Category U.S. Empire

The Defeat of US Imperialism is a Strategic Necessity, not a Single Issue by Danny Haiphong

US imperialism has become a single issue, with many leftists choosing to express solidarity with Palestinians but not for Syrians, Iranians, or Iraqis.

Chaco Canyon, Chaco Earth, by Chris Hedges

“Violence was public, intended to appall and subdue the populace. Chacoan death squads (my term, not LeBlanc’s) executed and mutilated those judged to be threats to Chacoan power, those who broke the rules.”

Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky Discuss Nuclear War

Chomsky: Page after page of the book contains graphic examples of –you can only call it–this kind of insanity and at one point describes the book as a chronicle of human madness, which captures the character of the era we have been living in very accurately. And we should bear in mind that this is only one of two existential threats, the other…is another dramatic illustration of human madness, the threat of global warming…

Resisting Nuclear Weapons Means Resisting Injustice and Oppression

Nuclear arsenals are part of broader systems of patriarchy, racism, militarism, and capitalism.

No foreign bases: Challenging the footprint of US Empire

“95% of all foreign military bases in the world are US bases. In addition, [there are] 19 Naval air carriers (and 15 more planned), each as part of a Carrier Strike Group, composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, and a carrier air wing of 65 to 70 aircraft — each of which can be considered a floating military base.”

The US Military Is the Biggest “Big Government” Entitlement Program on the Planet

It actively picks private sector winners by targeting billions of dollars to an elite group of profit-seeking contractors.

Chris Hedges | On Contact: Decline of the American empire with Alfred McCoy

How the Chinese empire will soon overtake the U.S. empire. History, background, and current status.

Ray McGovern, David Swanson, and Daniel Ellsberg discuss Stone’s “Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune”

Includes references to the current Novick/Burns series on Vietnam.   

The Empire’s Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesn’t Include Anti-War

Nothing rehabilitates an unpopular president in capitalist “America” like war.

George Lakey | A Manual for a New Era of Direct Action

Contains valuable information and links to information about organizing in these Trumpian times.

http://www.october22.org/

Racism and Colonization with Meleiza Figueroa at the Democracy Convention (Video)

Racism deconstructed in 10 minutes: recommended

Sanctions Are Crimes, Not Law Enforcement by David Swanson

Why do I call the crimes being punished imaginary?

Forty-Five Blows Against Democracy: How US Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats and Military Regimes by David Vine

This pattern of daily support for dictatorship and repression around the world should be a national scandal in a country supposedly committed to democracy.

New Infographics showing world military spending in 2016

World military spending 2016:
$1.69 Trillion

Chris Hedges | The Dance of Death

Societies in decline enthusiastically embrace the death instinct, as Freud observed in “Civilization and Its Discontents,” written on the eve of the rise of European fascism and World War II. 

Tomgram | Nick Turse, Special Ops, Shadow Wars, and the Golden Age of the Gray Zone

The Year of the Commando:
U.S. Special Operations Forces Deploy to 138 Nations, 70% of the World’s Countries

DN! What Will Happen When Donald Trump Takes Over U.S. Drone and Targeted Assassination Program?

The Obama administration argued that it shouldn’t be required to explain, to account for its actions to any court.

John Pilger | The Coming War on China

The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way.

Michelle Alexander | Learning to Walk

The truth is we are stumbling badly in large part because we are just beginning to learn to walk.