The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination

The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination

Richard Kahn, Anthony J. Nocella II

Language: English

Pages: 344

ISBN: 0739136984

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination, is a groundbreaking collection of essays by leading scholars from wide scholarly and activist backgrounds who examine the entangled array of contemporary industrial complexes-what the editors refer to as "the power complex"-that was first analyzed by C. Wright Mills in his 1956 classic work, The Power Elite.

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them as high-paid consultants and fund their research; 10) universities that engage corporations to market the products of faculty/ staff labor; 11) universities that instill corporate culture in their students and staff; 12) universities whose top level of governance—boards of regents or trustees—is dominated by executive officers of corporations; 13) universities that fund or defund academic units based on their capacity to obtain profitable patents or develop marketable products.

constitutes the hegemonic façade behind which the power structure can more or less freely operate, domestically and worldwide. The decay of The Corporate War Economy 35 American economic, political, and social life cannot be understood apart from this destructive cycle—likely to worsen as the elites strive to maintain the advantages of Empire against new challenges. By the early twenty-first century it was obvious that war, and orientation to war, had become a way of life in the United

are targeted annually for higher-tech warfare agendas: urbanassault counterinsurgency methods, satellite technology, nuclear modernization, robotics and other forms of remote combat, laser-guided weapons, war-gaming, and database collections among others.19 In a militarized society the armed forces experience is bound to touch the lives of tens of millions of people, often in the most intimate ways—and often outside the ranks of the military itself. In her study of the “homefront,” Catherine Lutz

techniques Bureau personnel can employ in neutralizing political targets, but the means of circumventing such constraints have long since been perfected. In this regard, it must be borne in mind that, although the commission of major crimes—including murder conspiracy—by clearlyidentified FBI personnel involved in COINTELPRO has been repeatedly proven in court, no agent has resultantly spent so much as a minute behind bars. Indeed, the only two Bureau officials ever prosecuted for (relatively

state. It belongs to the National Guard, but was equipped and uniformed completely by the Citizen’s Association of the City of Chicago. This association is composed of business men, who look after the best interests of our city.” Quoted in Morn, Eye That Never Sleeps, 97. 47. Smith, Blackjacks to Briefcases, 3–4. The nature of these interventions is reflected by the fact that, “In 1891 Pennsylvania [guardsmen] fired on fleeing strikers, killing ten and wounding fifty.” A half-dozen strikers were

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