Nuclear and Military Production and Critical Economic Theory
Author: Peter Custers
About the Book
In this wide-ranging study Peter Custers seeks to highlight the importance of the production and consumption of arms as form of social waste within the capitalist world order. The study encompasses critical economic theory, historical studies of the rise of the capitalism, conceptualizations of international trade, and analyses of the inequities spawned by globalized militarism. Drawing especially on Volume 2 of Marx’s Capital, the author creatively develops some of Marx’s classical themes.
The individual circuit of capital outlined in that works is utilized by Custers to demonstrate the generation of various types of waste at each step in the military- nuclear and civilian –nuclear production chains. He also proposes the new concept of negative use value to highlight the adverse consequences, for human begins and the environment, of products that are churned out by the Military-nuclear complex. Particularly insightful is the thesis he advances in opposition to the view that the capitalist system in its earlier phases operated as a market systems governed by ‘internal’ exchanges. Custers produces historical evidence to demonstrate that this system always incorporated a vital ‘external’ agent, namely, the capitalist state, which has played a significant role in capitalism’s evolution at crucial junctures.
About the Author
Peter Custers is a campaigner and writer with many publications to his credit. He is engaged in theoretical research alongside a commitment to social struggles and campaigns in Bangladesh and Western Europe. His website: www.petercusters.nl