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Sunday, April 24, 2005

the Militarization of Amerika

Tom's Dispatch - an excellent site I really ought to link to - has an extensive look at an interesting new book by conservative scholar and military veteran Andrew Bacevich on how the United States has become a military state similar to ancient Rome
Andrew Bacevich on the New American Militarism

3 comments:

d said...

Becevich is really interesting -- I use his book "American Empire" (2002) in my upper-division courses, and it's a great read. He *is* quite conservative in most every other respect (there's a chapter in AE complaining about multiculturalism), but it's set within a larger critique of American culture that includes virtually everyone, so at least he's non-partisan... I din't realize he had a new book out; must resist the urge to buy it right now, as that might take away from my time with Site Meter...

the rev. said...

If I didn't already have a half a dozen books lined up to review for the paper between now and the end of June and a big feature on the famous Hachiko statue - about which I will blog later - I'd seriously think about trying to get a copy of Becevich's book and reviewing it, even if it did take me away from Site Meter momentarily.
Any thoughts on Chalmers Johnson's newest? I've heard good things.

d said...

Empire of Sorrows? It's great, though some of its research is a little unusual, especially for someone who's actually a scholar... I don't know if Counterpunch is necessarily the best source of information, even though I read and enjoy it -- it's just odd to find an old Cold Warrior citing alternative journalism.... But I highly recommend it. If you're into the whole imperialism thing, you might also check out America Alone, by Jonathan Clarke and . . . someone else. Anyway, they're conservatives who loathe the current administration's supplication to the neoconservative vision of national greatness.