Making Peace Possible. The Promise of Economic Conversion by Lloyd J. Dumas, Marek Thee

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By Lloyd J. Dumas, Marek Thee

In Making Peace attainable, the editors have awarded a variety of papers which specialize in the speculation and perform of monetary conversion of military-oriented to civilian use. The publication brings jointly a wealth of knowledge from educational examine and from case reports undertaken through person nations and by way of the United countries. protecting such assorted subject matters because the courting among the extent of armament expenditure within the industrialized nations and monetary relief to much less constructed international locations, the commercial effect of ever-increasing expenditure on palms, and the speculation and sensible adventure of financial conversion initiatives within the US and Scandinavia, Making Peace attainable indicates that fiscal conversion from army to civilian use may also help shape the root for a extra peaceable and economically solid global.

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Writings on the Iron Triangle', for example, are calculated to appeal to those who have an identification with the peace movement; while it might, in fact, turn out to be the case that the readership of the Pentagon Catalog is rather similar, its slant is towards a conception of the audience as taxpayers, who may be outraged at finding themselves the unwitting and even unwilling buyers of grossly overpriced military materiel, alternative use planning' may be put forward as a way of moving towards worker power in the productive process, or as a way of reducing unemployment and transition costs' for workers, or as a way of maintaining corporate profits in the face of shifting government spending; one supposes that Pentagon economic adjustment planning is aimed at cooling-out disgruntled contractors who might easily become disgruntled constituents.

80. 18. , p. 85. 19. Robert T. Averitt, The Dual Economy: The Dynamics of American Industry, New York: W. Norton, 1968. 20. ' New Options, No. 38, 30 April 1987, p. 3. 21. , p. 189. Conversion to a Peaceful Economy: Criteria, Objectives, and Constituencies MICHAEL G. RENNER 1. Meaning of a peaceful economy Arguments for a conversion of the military economy to civilian use often focus on the adverse impact of military spending and military-led technological innovation on social well-being. Proponents of conversion also raise questions about the riskiness of excessive community dependence on military contracts, and the general effect of high levels of military spending on the productivity and international competitiveness of the civilian economy.

Q) To what extent is formal rationality substituted for substantive moral decision-making? Participation Non-Renewable Depletion RESOURCE USE Renewable Recyclability Non-Sustainable Q) To what extent does the turnover-time Growth in Production of production & consumption of goods & Consumption & services increase faster than the turnover-time of the relevant ecosystem? Sustainable Production & Consumption 'Use Value' Skills Self-Sufficiency Self-Regulation Conversion to a Peaceful Economy Pollution/Waste ECOLOGICAL IMPACT Permanent Damage Q) What is the impact on the local regional, & global ecosystem?

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