A Very American Coup

W.J. Astore Back in January 2010, I wrote the following article for TomDispatch.com on the possibility of “a very American coup” occurring in conjunction with the presidential election of 2016. I make no claims to prescience: for example, the “great recession” I predicted didn’t come to pass, and there are as yet very few protesters…

Goodbye Green

Walter Stewart Editor’s introduction: I’m a product of the all-volunteer force, having joined ROTC in 1981.  But I’m a strong believer in a citizen military, one in which the burden of defending the Constitution, as well as the privilege of doing so, is shared equitably among all young citizens.  Walt Stewart is a product of…

How Republicans Talk About Foreign Policy

W.J. Astore At the New York Times, Robert Draper had a fascinating article last month on how Republican candidates for president are positioning themselves on foreign policy.  Rand Paul excepted, all of the Republican candidates are calling for a more “aggressive” U.S. foreign policy, one that promises more military interventions and higher military spending.  The…

Sustaining Perpetual War: The Bloodless Narrative

Peter Van Buren Editor’s Note: TCP is especially proud to offer an original article by Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well, a compelling account of U.S.-led rebuilding efforts in post-invasion Iraq.  Van Buren, who worked closely with American troops in Iraq, knows the bloody nature of war, which makes him doubly aware of…

Where Is America’s Jeremy Corbyn?

Chris Hedges.  Courtesy of Truthdig. Introduction: The rise of Jeremy Corbyn to lead Britain’s Labour Party is heartening.  Here’s a man with a heartfelt contrary perspective.  Sadly, he has no American equivalent among the major parties’ candidates.  Bernie Sanders comes closest, but Sanders supports drone strikes and refuses to take a stand against Israeli aggression.…

The Real Deflategate: Why Media Coverage of Real News Leaves Democracy Deflated

Michael Brenner [Editor’s Note: It’s not footballs that are deflated, notes Michael Brenner.  It’s our news, which is deliberately deflated and distorted so as to not disturb the ruling elites.  Brenner offers some compelling examples and issues calls for meaningful reforms.  His article makes for invigorating reading over this Labor Day Weekend.] An informed public…