Category Archives: Military Spending

30 Seconds Over Tehran

The drumbeats of an Israeli attack on Iran continue unabated. Read the inflammatory right wing rag, The Drudge Report on any morning and you would believe that war (and $8 per gallon gas) are inevitable. This morning’s New York Times … Continue reading

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New Liberalism

I had dinner last night with one of the most important conservative media voices in America and some of his friends. I had gone to the dinner expecting some fireworks, but was totally caught off guard by his charm and … Continue reading

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Put a Stake In It

The reports of the death of the Neo-Conservative Movement have been greatly exaggerated. Dick Cheney has become a cheerleader for Newt Gingrich whose sole intention seems to be to continue The Long War ad infinitum. On a day when we … Continue reading

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American Crack-Up

When did it start? When did America’s mass consensual hallucination begin? When did the boundaries between truth and fiction dissolve? Consider the evidence. I awoke this morning to read that a candidate for the Presidency (Newt Gingrich) believes we should … Continue reading

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Republican Rope a Dope

Barack Obama learned a political trick from Muhammad Ali called Rope a Dope. For you youngsters, this refers to the epic Rumble in the Jungle Heavyweight fight against George Foreman in 1974. Here is the Wikipedia explanation. The rope-a-dope is … Continue reading

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Next Steps for OWS

The leaderless Occupy Movement should quietly thank Mayor Bloomberg for ending the encampment in Zuccotti Park. As Ad Busters, the culture jamming magazine which first proposed Occupy Wall Street, suggested yesterday that there are two routes forward. STRATEGY #1: We … Continue reading

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Pentagon Propaganda Machine

The very best thing that could happen for America is for the Super Committee to fail. To understand why I say that you need a little history. In my new book, Outlaw Blues;Adventures in the Counter-culture Wars, I write about … Continue reading

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Occupy Victory

Media pundits like the New York Times’ Bill Keller continue to fret about the Occupy Movement and their leaderless revolution. I’m prepared to celebrate when the Occupiers — like the lone hunger artist of India — accomplish something more than … Continue reading

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Life After Empire

In 1922, the British Empire held sway over a population of about 458 million people, one-quarter of the world’s population,and covered more than 13,000,000 square miles: approximately a quarter of the Earth’s total land area. By 1956, after the disastrous … Continue reading

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Avatar and the Spiritual Deficit

In this time of constant bickering between the right and the left, the movie Avatar has become the highest grossing film in history. To achieve these astonishing grosses of $1.86 Billion (besting Cameron’s own Titanic in record time), the movie … Continue reading

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