Issues & events in the nations of Central and South America and of First Nations (indigenous, Native American, “Indian” populations) throughout the Americas, and as impacted by U.S. foreign policy, treaties, and interventions.
School of the Americas (now, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, WHINSEC).
Here we focus on the beliefs that a strong military and the use of military force are effective ways to achieve security or other policy goals and the means by which these ideas are promoted, such as the glorification of military action and those who support it. (It’s important to distinguish militarism from questions of whether military force is appropriate in certain situations.)
Militarism is especially troubling when it is promoted in schools, where the state may work to instill militaristic values to justify its own practices.
[See Militarism in Schools]
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