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Series | War and the State: Part 1, War And The Health Of The State: What Causes War

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  • Strange bedfellows indeed, war and welfare. Yet they seem to have gotten on quite well. It would never occur to us that we owe our welfare benefits to the killing of innocents abroad. Yet that seems to be the case. State does what is expedient when it comes to serving its ultimate cause: war. It cannot be otherwise.
  • First installment of a six part analysis
  • Related: An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World

Arthur D. Robbins, Dandelion Salad

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March 24, 2017 | War has indeed become perpetual and peace no longer even a fleeting wish nor a distant memory. We have become habituated to the rumblings of war and the steady drum beat of propaganda about war’s necessity and the noble motives that inspire it. We will close hospitals. We will close schools. We will close libraries and museums. We will sell off our park lands and water supply. [1] People will sleep on the streets and go hungry. The war machine will go on.

What are we to do?

Arthur D. Robbins, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World, John W. Dower,  TomDispatchTruthout / Rise Up Times

https://i0.wp.com/www.truth-out.org/images/Images_2017_03/2017_0328td_.jpg The United States has demonstrated an almost religious devotion to the task of developing and deploying ever more sophisticated weapons of mass destruction. (Photo: Senior Airman Tyler Woodward / US Air Force)

Here, then, is a trend line intimately connected to global violence that is not heading downward. In 1996, the UN’s estimate was that there were 37.3 million forcibly displaced individuals on the planet. Twenty years later, as 2015 ended, this had risen to 65.3 million — a 75% increase over the last two post-Cold War decades that the declinist literature refers to as the “new peace.”

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An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single Superpower World

 

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The United States has demonstrated an almost religious devotion to the task of developing and deploying ever more sophisticated weapons of mass destruction. (Photo: Senior Airman Tyler Woodward / US Air Force)

Here, then, is a trend line intimately connected to global violence that is not heading downward. In 1996, the UN’s estimate was that there were 37.3 million forcibly displaced individuals on the planet. Twenty years later, as 2015 ended, this had risen to 65.3 million — a 75% increase over the last two post-Cold War decades that the declinist literature refers to as the “new peace.”

John W. Dower,  TomDispatchTruthout / Rise Up Times

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpg This essay is adapted from “Measuring Violence,” the first chapter of John Dower’s new book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMarch 30, 2017 | On February 17, 1941, almost 10 months before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Life magazine carried a lengthy essay by its publisher, Henry Luce, entitled “The American Century.” The son of Presbyterian missionaries, born in China in 1898 and raised there until the age of 15, Luce essentially transposed the certainty of religious dogma into the certainty of a nationalistic mission couched in the name of internationalism.

Luce acknowledged that the United States could not police the whole world or attempt to impose democratic institutions on all of mankind. Nonetheless, “the world of the 20th Century,” he wrote, “if it is to come to life in any nobility of health and vigor, must be to a significant degree an American Century.” The essay called on all Americans “to accept wholeheartedly our duty and our opportunity as the most powerful and vital nation in the world and in consequence to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such measures as we see fit.”

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The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

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Any connections that the radicalized middle class once had to anti-imperialism or socialism are long gone. The categories of analysis they employ have nothing to do with class or historical materialism. War, social inequality and poverty all take a back seat to what really interests them: race, gender and their own sex lives.

Eric London, World Socialist Web Site

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20 April 2017 | A wide range of nominally left-wing political groups and publications have acquiesced to a series of dangerous military actions by the Trump administration that have brought the world to the brink of war.

On April 13, the US dropped the largest nonnuclear bomb ever deployed in history in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan. The Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb weighs over 10 tons and is so destructive it reportedly obliterated the homes of peasants living several miles from the drop zone.

Eric London, Contributor, World Socialist Web Site <http://www.wsws.org>

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Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead, Global Research News <newsletter@globalresearch.ca>

April 10, 2017 | Selected Articles

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NYT Says Congress Has 'Duty' to Make War--Rather Than the Right to Reject It

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The whole point of granting war-making powers to Congress, it should be noted, was so that Congress could serve as a barrier to war. Somehow for the paper of record, this task has morphed into a “duty” to approve wars that are already taking place, lest the self-evidently good and noble war effort be undermined.

Adam Johnson, FAIR.org

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March 27, 2017 | The New York Times argues that Congress has a duty to authorize war–rather than a responsibility to determine whether war should be fought.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.pngAs reports come in detailing the degree to which Donald Trump has escalated the “War on ISIS”—and killed hundreds more civilians in the process—this would seem like a good time for the country to sit back and examine the United States’ approach to fighting “terrorism” and its recent iteration, the so-called Islamic State.

Not for the New York Times editorial board, which didn’t take the wave of civilians deaths as a reason to question the wisdom of America’s various “counter-terror,” nation-building and regime-change projects in the Middle East, but instead chose to browbeat Congress into rubber-stamping a war that’s been going on for almost three years.

The editorial, “Congress’s Duty in the War With ISIS” (3/26/17), began with a false premise.

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst for FAIR.org

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House Republicans to Troops: Pay for Your Own Damn GI Bill

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  • That is the hypocrisy of the Republican ethos. They will wave the flag and trumpet patriotism, but when they see the faces of the people who make up the force that protects them and provides their freedom, what they want to say is, “Thank you for your service ... but not really.”
  • 1 in 4 vets of Iraq, Afghanistan wars visiting Minneapolis VA need food help, study finds.

Michael Harriot, The Root

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Just like when Republicans talk about “family values” and then you find out they’ve been having secret sex meet-ups in airport bathrooms or abusing teenage boys, when conservatives say they “support the troops,” they usually mean they’re sending them overseas to fight for oil profits, but now it also means they’re taxing them for their own benefits.

According to the Military Times, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) has drafted legislation that would charge soldiers $100 a month for access to the GI Bill. The bill would deduct a total of $2,400 from each soldier’s paycheck to make them eligible. To be clear, this money would not be used to offset spending, because it would only be a fraction of the total cost. Supporters of the proposal (pronounced “as soles”) say that having soldiers “buy in” would make future budget-makers less likely to cut veterans benefits, which is a lie.

Michael Harriot is a staff writer at The Root, host of "The Black One" podcast and editor-in-chief of the daily digital magazine NegusWhoRead.

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1 in 4 vets of Iraq, Afghanistan wars visiting Minneapolis VA need food help, study finds, Susan Perry, MinnPost 

Study author Rachel Widome: “The estimates for the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq range between $4 and $6 trillion. They went on for over a decade. I just think it’s unconscionable that such a sizeable proportion of our military that we sent to fight these wars are struggling to afford food.”

 

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