Tag Archives: Power

“The Frankenstein monster you created/Has turned against you, now you’re hated.”

by matttbastard Mary Riddell: London’s riots are not the Tupperware troubles of Greece or Spain, where the middle classes lash out against their day of reckoning. They are the proof that a section of young Britain – the stabbers, shooters, … Continue reading

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Stepping Away From the Dick-Snark

by matttbastard D-Day: There’s a top-rated diary on Daily Kos right now entitled Dennis Prager Endorses Marital Rape. Somebody explain to me how the CIA isn’t doing functionally the same thing. Also make sure to check out Echidne and my … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: John McCain and “the Power of War”

by matttbastard John McCain has been said to have neoconservative inclinations; to critics, this suggests a commitment to the unilateral deployment of military force to bring about a democratic transformation in once-hostile countries. The question of whether he’s a neocon, … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Literalizing a Metaphor

by matttbastard To me, one of the problems of the paradigm of global war is that it has not signified war in the metaphorical sense, like war on AIDS, war on drugs, and war on poverty. It has signified war … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: The Rhetoric of Confrontation and Confusion

by matttbastard There’s a moral problem with all the pro-Georgia cheerleading, which has gotten lost in the op-ed blasts against Putin’s neo-imperialism. A recurring phenomenon of the early Cold War was that America encouraged oppressed peoples to rise up and … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Imperial Nostalgia

by matttbastard …Even after the fiasco in Iraq, the bloody failure in Lebanon, the downward spiral in Afghanistan and, now, the futile posturing in Georgia, there’s absolutely no evidence the US foreign policy elite is inclined to moderate its ambition … Continue reading

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Slacker Friday: NIE Miscellania

by matttbastard It’s back and lazier than ever! Alas, this (long belated) edition will have to be the slackest motherfucker ever, since yours truly just got called into work early. Mea culpa–sometimes meatworld obligations have to trump blogging. (h/t Dave … Continue reading

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Lethal Careerism

by matttbastard In an era when capitalism is assumed to be not only efficient but also a source of freedom, the careerist seems like the agent of an easy-going tolerance and pluralism. Unlike the ideologue, whose great sin is to … Continue reading

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