WAR: The “Mutual Butchery” of the Poor and Working Class This is a war on all of us, and the struggle against war is really a struggle for a better life for the millions of folks who are in need here in this country. The fight against the [...]
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“If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.” - Howard Zinn, historian and author “Understand that all battles are [...]
Pepe Escobar: The eagle, the bear and the dragon Here’s a new Cold War fable for an emerging multipolar world.
Obama has shifted the US military’s focus from the Middle East to Asia in an attempt to ‘contain’ China [GALLO/GETTY] Let’s celebrate the end of an eventful 2011 with a fable. Once upon a time in the young 21st century, the eagle, the bear and the dragon took their (furry) gloves off and engaged in [...]
The epicenter of global terrorism, and the CIA’s highly classified drone war against extremist groups, is a black hole on the map — a region of Pakistan off limits to outsiders, and especially Westerners. It’s anarea so dangerous that even the Pakistani military avoids it. The CIA may have launched 70 drone strikes in tribal [...]
In his book on Anarcho-Syndicalism Rocker also includes a short piece on the anarchist movement that he was not only associated with but was one of its main exponents. You may remember the immense help and assistance that Rocker gave to the Jewish community in London and elsewhere around the times connected [...]
Chomsky on Bernays, the man who made women smoke 21JUN “[Bernays's] major coup, the one that really propelled him into fame in the late 1920s, was getting women to smoke. Women didn’t smoke in those days and he ran huge campaigns for Chesterfield. You know all the techniques—models and movie stars with cigarettes coming out of [...]
You may associate a lute with pleasant music but this one plays all the harsh notes. A General’s view of the time is right.
You may find the following NY Times article of interest. In many ways it demonstrates via an announcement from one of the security frenzied people that infest the secretive world of war and combat, the lack of awareness of who the enemy, if there is one may be. It all starts from the imperial project’s [...]
Barbara Ehrenreich, The Fog of (Robot) War Posted by Barbara Ehrenreich at 6:06pm, July 10, 2011. Last week, William Wan and Peter Finn of the Washington Post reported that at least 50 countries have now purchased or developed pilotless military drones. Recently, the Chinese had more than two dozen models in some stage of development on display at [...]
War Is the Health of the State excerpted from a People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn “War is the health of the state,” the radical writer Randolph Bourne said, in the midst of the First World War. Indeed, as the nations of Europe went to war in 1914, the governments flourished, patriotism [...]
War is the Health of the State by Randolph Bourne To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant the war [World War I] brought a sense of the sanctity of the State which, if they had had time to think about it, would have seemed a sudden and surprising alteration in their habits of [...]
Tomgram: Andy Kroll, Welcome to the McJobs Recovery Posted by Andy Kroll at 5:50pm, May 8, 2011. [Note for TomDispatch Readers: For those of you who created a wavelet of contributions in response to our offer on Tuesday of a personalized, signed copy of Adam Hochschild’s remarkable new history of World War I, To End All Wars: [...]
The government of prime minister Alfred Deakin and other non-Labor governments had introduced a form of conscription for boys from 12 to 14 years of age and for youths from 18 to 20 years of age between 1905 and 1909. An Australian Labor Party government instituted a system of compulsory military training for all males aged between 12 [...]