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Interpreting Progressive Militarism: An Exchange with David Atkins

David Atkins, whose recent Hullaballoo post I discussed here, has written a succinct reply to my piece. (Please see my original post for context). Atkins writes: A complete misinterpretation of my post. I’m advocating international consensus with credible enforcement as the means for resolving this problem. It’s not as if there isn’t a model for that: it’s called a police force enforcing laws voted by consensus, and it’s the model in every major world democracy. The tendency of hairless monkeys in every community and nation state is restricted by the progressive power of the community to limit the private power

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Intervention Uber Alles: A Forced March to Progressive Militarism

I.The quintessence of “humanitarian intervention” has rarely been displayed so completely than in a recent post by Hullabaloo contributor David Atkins: “The bloody work of hairless monkeys.” Much like Martin Amis — who at some point in the early 21st century realized that Joe Stalin was one bad hombre and then wrote a book informing the world of this revelation — Atkins has apparently just now discovered that human tribes and religious groups have been senselessly killing each other for, like, forever. Not only that: Atkins has also uncovered the hitherto unsuspected notion that “people everywhere are essentially hairless monkeys

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Unspeakable Things: The Liberals’ Clumsy Dance Across Obama’s Killing Floor

The turbulent ramifications of last week’s New York Times story detailing the operations of Barack Obama’s White House death squad continue to reverberate across the country today, sending shock waves through Washington and bringing crowds of outraged protestors to the …. Just kidding! As we all know, there have been no “ramifications” at all from this shocking story, no scandal whatsoever surrounding the fact that the President of the United States and his aides meet every week to draw up lists of people to be killed all over the world — even people who are completely unknown, who might simply

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Coming Through Slaughter: A Triptych of State Terror

Arthur Silber is back, in a big way, with all guns blazing, in three new pieces that hit the boards this week. First up is a blackly comic take on the mindless, fear-ridden conformity that permeates our political “debate” — if one may so degrade the language by applying this term to the witless splutterings of the fourth-rate goobers and inch-deep intellects who prance across our various media stages these days. Silber then takes a quick, sharp look at a particularly egregious example of the sinister interpenetration of our media and political elite. These were followed hard upon by a

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Birds of a Feather: The Hardcore Faith of the Ruling Clucks

In honor of Mitt Romney’s nomination victory this week, we reprise below our last look at the man who might very well be the next temporary manager of the domination-and-despoliation machine belching mephitically on the banks of the Potomac. In this earlier glimpse, we saw in Romney the quintessence of the bipartisan ruling elite — and an avatar of the rabid psychopathology that lurks always behind the bland facade of normality our masters try so frantically to project. Time has proved the observations below to apply equally to both wings of the big bloated chickenhawk of our ruling class, of

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Hymns to the Violence: The NYT’s Love Letter to Obama’s Murder Racket

I must, at last, admit defeat. I simply have no words, no rhetorical ammunition, no conceptual frameworks that could adequately address the total moral nullity exposed in Monday’s New York Times article on the death squad that Barack Obama is personally directing from the White House.  (“Secret ‘Kill List’ Proves a Test of Obama’s Principles and Will.”) It is not so much a newspaper story as a love letter — a love letter to death, to the awe-inspiring and fear-inducing power of death, as personified by Barack Obama in his temporary role as the manager of a ruthless, lawless imperial

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Goodbye to All That: Dispelling America’s Memorial Myths

Arthur Silber offers most appropriate observations for the solemn Memorial Day weekend: Against Annihilation of the Spirit: Let Us All Become Cowards. The piece also makes reference to Paul Fussell, one of the clearest-eyed observers of the reality of war ever produced on American shores. Fussell died this week: a good strong light gone out. No excerpts this time: just get over there and read Silber’s piece.

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Seepage and Suffering: Obama’s Civil War Scenario for Afghanistan

(UPDATED BELOW)   “The winds in ChicagoHave torn me to shreds; Reality has always Had too many heads.” — Bob Dylan, “Cold Irons Bound”   So now we know the grand plan of the Peace Laureate (and his wag-tail pack of lapdogs in NATO) for the people of Afghanistan: civil war.   As many have observed, the NATO summiteers sent out an array of mixed messages at their meeting this week in Chicago: the Afghan war is over, the Afghan war is going forward, NATO forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, NATO forces are staying in Afghanistan for years to come.

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