Category Archives: American Military Culture

Maya Lin: Separating Grief from Glory

by Joe Scarry Maya Lin’s Design Sketch for Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1981. (More images here.) The post I intended to write was a riff on something I read in The Concise Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone … Continue reading

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Does Society “Decide” to Engage in War?

by Joe Scarry I think if you asked most people, they would say that (a) war is deeply ingrained in society; and (b) society over and over again decides to engage in war. There is a growing discourse around point … Continue reading

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An Antiwar Thought Experiment: Swing the Swing States?

by Joe Scarry There’s no time like the present — i.e. as the US stares down the throat of a possible Trump presidency — to tee up an electoral thought experiment. Now I understand antiwar people have totally lost faith … Continue reading

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Drones: We Need Debate, Not Sound Bites

by Joe Scarry It’s an election year in the US. National security is becoming a top issue. Everyone’s talking about ISIS, and terrorism. The evolving US militarism is bubbling just below the surface. Okay: let’s put the question on the … Continue reading

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#PeaceDay 2015 – Ten Thoughts on Peace

by Joe Scarry Rainbow peace sign flag (Image: @fieldsforever58) Yesterday was the UN International Day of Peace. The day nudged me to think about what — if anything — I feel I really know about peace and the movement for … Continue reading

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Why Are These Military Experts Saying CUT CUT CUT Nukes?

by Joe Scarry I was shocked by this sentence in The New York TimesĀ four years ago: “The Pentagon has now told the public, for the first time, precisely how many nuclear weapons the United States has in its arsenal: 5,113. … Continue reading

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Want #NoNukes in 2016? TAKE ACTION!

by Joe Scarry A Ban on Nuclear Weapons (Read statements of 120+ countries supporting.) Following the the World Nuclear Victims Forum in Hiroshima (WNVF) I have written a lot about the many places in the world that people have been … Continue reading

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