The list author says: "The United States has an extremely large military establishment that includes hundreds of bases world-wide and a budget of hundreds of billions of dollars. It also provides careers for many who are just trying to get any sort of steady paycheck, and others who are making millions off of corporate welfare for Lockheed Martin and other war profiteers. Part of what makes this system of violence and tax dollar waste possible is a relentless advocacy of militarism via what's been called 'militainment, inc.' (see the clips on YouTube), a propaganda machine whose narratives can be found in countless action/adventure movies, tv dramas like '24,' video games, right-wing radio shows and more. As the costs of war mount, and the increasing harm from cuts in social spending and a devastated environment multiply, more people are open to an honest discussion of the costs and catastrophes of militarism. Here are some films that advance that discussion."