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Chuck Collins: Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

During Eisenhower’s two terms between 1953 and 1960, the wealthy paid a top tax rate of 91 percent on incomes over the equivalent of $1.7 million for an individual and $3.4 million for a couple. That crafty pinko Eisenhower also presided over government-subsidized mortgages that helped millions of Americans purchase their first home and attend college for free.

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: Should We Feed Hungry Children or the War Machine?

Our elected officials have chosen to prioritize the pursuit of military hegemony over the wellbeing of our people.

September 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

William J. Astore: In Wars and Weapons We Trust

We believe in wars. We may no longer believe in formal declarations of war (not since December 1941 has Congress made one in our name), but that sure hasn’t stopped us from waging them.

August 16, 2019 · 1 Comment

William J. Astore: The U.S. Military’s Lost Wars

Overfunded, Overhyped, and Always Over There. One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: Is Donald Trump an Asteroid?

Honestly, This Could Get a Lot Uglier. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lawrence Wittner: The United States Is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

Maintaining the U.S. status as “No. 1” in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something.  When it comes … Continue reading

January 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stacy Bannerman: A Foreign Policy That Can Change Everything For Everyone

Women Talk About Gender, Racial And Economic Justice. But anti-war messaging is still missing from the resistance movement—and there can be no justice without peace. . We’re in the midst … Continue reading

August 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: U.S. Politicians and their Love of the Military

James Madison.  We need his wisdom more than ever.. If there’s one area of bipartisan agreement today, it’s politicians’ professed love of the U.S. military.  Consider George W. Bush.  He … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Endless Flow of Weapons Fuels Endless War in Iraq and Syria

New report shows how flood of munitions from across the globe, including the United States, are making peace impossible in Middle East. Ammo casings found in Iraq and Syria. Top, … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address, known for its warnings about the growing power of the “military-industrial complex,” was nearly two years in the making. Eisenhower Library director Karl … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

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