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An Empire Built on the Power of Hate and Fear at Home and Abroad

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  • Part 1: An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad
  • By the time the masses finally discover that the greatest menace stalking the country is the fear-mongering propaganda, they will have read an epitaph for their untimely nuclear death.
  • Part 2: The Power of Hate and Fear
  • God is love, the Christian religion says.  Why then are we so open to hate and fear?
  • Related: Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad

 

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By the time the masses finally discover that the greatest menace stalking the country is the fear-mongering propaganda, they will have read an epitaph for their untimely nuclear death.

James Petras, Information Clearinghouse

April 17, 2018 | Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week:  nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying.  Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Hundreds of prosecuting attorneys look forward to career-enhancing investigations in perpetuity, tracking the complex networks of extended personal and family links, including long forgotten acquaintances and the contents of casual conversations.  Everyone may be subject to interrogations without warrant or explanation.  And the ‘media’ cheers on the process.

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York.

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Part 2: The Power of Hate and Fear

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Yoda%20from%20Star%20Wars.jpgAnger, fear, aggression: that way leads to the dark side, as Yoda, that Jedi master, warned us.  Hate too, Yoda says, must be resisted, lest one be consumed by it.  Sure, he’s just an imaginary character in the “Star Wars” universe, but that doesn’t negate the truth of his message.
  • God is love, the Christian religion says.  Why then are we so open to hate and fear?

WJ Astore, LA Progressive

April 8, 2018 | Who are we supposed to hate today?  The Russians for allegedly throwing the presidential election?  The Chinese for allegedly stealing our jobs?  The North Koreans for allegedly planning our nuclear destruction?  The Iranians for allegedly working to acquire nuclear weapons?  The “axis of evil” for being, well, evil?

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously told Americans that the only thing they had to fear is fear itself.  However, recent American presidents have encouraged us to fear everything.  Let’s not forget the stoking of fear by people like Condoleezza Rice and her image of a smoking gun morphing into a nuclear mushroom cloud.  That image helped to propel America into a disastrous war in Iraq in 2003 that festers still.

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Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival, Paul Street, Truthdig

https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Statue-of-Liberty-and-Mushroom-Cloud-1024-850x567.jpgThere are good reasons to wonder if human civilization will exist a century from today. (Pixabay)

What will historians say a century from now, if they still exist? That the most intelligent known species in the universe lost its mind.
 

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Russia Madness on the Eve of Destruction: Hegemony Trumps Survival

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There are good reasons to wonder if human civilization will exist a century from today. (Pixabay)

What will historians say a century from now, if they still exist? That the most intelligent known species in the universe lost its mind.

Paul Street, Truthdig

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April 04, 2018 | Noam Chomsky’s 2016 book “Who Rules the World?” contains a passage in which the great left thinker asks readers to “imagine you’re a historian a hundred years from now—assuming there are any historians a hundred years from now, which is not obvious—and you’re looking back on what’s happening today.” This reflection appears in a chapter titled “The Eve of Destruction.”

It’s a bracing thought. Given the current state and rate of environmental destruction, the continuing advance in the destructive power of nuclear weapons systems, and the likelihood of pandemics in a warmer and more globalized world, there are good reasons to wonder if a human civilization with historians will exist a century from today. We may well be standing near the “end of history,” and not the glorious bourgeois-democratic one that Francis Fukuyama imagined with the end of the Cold War.

Paul Street holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books.

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The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II ~ John Dower

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  • A timely, compact, and utterly compelling exposé of the myriad contradictions besetting U.S. national security policy. John Dower has written a powerful book. —Andrew J. Bacevich, author of America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History
  • Related: Tomgram: Nick Turse, Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars

Reviewed in TomDispatch

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http://www.tomdispatch.com/images/managed/violentcenturydower_118.jpgMay 16, 2017 | World War II marked the apogee of industrialized “total war.” Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe. Mobilization extended to virtually every sector of every nation. Air war, including the terror bombing of civilians, emerged as a central strategy of the victorious Anglo-American powers. The devastation was catastrophic almost everywhere, with the notable exception of the United States, which exited the strife unscathed and unmatched in power and influence. The death toll of fighting forces plus civilians worldwide was staggering. 

The Violent American Century addresses the U.S.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945—beginning with brutal localized hostilities, proxy wars, and the nuclear terror of the Cold War, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of the present day. The military playbook now meshes brute force with a focus on non-state terrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas American military bases, and—most touted of all—a revolutionary new era of computerized “precision” warfare. In contrast to World War II, postwar death and destruction has been comparatively small. By any other measure, it has been appalling—and shows no sign of abating.

John Dower is the winner of numerous national prizes for his historical writings, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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Related:

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Killing People, Breaking Things, and America's Winless Wars,

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Nick Turse, TomDispatch.com

  • If you’ve ever wondered how those inside the planet’s self-proclaimed mightiest military force assess their handiwork over these last 15 (or for that matter 50) years, it’s fortunately no longer necessary to guess. Thanks to TomDispatch’s Nick Turse, we now have a document from within that military which will answer your every question on war, American-style, even if those answers beg questions all their own.
  • Related: You Must Be Kidding!


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