All posts tagged: Militarism

Den finska vapenexporten: trender, aktörer och alternativ

Den årliga vapenexporten från Finland har enligt den fredsfrämjande tankesmedjan SaferGlobes utredning fördubblats under perioden 2002 – 2016. År 2003 exporterade Finland vapen för 49 miljoner euro (ca 490 milj. kronor), och år 2016 uppgick summan för vapenexporten till 133 miljoner euro (ca 1,3 miljarder kronor). Oroväckande är också vilka länder Finland har börjat exportera vapen till. Tidigare gick exporten i första hand till EU-länder men de senaste åren har exporten riktats mot det alltmer politiskt instabila Mellanöstern…

Seymour Melman and the New American Revolution: A Reconstructionist Alternative

On December 30, 1917 Seymour Melman was born in New York City. The 100th anniversary of his birth helps bring his intellectual legacy into focus. Melman was the most significant reconstructionist thinker of the 20th Century, championing alternatives to militarism, capitalism, and social decay by advancing a systematic counter-planning program for disarmament and economic democracy. His legacy remains of critical importance because today the United States is currently a society in which the economic, political and cultural systems are spiraling into an abyss…

Internationella kvinnodagen och den bortglömda kampen mot militarismen

Förra veckan inföll internationella kvinnodagen. I samband med det uppmärksammades bland annat kvinnors historiska kamp för rösträtt, kampen för en rättvis arbetsmarknad och den pågående kampen för reproduktiva rättigheter. Alla dessa frågor är viktiga, både i Sverige och i världen. Ändå var det något som inte uppmärksammades i någon större utsträckning: kampen mot militarism.

Explaining Clean Hands Branding and Displacement: Norway, Sweden and the USA

Countries tend to clearly identify problems with other nations which they use to displace attention to their own problems. They attempt to give their citizens the idea that they have “clean hands,” i.e. that they are politically innocent. This innocence becomes part of a brand which the country uses to market itself. More importantly, the country’s brand is often tied up with some positive aspect of the country that they want to convey which is often the opposite of the country’s actual practices in other aspects.

Towards Democratic Community Development: Beyond the Market and the State

The limits to established democracy and alienation from diverse forms of power require alternative models because without alternative visions, we risk being stuck in the status quo; a dystopian reality in which powerlessness continues. In contemporary democracy, all citizens theoretically have equal power to vote. The problem is that voting power does not always translate into the decisions governments will make or the decisions made by other important actors. There are several key reasons why the power to vote can be limited in its ability to reflect popular will or the interests of individuals.

Fixed Opinions or The Hinge of History by Joan Didion

Fixed Opinions or The Hinge of History is a short essay on the aftermath of 9/11 written by the American author Joan Didion. At its core, the essay is about the wide-spread inability to make the essential distinction between understanding and excusing which many failed to make then and continue to fail to make, especially in discussions concerning terrorism…

Prima Materia: texter i urval av Eva Moberg

Prima materia: texter i urval publicerades 2003 och är en samling texter av Eva Moberg skrivna mellan 1960-talet och 00-talet. I Prima materia får läsaren en översikt av hennes texter. Moberg var en radikal debattör som skrev om bland annat feminism, militarism och demokrati. Med sällsynt skärpa och syrlighet diskuterar Moberg politiska frågor som är lika relevanta nu som då…