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Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

Teenagers in Space

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Not only would George Lucas put "war" back into a movie title, he would almost single-handedly reconstitute war play as a feel-good activity for children.

Stand Still

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

I know more than I wish that I knew about scarcity and it is very frightening to think about not having the ability to provide shelter and food for yourself and those that you love. Though I have not been homeless, my family was quite poor and we had times when there was no food.

Reflections One Month After the Boston Marathon Bombing

Chip Berlet | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Chip Berlet

A month after the Boston Marathon Bombing, the unified response here in the Boston area is the slogan "Boston Strong."

The Elephant in the Room: Militarism

Jeff Cohen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Media
Jeff Cohen

I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV -- at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist. Today there's an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don't. It's arguably our country's biggest problem -- a problem that Martin Luther King Jr. focused on before he was assassinated 45 years ago, and has only worsened since then (which was the height of the Vietnam War). That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war.

Drone World

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

In the not so distant future, America's skies will be full of . . . drones. What could go wrong? "Although the prospect of drones flying over U.S. c...

Ending Violence in a Decade

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.28.2013 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Yes, now is the time to choose our future, so let us choose one that transcends the insanity and sheer stupidity of violent behavior. This requires personal empowerment. It also requires collective empowerment.

Syria and the Triumph of Crackpot Realism

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

In its refined form, crackpot realism wears the camouflage of idealism: military invasions are really aimed at humanitarian rescue, spreading democracy, or peacekeeping.

Soul Poison

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Acknowledging the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion seems at once crucial and meaningless. The Iraq war is "over" but in fact it has just moved elsewhere. How do we get the poison out of our system? As long as it's present, we'll go to war again.

Sequester But a Scalpel for Bloated Military Budget

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The fact that government devotes too much to Social Security is no argument for spending too much on the military. With the threat of runaway deficits, debts, and interest payments, the U.S. cannot afford any budget sacred cows.

MLK Injustice Index 2013

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

While remembering how far this nation has come since Dr. King was alive, we cannot forget how far we have still to go to combat the oppressions of racism, materialism and militarism.

Honor and Rape

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Zero energy goes into the investigation of actual rape in the military, except in rare circumstances. The military's domination culture, personified by Patton, is constructed on the illusion of granite-etched moral values -- "we protect our loved ones" -- and powered by a belief in its own righteousness.

Does Obama Need to Really "Want It" to Be a Good Leader?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

There's a reason the current president promised to be "no-drama Obama." It's a promise he's delivered on, and that has served the country well. Those who want to know what a re-elected Obama is likely to do should not be distracted by his underwhelming recent performances. They should look back at his first-term record and note how consistent it is with his pragmatic and moderate personal character: an effective, but ultimately modest, balanced stimulus that's helped turn the economy around; the achievement, at long-last, of near-universal healthcare using an idea originating in conservative circles; the comeback of that emblem of American capitalism, the auto industry; winding down two wars and killing al Qaeda's leader in a bold but limited strike that deployed smart power rather than chest-thumping militarism; advancing and protecting reproductive and LGBT rights.

Homer Simpson and the WMDs in Iraq... (Doh)... I Mean Iran

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Nicolas J.S. Davies

Can American policy makers and politicians take for granted that they are ruling a nation of Homer Simpsons who can be duped into war by the very same trick that we just fell for ten years ago? Our leaders are being extra-careful not to say "WMD"s, but surely Bart and Lisa can connect the dots.

How Hawkish Are Americans?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Americans favor a less militarized U.S. government approach to world affairs than currently exists. Perhaps the time has come for politicians to catch up with them!

Monopolizing War? What America Knows How to Do Best

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.13.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

It's pop-quiz time when it comes to the American way of war: three questions, torn from the latest news, just for you. Good luck!

Afghanistan's Base Bonanza

Nick Turse | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Nick Turse

With the U.S. military officially drawing down its troops, the Pentagon is embarking on a major deconstruction program. But anyone who wanted to know just what was built in Afghanistan won’t have an easy time of it.

The Geopolitics of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Beyond the spectacle of the presidential race, the Washington consensus pursues business as usual. This is the season in which I wonder, with an ever-intensifying sense of urgency, what it would take to turn our political system into a democracy.

Obama, Osama and the Cycle of Machismo

Aaron Belkin | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Progressives cannot blame the president for our highly militarized culture in which masculinity has been conflated with martial violence and military prowess. The roots of this tradition are so deep President Obama can't do much to soften it.

Growing Up, Falling in Love

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Green
Robert Koehler

We have to begin thinking and organizing ourselves beyond the arbitrary constraints of nations and beyond our current, resource-devouring economic system. We have to imagine a global culture that doesn't pit humanity against nature.

There Is No Left Left

Robin Koerner | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

American liberalism is dead. Long live American liberalism -- the proper kind.

Saying No to Militarism

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The grotesque insult of "austerity" in the shadow of limitless military spending is destroying our national sanity.

The Peril of Idolizing Our Military

William Astore | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics
William Astore

As a retired veteran, such pro-military rhetoric in the president's state of the union address resonates with me, but as a student of history it makes me more than uncomfortable.

Ike's Nightmare

Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower was right to be worried. We're living in his nightmare.

Public Enemy No. 1

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our war against marijuana -- at extraordinary human and economic cost -- illuminates a crying need for us to change the way we govern and look after ourselves.