forces involvement in civilian law enforcement and immigration control, and in the growing militarization of civilian police agencies.
www.comdsd.org /militarism.htm   (518 words)

 Capitalism and Militarism
The hand-out by Seymour Melman shows the meaning of militarism in the United States: we are sacrificing all sorts of important civilian goals in order to pay for the military.
The great conservative economist Joseph Schumpeter argued that militarism and imperialism were atavisms, left over from old-fashioned, backward, systems such as feudalism, in which military might and experience were central to social advancement of individuals and to maintaining the social order.
Militarism of one country is then encouraged by that of another, as seen in arms races, the effort to grab territory for strategic reasons, etc.
myweb.lmu.edu /jdevine/talks/Kism&Military.htm   (1951 words)

 On The New American Militarism - How Americans Are Seduced By War | MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
For other critics, militarism is a synonym for Bushism — that the problem is this president and his militaristic, unilateralist tendencies and the sort of arrogance and excessive ambitions that he manifests.
For analysts, the basic question has been whether militarism should be interpreted as a remnant of the past (for example, in the much-studied case of Germany, as fundamentally a legacy of Prussia) or instead as something distinctly modern, associated with industrialization or the rise of capitalism.
Militarism, as I see it, is: "the attaching of nobility or honor to military involvement." And, as military action is sometimes necessary for every nation's survival, a bit of militarism is healthy.
www.metafilter.com /mefi/39801   (6288 words)

 Omnipotent Government: The Triumph of Militarism
Militarism should not be confused with despotism enforced by a foreign army.
In accordance with the doctrines of militarism the chief of the Great General Staff considered himself the first servant of the Emperor and King and demanded the chancellor's subordination.
The "Panzerplatten-doctrine" maintained that German militarism and the trend to increase Germany's armed forces were due to machinations of the heavy industries eager to enlarge their profits.
www.mises.org /etexts/mises/og/chap2.asp   (4320 words)

 AlterNet: The Scourge of Militarism
The militarism that inescapably accompanied Rome's imperial projects slowly undermined its constitution as well as the very considerable political and human rights its citizens enjoyed.
The history of the Roman republic from the time of Julius Caesar on suggests that it was imperialism and militarism -- poorly understood by all conservative political leaders at the time -- that brought it down.
Militarism and the professionalization of a large standing army create invincible new sources of power within a polity.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=16788   (4209 words)

 The New American Militarism - by Andrew J. Bacevich and Tom Engelhardt
We already have, for instance, hundreds and hundreds of military bases, large and small, spread around the world, but never enough, never deeply embedded enough in the former borderlands of the Soviet Union and the energy heartlands of our planet.
Bacevich's The New American Militarism, which focuses on the ways Americans have become enthralled by, and found themselves in thrall to, military power and the idea of global military supremacy, should be placed right beside it in any library.
The new American militarism also manifests itself through an increased propensity to use force, leading, in effect, to the normalization of war.
www.antiwar.com /engelhardt/?articleid=5625   (3962 words)

 Lamson Library
A History Of Militarism : Civilian And Military
The Potsdam Führer: Frederick William I, Father Of Prussian Militarism, By Robert Ergang
Militarism : The History Of An International Debate, 1861-1979
www.plymouth.edu /library/opac/subjkey/militarism   (70 words)

 Militarism and the Scouts
Militarism meant military drill, and since the scouts did not go in for military drill they were not military #12.
Although the resurgence of militarism within the B-P organisation was easily obtainable, and the first world war as a national crisis giving sufficient excuse, the post war scout movement became better organised on an international level, bringing together scouts from countries that had previously been enemies, a development Vane could only applaud.
He was a highly charismatic figure, and became a critic of the militarism and bureaucracy of the organisation.
www.netpages.free-online.co.uk /sha/military.htm   (5075 words)

 Karl Liebknecht. Militarism. New York: Huebsch. 1917. Table of Contents. Preface.
Militarism as Machiavellism and as a Political Regulator
To this plea, Liebknecht quickly retorted, "I take entire responsibility for every word~I have written." On the second day of the trial, the defendant declared in open court that he was convinced that a verdict of guilty had already been decided on.
Its overthrow is a particularly important task for the working class of all countries to perform; in fact, it is a matter of life and death to them.
www.lib.byu.edu /~rdh/wwi/1917/liebknecht/liebTC.html   (2962 words)

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