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ADDICTED To WAR
ADDICTED To WAR takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. It tells the history of U.S. foreign wars - from the Indian Wars to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - in a comic book format.
How the American military-industrial complex has invaded our consciousness to create consent for its programs
Integrating fifteen years of field research at weapons laboratories across the United States with discussion of movies, political speeches, media coverage of war, and the literature of defense intellectuals, Hugh Gusterson shows how the military-industrial complex has built consent for its programs and, in the process, taken the public “nuclear.”
Hugh Gusterson makes strange what we have taken for granted about living with bombs. People of the Bomb is a deeply informed consideration of what we desperately need to understand in new ways about ourselves and our political and scientific elites. — Catherine Lutz, author of Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century and Reading National Geographic -Buy from publisher | From Amazon
In this provocative book, Andrew Bacevich warns of a dangerous dual obsession that has taken hold of Americans, conservatives and liberals alike. It is a marriage of militarism and utopian ideology--of unprecedented military might wed to a blind faith in the universality of American values.
This perilous union, Bacevich argues, commits Americans to a futile enterprise, turning the US into a crusader state with a self-proclaimed mission of driving history to its final destination: the world-wide embrace of the American way of life. This mindset invites endless war and the ever-deepening militarization of US policy. It promises not to perfect but to pervert American ideals and to accelerate the hollowing out of American democracy. As it alienates others, it will leave the United States increasingly isolated. It will end in bankruptcy, moral as well as economic, and in abject failure.
How our culture wants to make boys like me into fighting machines. Thank you Benny, Brad and Jo. I tried to find a gift for my seven year old grand son. The store had approximately 90% war toys such as weapons, armed vehicles, warriors with weapons, 5% super aggressive fighters without weapons and 5% cars,trucks and farm vehicles and misc. tricks? and toys. Anyone walking through this indoctrination aisle has to be in propaganda induced denial not to see what it means for our children. Unfortunately, that is the situation in our society. Again, thank you.
Militarism & Toys
Militainment, Inc. offers a fascinating, disturbing, and timely glimpse into the militarization of American popular culture, examining how U.S. news coverage has come to resemble Hollywood film, video games, and "reality television" in its glamorization of war. - (clip from Militainment, Inc.)
Super Bowl: The Militarization of Sports Biggest Spectacle
Democracy Now! Friday, February 5, 2010 Sportswriter Dave Zirin, author of A Peoples History of Sports in the United States, says the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl appearance—at least for the moment—is boosting spirits in New Orleans on a level unseen since Hurricane Katrina. Zirin also discusses pro athletes who have stood up for gay rights, and how the Super Bowl spectacle continues to be used to promote US militarization.
Kucinich: 'Democratic society, undermined by militarization'
According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 59% of Americans agree with the statement that the US has accomplished its mission there and should bring its troops home but Senators aren't ready to commit. Including John Kerry, they don't think a rapid troop withdrawal is the right way forward. US Congressman Dennis Kuchinich weighs in.
Winona LaDuke on Militarization of Indian Country
Democracy Now! interviews Native American activist and writer Winona LaDuke about her new book, "The Militarization of Indian Country." LaDuke covers the legacy of the seizure of Native American lands by the U.S. government, which became sites for for industrial and military use, including army bases, nuclear testing sites, coal and uranium mining, and the military-industrial complex is encroaching on Native communities.