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The Complex

Author : Nick Turse
ISBN : 9781429941631
Genre : Political Science
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A mind-boggling investigation of the allpervasive, constantly morphing presence of the Pentagon in daily life—a real-world Matrix come alive Here is the new, hip, high-tech military-industrial complex—an omnipresent, hidden-in-plain-sight system of systems that penetrates all our lives. From iPods to Starbucks to Oakley sunglasses, historian Nick Turse explores the Pentagon's little-noticed contacts (and contracts) with the products and companies that now form the fabric of America. Turse investigates the remarkable range of military incursions into the civilian world: the Pentagon's collaborations with Hollywood filmmakers; its outlandish schemes to weaponize the wild kingdom; its joint ventures with the World Wrestling Federation and NASCAR. He shows the inventive ways the military, desperate for new recruits, now targets children and young adults, tapping into the "culture of cool" by making "friends" on MySpace. A striking vision of this brave new world of remote-controlled rats and super-soldiers who need no sleep, The Complex will change our understanding of the militarization of America. We are a long way from Eisenhower's military-industrial complex: this is the essential book for understanding its twenty-first-century progeny.
Category: Political Science

The World According To Tomdispatch

Author : Tom Engelhardt
ISBN : 1844672573
Genre : History
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A survey of the post-9/11 world by an influential political blog features coverage of such topics as Hurricane Katrina, the events at Guantnamo from both sides of the controversy, and the rise of Hugo Chvez. Original.
Category: History

The American Imperial Gothic

Author : Johan Hoglund
ISBN : 9781317045182
Genre : Social Science
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The imagination of the early twenty-first century is catastrophic, with Hollywood blockbusters, novels, computer games, popular music, art and even political speeches all depicting a world consumed by vampires, zombies, meteors, aliens from outer space, disease, crazed terrorists and mad scientists. These frequently gothic descriptions of the apocalypse not only commodify fear itself; they articulate and even help produce imperialism. Building on, and often retelling, the British ’imperial gothic’ of the late nineteenth century, the American imperial gothic is obsessed with race, gender, degeneration and invasion, with the destruction of society, the collapse of modernity and the disintegration of capitalism. Drawing on a rich array of texts from a long history of the gothic, this book contends that the doom faced by the world in popular culture is related to the current global instability, renegotiation of worldwide power and the American bid for hegemony that goes back to the beginning of the Republic and which have given shape to the first decade of the millennium. From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth's Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire. Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology.
Category: Social Science

Debating War

Author : David J. Lorenzo
ISBN : 9781317401988
Genre : Political Science
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What arguments have critics of American wars and interventions put forward, and what arguments do they currently employ? Thomas Jefferson, Henry Thoreau, John Calhoun, the Anti-Imperialist League, Herbert Hoover, Charles Lindbergh, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ron Paul (among others) have criticized proposals to intervene in other countries, enter wars, acquire foreign territory, and engage in a forward defense posture. Despite cogent objections, they have also generally lost the argument. Why do they lose? This book provides answers to these questions through a survey of oppositional arguments over time, augmented by the views of contemporary critics, including those of Ron Paul, Chalmers Johnson and Noam Chomsky. Author David J. Lorenzo demonstrates how and why a significant number of arguments are dismissed as irrelevant, unpatriotic, overly pessimistic, or radically out of the mainstream. Other lines of reasoning might provide a compelling critique of wars and interventions from a wide variety of perspectives – and still lose. Evaluating oppositional arguments in detail allows the reader to understand problems likely to be faced in the context of policy discussions, to grasp important political differences and the potential for alliances among critics, and ultimately to influence decision-making and America’s place in the international power structure.
Category: Political Science

The Changing Face Of Empire

Author : Nick Turse
ISBN : 9781608463114
Genre : Political Science
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Following the failures of the Iraq and Afghan wars, as well as “military lite” methods and counterinsurgency, the Pentagon is pioneering a new brand of global warfare predicated on special ops, drones, spy games, civilian soldiers, and cyberwarfare. It may sound like a safer, saner war-fighting. In reality, it will prove anything but, as Turse's pathbreaking reportage makes clear.
Category: Political Science

The New Nuclear Danger

Author : Helen Caldicott
ISBN : 9781595586612
Genre : Political Science
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This revised edition includes a new introduction that outlines the costs of operation Iraqi Freedom, details the companies profiting from the war and subsequent reconstruction, and chronicles the rampant conflicts of interest among members of the Bush administration who also have a financial stake in weapons manufacturing. After eight printings in the original edition, The New Nuclear Danger remains a singularly persuasive antidote to war and its horrific costs.
Category: Political Science

The Case For Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Author : Nick Turse
ISBN : 1844674517
Genre : Political Science
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In a collection of essays that argue against President Obama's policy in Afghanistan, leading analysts examine the current U.S. strategy and offer sobering conclusions about its parallels to the British and Soviet wars in the region and reasons why it is so unlikely to succeed. Original.
Category: Political Science

Academic Repression

Author : Anthony J. Nocella
ISBN : PSU:000061779303
Genre : Education
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After 9/11, the Bush administration pressured universities to hand over faculty, staff and student work to be flagged for potential threats. This edited anthology brings together hard-hitting essays from prominent academics to address the pressing issue of whether academic freedom still exists in the American university system. As such, it addresses not only overt attacks on critical thinking, but also - following trends unfolding for decades - engages the broad socio-economic determinants of academic culture.
Category: Education

Globalization And Empire

Author : Stephen J. Hartnett
ISBN : 0817315012
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A pointed diagnosis of the fate of democracy in an age of globalization and empire. This book probes the discrepancies separating President Bush's stated reasons for waging war on Iraq, the deeper political and economic reasons for the invasion, and the consequences of the Bush administration's policies for the future of globalization. As the reconstruction of Iraq wobbles forward, tarnished by waves of deadly bombings and mounting charges of crony capitalism, many observers have come to consider the occupation a case study of the future of globalization, literally a harbinger of how the U.S. intends to build the post-9/11 world in its own image. Globalization and Empire offers a critique of the arguments for waging war on Iraq, an examination of the foreign policy principles driving that war, an analysis of the economic dilemmas of globalization, and an exposé of the inner workings of the reconstruction of Iraq. Moving from analysis to action, the book's appendix offers a comprehensive reader's guide to the anti-war and anti-corporate globalization movements, thus providing readers with practical options for re-energizing the practices of democracy both in America and abroad.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines