The Silencing of Soldiers
By Laurie L. Calhoun
This article appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of The Independent Review


For more than fifty years, the U.S. Defense Department has sponsored drug studies and brain research that aim to minimize soldiers’ all-too-human reticence to kill. The preemptive prescription of drugs intended to reduce soldiers’ self-doubts and anxieties may serve a strategic military purpose, but increasingly it comes at the expense of soldiers’ long-term well-being.

Other Independent Review articles by Laurie L. Calhoun
    Winter 2011   Political Philosophers on War: Arguments inside the “Just War” Box
    Winter 2006   Michael Walzer on Just War Theory’s “Critical Edge”: More Like a Spoon Than a Knife
    Winter 2004   The Problem of “Dirty Hands” and Corrupt Leadership
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