What is an army?

19 January, 2009

An army is a vector of the pursuit of corporate interests through the use of force. Corporate interests are served by an army in the following ways (I am confident this is not an exhaustive list, but from the top of my head these are what I can come up with):

1) investments in the reinforcement and maintenance of the armed forces flow directly into corporate coffers;
2) lower and middle class people get to direct their anger and frustration at foreign subjects, rather than at the establishment at home running the corporations;
3) resources in the target country (referred to as “the enemy”) are put at the disposal of corporations;
4) support contracts, reconstruction contracts and all other proceedings resulting from the aftermath of a war flow directly into corporate coffers;
5) the policies of the newly friendly regime (previously referred to as “the enemy”) are largely dictated by corporate interests, thus allowing for 3), among others.

Typically, an army is employed when other forms of coercion have failed (financial coercion, for example through the IMF or WB; political coercion, for example through the imposition of embargos; subversive coercion, such as the meddling in elections or the overthrowing of governments).

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