[interact_list] [Book reviews: militant aspects of components of Western societies, how West is trapped

  • From: Akio Fujita <A.Fujita@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: interact_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 14:28:02 +0000

Basically, about how 'military' is the mother of 'everthing' type
theory - but looks interesting. 

Victor Davis Hanson: 
still can't get hold of his scope, but go amazon and type his name, 
looks doing something radical. How ancient Greek's 'military culture' 
and 'civil society' thing are 'interconnected' and how it's influencing 
current, modern West. Basically this is what Karl Marx and Michael 
Foucault suggested - but I didn't know there is some 'freak' actually 
studying this kind of shit. Maybe someday becomes very important. 

Paul Cartledge: looks similar type of scholar

Joanna Bourke:'An Intimate History of Killing: Face-To-Face Killing in 
Twentieth-Century Warfare'

Idea is about how 'violence' can be really in cycle - for the society. 
Once your society starts 'warfare' - how it becomes 'unstoppable' - 
for psychological reasons of those 'war-making agencies' - 
they just get traumatised so get momentum, so they can't stop - 
and other people in society basically live indifferently to those 
'bleeding scars' of their societal institutions/agencies. 

I think this approach is very important - the book can be looked 
as a kind of failure. The authour really didn't do enough job to 
sort our theoretical framework so it's not very interesting. Still, 
this type of perspective is not in PS/PR. (PS/PR/CR only 'demonise' 
military and that's it)

A.

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