The progressive dilemma at this time of political crisis is not one of vision. We have identified the key fundamental values needed to construct an alternative to the abundantly discredited neoliberal world older. But on a tactical level we have failed to translate these values into a political program compelling to those most affected by the global financial crisis.
According to the 2006 report, 14 of the 38 most valuable large bases in the world are concentrated in Japan. This includes the top three: the Navy base at Yokosuka, home port for a nuclear aircraft carrier ($3.88 billion); the Air Force base at Kadena, the largest air terminal in Asia ($3.82 billion); and the airbase at Misawa ($3.71 billion).
The One Nation Working Together rally reminded us that the solution to our economic crisis lies in drastically reducing our military budget.
The U.S. nuclear arsenal may soon experience a shortage of tritium, which enhances the explosive power of nuclear weapons. Tant pis.
People who lives in glass houses . . . sectarian violence in Iraq echoed butchery during the U.S. Civil War.
Individuals from the former or current U.S. administrations may be implicated in the “Merchant of Death” affair.
In a little-noted passage from Bob Woodward’s new book, Rahm Emanuel pressured former Director of National Intelligence Blair to tweak a key intelligence assessment.
Attacks on U.S. convoys carrying fuel are just the latest examples of a vicious circle in which oil begets war and war begets oil.
The problem with us progressives as this time of crisis is not that we lack an alternative paradigm to pit against the discredited neoliberal paradigm. No, the elements of the alternative based on the values of democracy, justice, equality, and environmental sustainability are there and have been there for sometime, the product of collective intellectual and activist work over the last few decades.
The new START looks less like a disarmament treaty than a front behind which the government can funnel funds to the nuclear-weapons industry in perpetuity.