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Pillars of American “Democracy:” Cloak and Dagger Case Studies

Pillars of American “Democracy:”  Cloak and Dagger Case Studies

The introductory article of this series wondered: How have the men of America’s Invisible Government (=the bankers) managed to steadily increase their power at the expense of the vast majority?

The GI Revolt That Ended the Vietnam War

The GI Revolt That Ended the Vietnam War

The 2005 documentary Sir, No Sir: the GI Revolt examines the GI resistance movement that effectively ended the Vietnam War. While it’s common to hear about fragging* incidents which occurred in Vietnam, you rarely hear about the vast GI anti-war movement built by three years of sustained organizing in barracks, on bases, battlefields and ships and at armed forces academies like West Point.

Blackwater: the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Blackwater: the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill (2008 with 2013 epilogue) is an in-depth examination of the systematic privatization of the US military.

Sometimes the magic works, sometimes…not so much

Sometimes the magic works, sometimes…not so much

- If one idiot manages to kill themselves or maim themselves, that fails to excuse the rest of us from using something like some sense in the whole thing. I’ve run with a rifle with a bayonet on it, and with scissors, and haven’t hurt myself with either. Guess which one I heard a lot about? Oddly, the things that can really hurt us, like a Republican-dominated Congress or Mitt Romney, seem to be missed completely.

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