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.
The co-joining of corporate-owned sports teams and events with the military strikes me as more than disturbing. We've created a dangerous dynamic in this country: one in which sporting events are exploited to sell military service for some while providing cheap grace for all.
If we're not careful, the civilian and military will become the Washington equivalent of Siamese twins, co-joined at the head and, however bitter their internecine arguments, sharing the same underlying militarized thought processes.
I predict that ROTC on campus will lead to more and better understanding of what is at stake at our current political crossroads where the only people who may unabashedly talk about serving the public are wearing uniforms.
The idolization of the German military was a telling manifestation of a growing militarism within an American society which remained remarkably oblivious to the slow strangulation of its citizen-soldier ideal.
Our medical thinking has become totally militaristic. It is not just happenstance that doctors proudly assert that they seek to attack illness, combat disease, kill infective agents, and create a war on cancer.
All of James Cameron's films after The Abyss increasingly resemble the Hindenburg: bloated, self-indulgent, lacking originality and subtlety in all but F/X. Avatar is the culmination of these -- with CGI.