| QUESTIONING GLOBALIZED MILITARISM|
Nuclear and Military Production and Critical Economic Theory
by Peter Custers
An original analysis of the role of arms industries in capitalist production.
In this wide-ranging study Peter Custers seeks to highlight the importance of the production and consumption of arms as a form of social waste within the capitalist world order.
The study encompasses critical economic theory, historical studies of the rise of capitalism, conceptualizations of international trade, and analyses of the inequities spawned by globalized militarism. Drawing especially on Volume 2 of Marx's Capital, he creatively develops some of Marx's classical themes. The individual circuit of capital outlined in that work is utilized by Custers to demonstrate the generation of various types of waste at each step in the military-nuclear and civilian-nuclear production chains.
He also proposes the new concept of negative use-value to highlight the adverse consequences for human beings and the environment, of products that are churned out by the military-nuclear complex. Particularly insightful is the thesis he advances in opposition to the view that the capitalist system in its earlier phases operated as a market system governed by 'internal' exchanges. Custers produces historical evidence to demonstrate that this system always incorporated a vital 'external' agent, namely the capitalist state, which has played a significant role in capitalism's evolution at crucial junctures.
"The work of Peter Custers is important since he takes on a fundamental question which has largely been ignored in the analysis of many economists. Custers proposes in fact a political economy of capitalism which will integrate several questions relating to militarism. He treats questions of militarism as important, even decisive, elements which give direction to the accumulation of capital
This audacious pioneering work deserves to be read with the greatest attention ..."
From the foreword by Samir Amin
Peter Custers is engaged in theoretical research and campaigns in Bangladesh and Western Europe. He is the author of "Capital Accumulation and Women's Labour in Asian Economies", Zed Press.
234 x 156 mm. 452 pages.
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