Military Spending Doesn’t Equal Military Strength

By: Saturday September 1, 2012 5:00 pm

One of the great themes in American politics involves national security. Right-wing hawks argue that America must increase military spending to protect itself from its enemies. This is a very common theme, and it works. America spends five dollars on military spending for every dollar that China (ranked #2 in military spending) does. It spends ten dollars for every dollar on the military that Russia (ranked #3) spends.

But this doesn’t mean that America will win the next big war.

 

Sean Penn on Occupy Wall Street Protest: More Proud than Ever to Be an American

By: Sunday October 16, 2011 4:00 pm

Sean Penn says “Occupy Wall Street protest is telling the world we cannot be controlled by fear anymore” and that the protests have made him prouder than ever to be an American. The whole interview is very inspiring, and Penn is a thoughtful and articulate American philosopher.

Compensate the Victims! 50th Anniversary of Start of US Chemical Warfare Program in Vietnam

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 5:03 pm

As Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor Marjorie Cohn notes at CommonDreams, “Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the chemical warfare program in Vietnam without sufficient remedial action by the U.S. government.” More than 3 million people, including Vietnamese, Vietnamese-Americans, US veterans, and their children have either died, sickened or been disabled, and their children may, too, as the result of the wide-scale use of chemical agents by US forces during the Vietnam War.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert Jay Lifton, Witness to an Extreme Century – A Memoir

By: Sunday June 12, 2011 1:59 pm

We are extraordinarily fortunate to converse today with psychiatrist and psychohistorical researcher Robert Jay Lifton. His new memoir, written after 60 years of professional life, is an amazingly fascinating and entertaining book. Dr. Lifton speaks in his persona of a gifted, intelligent, and rational observer and thinker, a self-described disciple of the Enlightenment and a humanist approach to understanding.

FDL Movie Night: William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe

By: Monday January 17, 2011 5:00 pm

William Kunstler, Disturbing the Universe recounts the historic explores the live and career of one of the most controversial lawyers whose believed in justice for. Directed by his daughter Emily and Sarah the film explores not only his civil rights work and his private clients, but also how his family coped with his work

Justice is not a popularity contest

The Freedom Riders, Chicago 8/7, Wounded Knee, Martin Luther King, Jr. , negotiating at Attica made sense for a civil rights lawyer.

In Excelsis Deo, Indeed

By: Saturday December 25, 2010 2:00 pm

Popular culture’s vision of Christmas generally misses the challenging nature of the story of Christmas. It’s much nicer and safer to simple sing platitudes of peace on earth before turning to the celebration of acquiring more and more stuff and seeking a higher spot on the pyramid of power. But from time to time, there are glimpses of Christmas that challenge the passions in our society to make distinctions between people, to judge one’s worth by the size of one’s pile of stuff, and to raise up the rich at the expense of the poor.

In 1999, Aaron Sorkin and Rick Cleveland got it right on The West Wing, in the episode “In Excelsis Deo.” The music, the direction, and the editing brilliantly captured what I believe lies at the heart of the Christmas story. Whether we share a common understanding of this story or not, I pray that we can share a vision of a mutual partnership that raises up the lowly, that feeds the hungry, that embraces the stranger, that welcomes the outcast, and that works for peace.

Remember Hubert Humphrey?

By: Sunday August 29, 2010 5:00 pm

Hubert Humphrey lost in 1968 to the monster Richard Nixon. Should anti-war activists have worked hard for his election?

Grim Milestone in Headstones as Afghanistan War Becomes America’s Longest

By: Friday May 28, 2010 5:21 pm

As we enter the Memorial Day weekend, it is especially sad that the United States is suffering its 1000th death in Afghanistan at the same time that Afghanistan is becoming the longest war in American history.

Forty Years Ago

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 7:15 pm

The killings at Kent State and Jackson State left scars I feel 40 years later.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Campbell Craig and Fred Logevall, America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity

By: Sunday April 25, 2010 2:00 pm

[Welcome authors, Campbell Craig and Fred Logevall, Hosted by Jeremi Suri] [As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread.   - bev] Craig and Logevall, America’s Cold War America’s Cold War is a powerful and provocative book written by two very talented historians. Campbell [...]

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