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Neoliberalism in the American military and its impact on civilians

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Over the past 30 years, American culture has increasingly drawn from the military model. Now, as even military pensions and health care are outsourced and privitized, what will be the fate of social welfare in America?

Many Democrats in the United States Congress enthusiastically support the looming cuts to the U.S. defense budget. They note the enormous costs of protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the imprudence of lavishly funding an American military already unmatched the world over. For many sound reasons, they view the reduction of the defense budget in broad strokes as positive. But details of present defense budget cuts contain specific proposals that ought to give them -- and many Americans -- pause. Folded into the current military spending cuts is a neoliberal agenda to privatize and outsource the retirement and health care benefits of military personnel...

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