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Our Disneyland Approach to Empire

Remember in 2011 after SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden and Disney wanted to trademark the unit’s name for a collection of toys and games and miscellanea? It’s one of those blips on our collective cultural radar that seems insignificant, yet it points to our tendency to see war and empire as a game,…

Plaque in Philly in Honor of Smedley Butler.  Photo by author.

War is a Racket

The business of wars and weapons sales is booming, with the United States leading the pack as the world’s foremost “merchant of death,” as Michael Klare notes in this article on the global arms trade for TomDispatch.com. But why should we be surprised?  War has always been a racket.  And if you don’t believe me…

First Edition of The Death Ship, by B. Traven

Who is b. traven?

B. Traven wrote the best selling book, The Death Ship, when people still read serious books.  Traven was a pseudonym for the author who never revealed where he lived or his real name to his publishers.  It was for good reason.  He had been condemned to death in Germany by the Social Democratic government which…

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Memorial Day … for Planet Earth

b. traven The vampires attack mother earth and Bill Astore is on the case.  Professor Astore usually writes about military subjects with his background in the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel.  In an article just published in Huffington Post, Astore examines how the vampires are sucking the blood from mother earth so that we…

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The Koch Brothers and the Berlusconi Factor

b. traven I just read that David Koch (of the infamous brothers) was on the board of the New York “public” TV station WNET.  And just incidentally he is the biggest contributor, to the tune of around $25 million, to PBS.  He was just outed in New York Magazine as influencing content of that station…