Extensive Private Military Contractors: A New “Revolving Door” with the Axis of Commoditization on Human Life and Violence under the State Monopoly

Authors

  • Wang Ziming University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
  • Wang Hongyu Chinese Academy of Social Science University of International Business and Economics, Beijing - PRC Vrije Universiteit Brussel

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14666/2194-7759-6-1-002

Keywords:

Private Military Contractors (PMC), labor, Violence, Market, State monopoly

Abstract

As for security issues within post-war Iraq and Afghanistan, Private Military Contractors (PMC), the companies providing armed combats and security services, are playing an increasingly important role and exerting further influence on national decision-making process. Growing in a capitalist culture, one must know how much impact a monopoly enterprise would have on the entire market and even on the political system, let alone the result when the government directly monopolizes the PMC industry market in which the nature of it is deeply embedded: Violence is being commoditized, involving human life as the “carrier” into the market exchange. Unavoidably, the extension of PMC has become a trend and, regardless of whether based on a government’s strategic considerations or the real needs in the post-war regions, it is definitely just a temporary relief rather than eradication the problems as most people are wishing.

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Published

2017-09-25

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