The Lessons of Vietnam (as applied ever since then)

March 3rd, 2013

1) Curtail civilian oversight and control of the military.

2) Deactivate the “draft” so that bourgeois youth are not obliged to fight in the U.S.’s wars.

3) Create a mercenary force of phony “volunteers” to do your dirty work, exploiting the desires of working class youth to rise socially, educationally, and economically.

4) Hire the actual professionals historically known as mercenaries to fight for you in illegal wars but call them contractors instead, since it sounds like a guy who installs your plumbing.

5. Lie better.

And My Mother-in-Law Said the Liberation Haggadah Was “So Angry!”

January 13th, 2013

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“The Price of Freedom”

December 14th, 2012

That’s what rightwingers always say about mass shootings in this country. And so it is — the freedom of gun manufacturers to make millions of dollars, if not billions. Capitalism is murder.

A Modern Spiritual

December 2nd, 2012

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What Is Wrong with this Statement?

November 6th, 2012

Despite all the spending by both sides, the long campaign seemed to leave some voters without a clear view of the candidates.

— New York Times website, 10:48pm, 6 November 2012

A Talk by Michael Parenti, 19 Oct 2012

November 4th, 2012

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Chris Christie on Barack Obama, or: There IS a Difference

November 1st, 2012

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Why the Right Wants to Destroy PBS

October 28th, 2012

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Leslie Gore Redux

October 25th, 2012

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Why They Hate Us, 1962

October 8th, 2012

The United States is now spending more each year on armaments than was spent in any year before 1942 for the entire national budget.

People demand that government “interfere” in nothing, just pour money into the armament industry and provide a strong police for “security.” But stay out of everything else! No interference in medicine, mental health, education, etc., etc. Never was a country at once shrewder and less wise — shrewd in nonessentials and lunatic in essentials.

I have no doubt the world feels toward America the way many monks feel toward an abbot who wants to exercise total power, to receive unquestioning obedience on the basis of slogan about which he himself ceased thinking twenty-five years ago, and who above all wants to be loved, so that he may never, at any time, to himself, seem to be exercising power, or loving it. Nobody denies him the power he has: few give him the love that he needs in order to be safe and content. And therefore he uses his power, from time to time, in unpredictable, arbitrary, and absurd ways in which he defends his own ends and makes everybody miserable.

— Thomas Merton
Journals, October 20, 1962, IV.259