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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Pseudo-Election 2016

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers: TD is taking this weekend off. Next post: Tuesday, August 9th.  Tom]

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa and That Continent Goes Down the Drain

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Scandinavia on the skids and the failure of social democracy: Denmark: SOS Save Our Sovereignty

By Ron Ridenour

(This is the first of seven articles on the reality of Scandinavia’s “socialism”)

I first met Denmark’s last truly Social Democratic Prime Minister, Anker Joergensen, in his state office, unannounced, in late 1980.

Grethe and I had just been married. We had met the year before in Los Angeles where I had been a “participatory journalist”, and activist for social/racial/gender equality and against the Vietnam War. I wanted to start a new life with Grethe in her peaceful, social democratic land.

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Guns for Tots

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The world is at war because it has lost peace (Pope Francis)


But it’s not just the world that has lost peace.

 

 

I lost my peace.

 

 

Tomgram: William Hartung, How to Arm a "Volatile" Planet

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Crimes Against the Future

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Tomgram: Adam Hochschild, Letting Tarzan Swing Through History

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Even TD knows when it’s beat. Thursday is clearly a media day reserved for pure Trumpery. There’s no point in fighting it, so this site is taking it off. The next post will be on Sunday, July 24th. Tom]

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How Extrajudicial Executions Became "War" Policy in Washington

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Misusing a quote about peace: Obama Calls for Peace and Comity at Home, But Favors Wars and Killer Drones Abroad

By Dave Lindorff

 

            President Barack Obama made an eloquent plea for sanity and peace following the latest deadly assault on police officers -- this time a gunman with an assault rifle shooting and killing three cops in Baton Rouge and wounding another three, one critically injured.

Superpowers Are Violent Powers

If asked to identify the world’s superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China.  Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality is that it rests upon their nations’ enormous capacity for violence.

Certainly none has a peaceful past.  The United States, Russia, and China have a long history of expansion at the expense of neighboring countries and territories, often through military conquest.  Those nations on their borders today, including some that have wrenched themselves free from their imperial control, continue to fear and distrust them.  Just ask Latin Americans, East Europeans, or Asians what they think of their powerful neighbors.

The ultimate attribution error fuels war: The Post-Dallas Kumbaya Window Begins to Close

By John Grant

 

Someone's crying, Lord, kumbaya

- From the Gullah song meaning, Lord, come by here and help us

 

The Delusion 'I Am Not Responsible'

One of the many interesting details to be learned by understanding human psychology is how a person's unconscious fear works in a myriad of ways to make them believe that they bear no responsibility for a particular problem.

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Fossil Fuels Forever

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Initiative-873 gives small flicker of hope: Seattle’s ‘Liberals’ Get Chance to Finally Start Addressing Police Brutality

By Jess Guh, MD

 

Seattle, WA -- Ever since moving to Seattle it’s become clear to me that though most of its inhabitants identify as liberals, the dominant white culture enables a culture of armchair liberals. When it comes to LGBT rights, Seattle will stand up, but when it comes to addressing issues that actually threaten the comfortable, largely white and privileged population of the Seattle, it’s another story.

Tomgram: William Astore, We Have Met the Alien and He Is Us

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Imagine a secret government facility buried deep in the bowels of a mountain; a deluxe bomb shelter -- encased within dense, almost fissure-less rock -- for top government officials to ride out doomsday.

I did. A lot.

On forgetting and forgiving: Killing and Our Current American Crisis

By John Grant

 

Kill one person, it’s called murder.

Kill 100,000, it’s called foreign policy.

        - A popular bumper sticker

As Police Killings of Minorities Mount, Attacks on Police Like the One in Dallas, While Awful, Are Also Sadly Predictable

By Dave Lindorff

 

            The tragedy that is America has deepened with the news that several people on Thursday organized a military-style sniper attack targeting police in Dallas during a protest march and rally against police brutality and killings of black people in that city.

 

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Where Did the American Century Go?

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Whose Century Is It? 
Life on an Increasingly Improbable Planet 
By Tom Engelhardt

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Revolving Doors, Robust Rolodexes, and Runaway Generals

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Tomgram: Thomas Frank, Worshipping Money in D.C.

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Read today's piece and then get your hands on Thomas Frank's new book, Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?  It's the political must-read of this season if you want to know where liberalism went in the last two and a half decades.  The next TomDispatch post will be on Tuesday, July 5th.  Tom]

Trashing Clinton in the Times: Is Sanders’ End Game to Sell Out His ‘Political Revolution’ or to Take It to November?

By Dave Lindorff

 

            What is Bernie Sanders up to?

 

            I sure don’t know, and I’m sure that Hillary Clinton and her campaign managers are wondering too.

Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, An Endless Cycle of Indecisive Wars

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Tomgram: John Feffer, Donald Trump and America B

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