Friday, May 10, 2013

Why Don't We Bring Back the Draft?


Says a patriotic "progressive" at Salon.com. Check out the comments thread and notice all the chaps who actually think this is a good idea. The best dissenters you'll find out of six whole pages include a couple of "lean-forward" types who recite stylistic variants of, "Instead we should have two years of mandatory national service." Indeed. Because then it would be impossible to collect all the kiddies and round them up for war in...how many wars is the USA fighting again? Does anyone keep count anymore? Are we in Syria yet? I can't keep up. 


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Perlstein's Propaganda +TV = Rachel Maddow

Take Rick Perlstein's attempt to write an argument, chop off its nuts, throw it on MSNBC, and you'll glimpse America's stylistic variant of Orwell's Two Minutes of Hate. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dear Rick Perlstein, You Are Propaganda

While browsing the web for articles providing some history on the FBI and agent provocateurs, I tripped upon this article by Rick Perlstein of Rolling Stone magazine. It's a elegant piece of journalism--factual, based on some investigative reporting, somewhat objective (until he suggests that it might be totally cool if the FBI used KGB tactics of entrapment to hunt down political groups he despises, instead of those with whom he sympathizes).