“There is something unseemly about a nation conducting a foreign policy that involves it in the affairs of most of the nations of the world while its own domestic needs are neglected or postponed, just as there is something unseemly about an individual carrying all the burdens of the Community Chest and the PTA while… Read More Donald Trump and Empire: An Assessment
Open to the Military For those following the current conflict between the Open Anthropology Project (OAP) and the Open Anthropology Cooperative (OAC), outlined in these three posts (1, 2, 3) and the extensive commentary that follows them, readers will know that one of the key actors in this has been Keith Hart, who established the… Read More Misrepresentation: Prostituting “Open Anthropology” to the Military
Perhaps one should rejoice at the sudden, refreshing change where the crowd of “milbloggers” (military bloggers, counter-bloggers, and militarist cheerleaders) has gone silent. What makes the moment difficult to celebrate is that they have chosen to go silent at this time and on this issue — I am referring specifically to this piece: Some Breaking… Read More The Deafening Silence of the “Milbloggers”: Inconvenient Truths?
With mainstream media airplay dominated by popes, monarchs, prime ministers, and news about “the troops,” we see the globalization of values of pacification, state-dominance, counterinsurgency, and threat, producing a new roster of messages crowding “news time” beyond the normalized spate of commercial messages. Christmas is the new fighting ground with the nine-elevening of the world,… Read More Christmas is for War and Poverty: Bending Values Toward the New Normal