Friday, January 7, 2011

Imperial Notes

  • Andrew Bacevich argues that "Ike’s frightening prophecy actually understates the scope of our modern system—and the dangers of the perpetual march to war it has put us on" — The Tyranny of Defense Inc.

  • Philip Giraldi wants to know "why are we again interfering in something that we only dimly understand when we just might leave it alone," asking, "Who named us the Lord High Executioner for the entire world?" — Law and Disorder.

  • William Astore warns, "At a time of feared national decline, our leaders undoubtedly prescribe military action in part to comfort us (and themselves) and restore our sense of potency and pride" — Freedom Fighters for a Fading Empire.

  • "This chorus of whining at the success of the freedom movement is a good sign – indeed, it is the most encouraging news I’ve heard in my 40 years as an activist," says Justin Raimondo, suggesting that the "values... embodied in a highly centralized, highly militarized overweening federal government... are on their way out" — Rand Paul, Eugene McCarthy, and the ‘Values of the Hills and Hollows’.

  • Congressman Ron Paul speaks — Ron Paul: Empire and Imperial Dollar, RIP.
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