Everybody should watch the Public Broadcasting Service Independent Lens documentary Newtown. The appropriate responses should then be a determination to reduce violence. Is gun control part of that? Probably, but it can’t be the only part. Is widening access to quality mental health care essential? Yes, but that’s not what I’m talking about either. Continue reading
I’ve previously blogged about the dangers of romanticizing the United States Civil War. Sinclair Lewis’s voice in It Can’t Happen Here, Doremus Jessup, in Chapter 13 considers the dangers posed by people who believe they have The Solution and questions the value his 1930s contemporaries place on the Civil War:
Slavery had been a cancer, and in that day was known no remedy save bloody cutting. There had been no X-rays of wisdom and tolerance. Yet to sentimentalize this cutting, to justify and rejoice in it, was an altogether evil thing, a national superstition that was later to lead to other Unavoidable Wars–wars to free Cubans, to free Filipinos who didn’t want our brand of freedom, to End All Wars.
Let us, thought Doremus, not throb again to the bugles of the Civil War, nor find diverting the gallantry of Sherman’s dashing Yankee boys in burning the houses of lone women, nor particularly admire the calmness of General Lee as he watched thousands writhe in the mud.
This is an audio recording of a Chris Hedges speech. You can temporarily download the .mp3 audio file directly, and I have created a torrent so that the file floats on the internet in perpetuity.
This talk was given on March 29, 2014 before the Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union.
The introductory text on YouTube is:
Chris Hedges speaks on 3/29/2014 at the “One Nation Under Surveillance” civil liberties conference at CCSU in CT. He’s introduced by Mongi Dhaouadi, Executive Director of CAIR-CT. Hedges was one of he plaintiffs in a suit against the government “indefinite detention” policy.
He’s a former Middle East bureau chief of the New York Times
He’s written “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, “What Every Person Should Know About War”, “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning”, and other books. The Struggle #531
He’s a columnist at Truthdig.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedges_v… give some of the description of the lawsuit.
a few days later Snowden’s lawyer spoke here
Fred Kaplan writes for Slate that President Obama has called it quits in Afghanistan, to which I say darn right and about time.
But how many dead and wounded soldiers ago did he realize it was hopeless?
In the spring of 2009, Obama announced his decision to send what turned out to…
Dan Froomkin’s Temporary Tumblr Depository: How Many Dead and Wounded Soldiers Ago Did Obama Give Up on Afghanistan?