W.J. Astore and b. traven
The Contrary Perspective (TCP) has reached its six month birthday and welcomes its 88 followers. We’re happy to see that our readership in that short period is now over 10,000. (We should maybe discount that a bit due to our own eager “hits” to see how things are going.)
Regular readers will notice that we are a bit top heavy in our pieces related to war and the military. There is a reason for that. Both W.J. Astore and b. traven are military veterans and have more than a passing interest in how our country’s military ventures affect the common good. Prof. Astore, a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel has a fresh view of the “new” military and b. traven, a veteran of the WW II Army Air Corps has a long view of real wartime. We use real because we believe that WW II was the only war in which democracy was seriously and directly threatened by militaristic forces bent on radical and genocidal changes to society.
Our military ventures since the end of that war have generally been either wars of choice in which we were not attacked or recent “police” actions mounted in the name of combatting terrorism. Such wars are as insidious as they are wasteful. They weaken our Constitution and our economy. They generate fear and serve goals that ultimately strengthen the 1% at the expense of the 99%.
Much of what is wrong in the USA today, in the world for that matter, can be traced to war and preparations for it. America’s recent “wars” have served to destabilize the Middle East as well as the Asian sub-continent, and now the US military is increasingly involved in Africa.
But wars do not produce stability; rather the opposite. They produce apocalypse.
The Contrary Perspective (TCP) believes there are many “contrarians” out there who would like to express their views publicly. Well, TCP is inviting you to express those views here. We’re a free-thinking blog with allegiances to no political party. Rather, we believe American foreign and domestic policies have drifted far from what our founders intended and what our Constitution sanctions.
We know there are thoughtful people on both left and right who would agree with that statement, and we’ve asked our conservative friends to contribute, but without success. We would like to see more article submissions or comments, especially from contrarian-minded conservatives. Naturally, we reserve the right to accept only those that are reasoned and based firmly on facts.
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