Included in The Cato Institute’s next big topic.

The Cato Institute in Washington, DC has made Threat Inflation its next big topic.

Americans cannot go a day without hearing dire warnings of pending disaster and doom from pundits and policymakers. Combine that with the constant bombardment of bad news streaming at us, and it’s no wonder most of us are anxious and afraid. And why? Because safety doesn’t sell.

Read the full article on the subject of Threat Inflation, to find link to media, historical notes, articles, books, including my book; “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism.” listed as research resources.

 

 

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More Bloat For Bloated Defense Spending

The justification for additional defense spending is reminiscent of traditional Cold War justifications.  The Senate’s defense authorization act even empowers the Pentagon to establish a “strategic competition initiative” for the U.S. African Command, which would lead to an expanded U.S. military presence in Africa.  The United States has already trained leaders of coups in Mali and Guinea, and provided aid to repressive regimes in Uganda and Niger.  The Pentagon can’t even provide an accurate inventory of the military equipment it has provided to African countries.

American Exceptionalism: Our Gun Culture at Home and Abroad

There is an insidious and unspoken connection between our gun culture at home and abroad.  U.S. politicians and pundits believe that huge defense budgets provide international security for the United States, and many Americans believe that personal weapons provide safety at home.  We don’t question the use of deadly weaponry in unnecessary wars overseas; Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan are the most recent examples.  At home, there are more guns than people — 120 guns for every 100 people.  The United States is exceptional because some of the same weapons designed for war are available to teenagers fighting their personal demons.

Containing the National Security State

Containing the National Security State