Empire of Defense

Empire of Defense
Empire of Defense is an extensive and multilayered critique of the past seventy years of American military engagement. Joseph Darda exposes how the post-World War II formation of the Department of Defense and the subsequent Korean War set a course for decades of permanent conflict. Conflict, which the United States, he argues, ingeniously reframed as the defense of humanity from illiberal beliefs and behaviors.

Empire of Defense shows how a string of rationales for war from the 1940s to the present--anticommunism, crime control, humanitarianism, and counterterrorism--paved the way for unprecedented military growth that secured rather than dismantled the existing racial order. A wide range of writers, filmmakers, and journalists--from I. F. Stone and Ishmael Reed to Stanley Kubrick and June Jordan--have struggled to tell the story of war without end, and Darda reveals how that struggle itself tells the bigger story. He draws a clear line from the Cold War to the war on terror and makes sense of our collective cultural efforts to recognize the not-so-new normal of nonstop military empire-building.
Publication Date: 
May 23, 2019