For this post, I decided to look around the front of the library for a book that might relate to our class, and was surprised to find front row, center, “The Economics of Killing: How the West Fuels War and Poverty in the Developing World” by Vijay Mehta. The title and cover art were what caused me to choose this book for our post, but it actually turned out to be a pretty interesting read (and not as morbid as its title suggests). The book investigates militarism and the usage of wars for profit and domination to identify the gulf between the wealth and stability of some coutnries, and the chaos and poverty of others. I then skipped ahead to one of the final chapters, “Replacing the Military-Industrial Complex – Making the Twenty-first Century of Soft Power”, which basically serves as a call to action to “Ordinary people in the US and Europe can do a great deal to embarrass their governments into replacing the military-industrial complex with a less harmful mode of international trade” (p. 149). I found this notion of empowering ordinary citizens to question their governments and challenge the status quo to coincide with many of the ideas proposed by our class. For example, in “Generation We” the author noted how our generation is one of the first to make changes directly, as opposed to going through other channels of authority (i.e. the government, corporate leaders). This sense of empowerment seems to be vital to creating a sustainable global environment, and also, according to Mehta, to change the world for the better.
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This Week’s Prompt
Blog 6, Session 7
in a nutshell the BC thought about doing more with globalization. I added a piece that works towards greater information literacy. Pick a country or company and explore how globalization has affected it. Start your digging using BU's "Research by Subject" resources.
- 60 second idea
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- International Arms Trade
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- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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