Episode

2/11 Jennifer Mittelstadt: The Rise of the Military Welfare State

February 11, 2016

Jennifer Mittelstadt an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and author of The Rise of the Military Welfare State explains the social welfare state of the United States Military. The end of the draft and the free market makeover of the military. How the draft became politically impossible at the end of the Vietnam era. The challenges of a all volunteer military service. (10:10)

General Westmoreland and Milton Freidman debate the draft. The growth of Military benefits and the difference between the all volunteer army and the GI era. The class and gender dimensions of the military welfare state. The United States and the social welfare state. How social welfare is a military comparative advantage and how the Military hid the nature of its welfare state. (22:00)

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