The American Committee for East-West Accord

Professor Stephen Cohen recently formed a committee along with prominent statesman such as Bill Bradley and Jack F. Matlock.  They are using their voices to express concern over the heightening tensions in Ukraine, as well as Eastern Europe as a whole.  The tit for tat between NATO and Russia has for worse implications for the peace of the world then anything happening in the Middle East.  Both NATO and Russia have thousands of nuclear weapons, and the danger of war will surely mean the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used.

The world sleeps as clouds darken over Eastern Europe.  Here Professor Cohen speaks with John Batchelor on the latest military build up by NATO in the Baltic States:

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Guest Editorial: Economically Conscripted

Editor’s note: While reading Katy Perry’s Killer Propaganda on (where you can catch Eye on the Empire with Scott Horton and Jeffrey Tucker), I found a comment by a young man explaining why people might be vulnerable to Perry’s vile romanticization of military service. Thought it might be good for a Marine to explain why he enlisted. We at Come Home America come from many different economic and cultural traditions but we have come together to oppose militarism and empire. We take no stances as a group on economic remedies. Here’s the voice of one who speaks about the role poverty plays in military service. — Angela Keaton

Economically Conscripted
by Corporal Britton Sprouse, USMC

What would make an anti-war activist join the United States military?
Why would I enlist, knowing that hawks in both parties are willing to
put my life on the line for their power and profit?

I remember recruiters visiting my high school during the early stages
of the Iraq War.  At that time, I decided that joining military was
only a last resort.  I didn’t want to risk being deployed into a
combat zone, especially when I believed the war to be foolish at best,
a profiteering scheme at worst.

After graduating high school in 2005, I went to college, but
struggled.  I worked part time and went to school part time, only
managing to get an associate’s degree in 2010.  I worked a multitude
of hourly jobs, from restaurants to call centers to mobile fleet
washing.  Living paycheck to paycheck, I kept searching for a bigger,
better opportunity, but none came.

Eventually I would accept my grandmother’s offer to live with her and
my father in a single wide trailer in rural upstate Louisiana.  Once
there, I immediately applied for food stamps and began looking for
work.  I worked for people in the area, but the work was infrequent
and sometimes even getting paid was unreliable.  The brightest
prospect was to work in the oil industry, as many of the locals did.
But attempts to get a job were again fruitless.

After an altercation with my father, I felt that I hit rock bottom.  I
remembered what my last resort was.  I visited the recruiting station
and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

It didn’t have to be this way for me, or anyone who joins for
financial reasons.  Politicians have meddled so deeply into the
American economy that it hardly resembles a free market system
anymore.  School is expensive enough because of government subsidies,
it’s not worth the return on investment for many graduates.   The
minimum wage law creates unemployment, discourages entrepreneurship,
and strips the employee of the power to directly negotiate a wage with
his employer and then threaten to take his labor elsewhere.  The money
that I earned was taxed, taken from me before it even made it into my
wallet.  The money in my wallet decreased in value thanks to the
Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing and near zero interest rates.
The government has rapidly increased taxes and spending under both
parties, impeding and even shrinking the private sector.

The last time the US had a military draft was during the Vietnam war.
We may never see the draft again.  But with military spending
increasing every year, and decreasing opportunities elsewhere, I feel
that I was economically conscripted.

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Radio: Talking War and Peace with Conservatives

Come Home America’s Angela Keaton speaks to Tom Woods about how to discuss peace with conservatives. Tom Woods is the co-editor of We Who Dared Say No to War.

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Where Does ISIS Get Those Wonderful Toys?

by Dan Sanchez

In the 1989 film Batman, after the caped crusader rescues a damsel in distress from the Joker using a fancy zipline gun, the clown prince of crime, played by Jack Nicholson, asks in bewilderment:

“Where does he get those wonderful toys?”

Especially upon seeing Batman’s nicest toys — his armored Batmobile and his military-grade Batwing fighter plane, etc — the Joker must have assumed his adversary was financed by some seriously deep pockets. And indeed, hidden behind the cowl was billionaire Bruce Wayne all along.

Similarly, upon seeing real-life fighters also garbed in black masks and jumpsuits, and running around the poverty-stricken Middle East with such “wonderful toys” as TOW anti-tank missiles, up-armored Humvees, M1A1 Abrams tanks, and fleets of gun-mounted Toyota pick-up trucks, any perceptive person must also assume that a wealthy patron lurked in the background.

Where do they get those wonderful Toyotas?

Read the rest here.

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Katy Perry’s Killer Propaganda

by David Montgomery








There is no agony like heartbreak.

This truth is the basis for the most effective and most subversive piece of government propaganda I have ever seen.

I am referring, as inconceivable as it may seem, to a Katy Perry music video. It’s titled Part of Me. The video has been watched over 313 million times on Youtube alone. The TV broadcast stats are likely just as staggering.

The song itself is a power pop track with a driving chorus. It’s a breakup anthem about turning the pain of relationship betrayal into perseverance and inner strength.

But the song’s incarnation as a music video is a cold-blooded masterwork of emotional manipulation. The video transmogrifies the song into military propaganda par excellence. We witness a sweet and vulnerable young woman find personal salvation by transforming into a professional killer. Continue reading

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TIME FOR A NUCLEAR BAN? On the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki

by Joe Scarry

Let’s dedicate June, July, and August this year to recognizing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9, 2015) . . .
 . . . AND let’s do something about it:make a nuclear ban a reality.

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In Whose Machine Will YOU Be a Cog?

by Joe Scarry

When I was a college freshman, I rowed on the crew team for a brief time.

Before long, I realized that I couldn’t memorize thousands of Chinese characters and plumb the depths of the writing of Flannery O’Connor and also exhaust myself every day out on the Charles, and the rowing went away. But before that happened, I developed a memory in my body of being in a boat with seven others rowers, doing everything I could to keep my oar moving in unison with theirs and also pulling for dear life against the water that felt thick and immovable as concrete.

Rowers in a shell move forward and backward with the movement of the boat on sliding seats; they wield long oars that have to move in unison in order to avoid colliding with each other. You don’t just pull with your arms; it’s a coordinated thrust of your entire body. The shell doesn’t just move forward; if surges up out onto the surface of the water with every stroke, gliding at top speed. Continue reading

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