The Economics of Killing by Vijay Mehta
‘Everyone who cares about the future must read this ground-breaking book.’ - Richard Falk, Princeton University
‘This book is a must read for all peace-seekers.’ - Arun Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi
Globalization has created an interconnected world, but has not diminished violence and militarism. The Economics of Killing describes how the power of global elites, entrenched under globalization, 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 centers 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, demilitarization, and sustainable development.
This original and thought-provoking book will be of great interest to anyone concerned about the consequences of endless war fueled by the West.
Table of contents
Part I: Military Industrial Complex – Power, Myths, Facts And Figures
What is the Military Industrial Complex?
The Culture of Militarism and Global North’s Power of Definition
Europe and the Remaking of the Middle East
Part II: Military Spending and its Ill Effects
Negative Effects of Conflicts on Global, Human Security, Refugees, Forced Migrations and Urbanisation
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
Terrorism and Non-State Actors, and How to Make Them Stop
China’s Periphery – The Military-Industrial Mess That Could Destroy a Bright Future
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
Averting Disaster – What Type of Global Security Architecture Fits in Today’s World?
Replacing Military Industrial Complex – Making the 21st Century the Century of Soft Power
Epilogue: The Path Ahead