The Dismal “Physics” of Blowback and Overstretch

Countering Scientism with Scientism Another sort of “physics” has emerged, right from within the same establishment of military and political institutions that produced “force multipliers”. If this other physics has attained the prominence that it has, such that it now has a foothold in academia and is a firm part of popular discourse in the… Read More The Dismal “Physics” of Blowback and Overstretch

Hugh Gusterson: “Empire of Bases”

How the U.S. colonizes the world through the installation of military bases: From the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: http://thebulletin.org/web-edition/columnists/hugh-gusterson/empire-of-bases Empire of Bases By Hugh Gusterson | 10 March 2009 Before reading this article, try to answer this question: How many military bases does the United States have in other countries: a) 100; b) 300; c)… Read More Hugh Gusterson: “Empire of Bases”

Chalmers Johnson, Dennis Kucinich: On Bailing Out Bankers and Butchers

…and continuing from the last two posts for today… Along with Andrew Bacevich, Howard Zinn, and Tom Engelhardt at TomDispatch.com, Chalmers Johnson is one of my favourite American critics of American empire. In an article that is being reproduced across a range of sites, Johnson argues in “We Have the Bailout Money–We’re Spending It on… Read More Chalmers Johnson, Dennis Kucinich: On Bailing Out Bankers and Butchers