One of the major handicaps to scholars, activists and would-be policy makers associated with the post-World War II peace research and peace action movements has been the inability to construct coherent and believable images of a post military industrial United States society. Even at the height of the economics of disarmament studies in the I960s' the most that economists could demonstrate was that disarmament could take place without severe economic dislocations, and that resources released from arms could be used for improving the global standard of living. The new peace research movement was also producing books in the sixties showing that it was possible to replace a technology of warmaking with a technology of peacemaking, but what the new society would look like, no one could spell out.y A week-long seminar on Images of a Disarmed World held in Denmark in the summer of 19633 generated a great deal of analysis by the socialist and nonsocialist economists participating, but not one word about what the future would look like. This was typical of such seminars in that decade.
"A Disarmed World: Problems in Imaging the Future,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 4
, Article 24.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol4/iss3/24