THE TRILLION DOLLAR SILENCER: Why There Is So Little Anti-War Protest in the United States

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HOW MILITARY SPENDING INFESTS CIVIL SOCIETY SECTORS

The Trillion Dollar Silencer investigates the astounding lack of popular protest at the death and destruction that the military industrial complex is inflicting on people, nations, and the environment, and its budget-draining costs. Where is the antiwar protest by progressives, libertarians, environmentalists, civil rights advocates, academics, clergy, community volunteers, artists, et al? This book focuses on how military largesse infests such public sectors’ interests.

“It is perhaps the most fraught question of our time, whatever happened to the anti-war movement?  In this provocative and illuminating book, Joan Roelofs penetrates deep into the inner-workings of the vast political economy of war-making, revealing how the arms cartel has consolidated its power, captured our political system, infiltrated the media and stifled dissent.  At a perilous moment in history, Roelofs has given us a call to action, loud and clear enough to awaken our anesthetized consciences.”  JEFFREY ST CLAIR, Editor of CounterPunch, Author, Grand Theft Pentagon

“The Trillion Dollar Silencer is a masterful primer on an institution – the United States military — that has literally thousands of facets and functions, and about a thousand billion dollars each year to support its role in preparing for and making war around the world.  Rich in explanatory images, charts and maps, the pieces of the puzzle that Joan Roelofs identifies are so many and so complex that even the most informed readers will learn something in every chapter.  The book’s central question is how the military industrial complex has been able to acquire so many taxpayer dollars year after year and so much cultural assent to its overwrought, violent mission.  The answers she gives will help us to reverse our otherwise continuing deadly and expensive course.” CATHARINE LUTZ, Professor Emerita of Anthropology and International Studies, Co-Director, Costs of War Project,  Brown University

The world’s leading weapons dealer and warmaker, the United States, may also have the least popular resistance to militarism. Why the quiet acceptance? This book helps us to become aware that darn near every inch of U.S. society has been infiltrated by the normalization or celebration of war preparations, that essentially our culture, not just our elected officials, has been bought. This book also provides guidance on what we can do about it.” DAVID SWANSON, Executive Director of World Beyond War and author of War Is A Lie

“Why is there so much acceptance of, and so little protest against, our war policies and all the other tactics of subversion employed by the military-intelligence-industrial complex to sustain hegemony. While the peace movement answers this question with reference to propaganda, fear and distractions, this book focuses on the enormity of the war machine’s penetration into numerous aspects of civilian life. The sections in the book on this penetration into philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and NGO’s are probably the most eye-popping portions of the book. Roelofs shows that the real goal is the construction of “the normal” in ways functional to the interests of the Pentagon, unconventional warfare institutions and military contractors.” PAUL SHANNON, Executive Committee of Mass[achusetts] Peace Action

“Now is exactly the right time for her highly recommended book.”  W.T. WHITNEY, Counterpunch

 

       

 

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The Trillion Dollar Silencer investigates the astounding lack of popular protest at the death and destruction that the military industrial complex is inflicting on people, nations, and the environment, and its budget-draining costs. Where is the antiwar protest by progressives, libertarians, environmentalists, civil rights advocates, academics, clergy, community volunteers, artists, et al? This book will focus on how military largesse infests such public sectors’ interests.

Contractors and bases serve as the economic hubs of their regions. State and local governments are intertwined with the DoD; some states have Military Departments. National Guard annual subsidies are large. Joint projects include aid to state environmental departments for restoration, and government-environmental organization teams to create buffer zones for bombing ranges. Economic development commissions aim to attract military industries and keep the existing bases and corporations. Veterans Administration hospitals are boons to their communities.

Universities, colleges, and faculty get contracts and grants from the DoD and its agencies, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Minerva Initiative. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs are subsidized by the DoD. Civilian jobs in the DoD provide opportunities for scientists, engineers, policy analysts, and others.

Every kind of business and nonprofit, including environmental and charitable organizations like The Nature Conservancy and Goodwill Industries feeds at the DoD trough via contracts and grants.

Individuals, arts institutions, charities, churches, and universities succumb to the profitability of military-related investments. Pension funds of public and private employees are replete with military stocks.

Philanthropy is another silencer. The DoD itself donates equipment to organizations, especially those of youth, and lends equipped battalions to Hollywood. The weapons firms give generously to the arts and charities, heavily to youth and minorities. They also initiate joint programs such as providing tutors and mentors for robotics teams in public schools.

Our militarized economy is destructive and wasteful. How can we replace the multitude of dependencies on military funding and restore the boundary between it and civil society? Surely a first step is to see how military spending results in the complicity of civil society in its pernicious outcomes. That is what this book tries to reveal

Book Details

ISBN

978-1-949762-58-7

Ebook ISBN

978-1-949762-62-4

Publication date

2022

Number of pages

218

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Author

Joan Roelofs

Reviews

6 reviews for THE TRILLION DOLLAR SILENCER: Why There Is So Little Anti-War Protest in the United States

  1. NEW LABOUR FORUM

    “The Trillion Dollar Silencer by Joan Roelofs (Clarity). One main reason there is so little anti-war protest in the U.S. is that military spending, which represents more than half of the federal government’s discretionary budget, is spread throughout the economy to big corporations, contractors, universities, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. While there are huge human, economic, and environmental costs, many Americans benefit in the short term.” NEW LABOR FORUM City University of New York

  2. W.T. WHITNEY

    ” a new and much needed book that explains much about praise and support for the U.S. military. The Trillion Dollar Silencer provides a travelogue of sorts through the U.S. military-industrial complex. It moves from the military establishment and big corporations to colleges, universities, NGOs, philanthropies, foundations research institutes, and other kinds of defense contractors….Now is exactly the right time for her highly recommended book.” W.T. WHITNEY, Counterpunch

  3. JEREMY: KUZMAROV

    Joan Roelofs’ book The Trillion Dollar Silencer: Why There Is So Little Anti-War Protest in the United States provides valuable information and analysis on the military-industrial complex and its influence in stifling anti-war dissent—at a time that it is most urgently needed. Read this book and share it widely so that people in the U.S. can better understand that the real enemy is not Russia or China, but greedy and corrupt “merchants of death” that have destroyed U.S. democracy, as Dwight Eisenhower warned us many years ago. – Jeremy Kuzmarov, Managing editor, CovertAction Magazine

  4. YOSI McINTYRE

    “Back in the day, people were angry about U.S. engagement in overseas “adventures” like the Vietnam War
    and the War in Iraq to name two. Today, the military budget is approaching $1trillion and much of the
    American public has essential acquiesced to this status quo.
    Today, most holders of the more common mutual fund portfolios are not concerned about being invested in weapons
    manufacturers stocks. Typically, college students have little knowledge or interest in the anti-war movement that once
    thrived on campuses.
    Joan Roelofs’ new book The Trillion Dollar Silencer: Why There Is So Little Anti-War Protest in the United States
    (Atlanta: Clarity Press, 2022), suggests the answer is money.
    Particularly important is the fact that military bases have been placed strategically across the country, often in remote
    rural areas, where they become the life blood of economic development. Millions of American workers find jobs with
    military contractors or their subsidiaries, which finance scholarships and internships.
    The military’s extensive philanthropic endeavors have helped to normalize militarism. A significant portion of grants to
    universities, businesses and engineering firms are geared to research and funding to train the next generation of weaponsproducers. Opposition to U.S. foreign policy in universities has resulted in dismissal from employment.” YOSI McINTYRE, SERVAS, United States

  5. POLITICS TODAY

    “Starting with the subject at the very fore, namely the military establishment, Roelofs takes the reader thoroughly, chapter by chapter, through the different organizations and components of the intricate web. Those included are bases and installations, contractors, universities and research institutes, philanthropy and non-profit organizations, state and local governments. What can we do about it? In the final chapter of the book, Roelofs suggests ways to break the silence such as a Green New Deal, creating a peace culture, and conversion to a civilian economy, and also provides some remarks about international relations.

    Thorough and ample in modes and scope of information, The Trillion Dollar Silencer contains explanatory images, graphs, charts, and maps to aid and augment understanding for all types and levels of readers. The book joggles the mind in many aspects and brings an awareness to the gravity of the military-industrial hegemony.” POLITICS TODAY

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    “Now, sixty-one years down the road, Joan Roelofs repeats and elaborates on Eisenhower’s warning.  Where Eisenhower’s words were brief and prophetic, Roelofs’ are more comprehensive, something like a catalog of a system so immense that it poisons democracy and silences dissent at all levels of society.”  ARNE ALPERT, Campaign Nonviolence

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