September 1991
Progressive;Sep91, Vol. 55 Issue 9, p12
This section announces the availability of a pamphlet entitled Grassroots Militarism, written by James Bennett, a professor at the University of Arkansas, Arkansas, and published by the Center on War and the Child, as of September 1991. Bennett had his students do research in the schools, shops, and movie theaters of Washington County, Arkansas, and put together his report base on what they found. According to Bennett, it is particularly appropriate to talk about militarism in the U.S. because there is no military presence there. The idea behind Grassroots Militarism is that the sources of institutional violence lie hidden in each local community. This philosophy coincides with that of the Center on War and the Child, which tries to combat various forms of violence from toy guns to child abuse to war. According to Richard Parker, director of the Center on War and the Child, this is the first attempt the Center is aware of to establish some kind of a model or a process by which others can begin to look at militarism in their own communities. Parker hopes to put out a workbook next, based on Bennett's research. The Center is engaged in a massive socialization of children in society to accept violence and force. Until the Center changes that, according to Parker, there is no logical reason for it to end.


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