Military-industrial complex

The Shocking ‘Christian’ Hate Mail Activists Received for Challenging Religious Indoctrination in the Military, The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has been targeted for promoting secular pluralism. By Valerie Tarico / AlterNet February 4, 2015 

Hating Good Government by Paul Krugman, New York Times, Jan 19, 2015 …Evidence doesn’t matter for the “debate” over climate policy… at this point it’s hard to think of a major policy dispute where facts actually do matter; it’s unshakable dogma, across the board…If evidence mattered, supply-side economics would have faded into obscurity decades ago. Instead, it has only strengthened its grip on the Republican Party…On issues that range from monetary policy to the control of infectious disease, a big chunk of America’s body politic holds views that are completely at odds with, and completely unmovable by, actual experience. And no matter the issue, it’s the same chunk….And why do these issues go together, with the set of people insisting that climate change is a hoax pretty much the same as the set of people insisting that any attempt at providing universal health insurance must lead to disaster and tyranny?…the immovable position in each of these cases is bound up with rejecting any role for government that serves the public interest…And why this hatred of government in the public interest? … most self-proclaimed conservatives are actually reactionaries. That is, they’re defenders of traditional hierarchy — the kind of hierarchy that is threatened by any expansion of government… the fact is that we’re living in a political era in which facts don’t matter. This doesn’t mean that those of us who care about evidence should stop seeking it out…

We Are a Chickenhawk Nation, Blindly Worshiping the Military

The Pentagon Is Preparing for the Collapse of Society By Matt Connolly, PolicyMic,  June 13, 2014

The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale By Ray McGovern, Consortium News,, June 5, 2014  The right-wing media is denouncing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a “deserter” who wasn’t worth ransoming from the Taliban, but the real villains are the architects of the disastrous Iraq and Afghan wars who frivolously put the many Bergdahls in harm’s way. 

War Profiteers Make Millions At the Expense of the Public By Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe, AlterNet, April 27, 2012 … Their profits continue to grow while they push Washington, D.C. to protect their budgets at the expense of the rest of us…. Could it be that the $5 million in campaign donations and $32 million in lobbying dollars so far this election cycle from the military contractors keep Congress intentionally ignorant of the problem?…As long as we continue to allow the profit motive to play a role in America’s war, virtue and patriotism–to say nothing of peace–will continue to be in short supply…

We’re past due on handling the finances of war By Walter Pincus, Washington Post, December 5, 2011

Corporations Profit From Permanent War: Memorial Day  by Bill Quigley, t r u t h o u t Op-Ed, May 31, 2010

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