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The Iraq War – Worth It? To Whom?: As U.S. combat troops leave Iraq at the end of 2011, a sobering assessment of the harmfulness and pointlessness of war.
Time Running Out: An exploration of the concept of time, and how little of it there seems to be left for a human race on a self-destructive course.
Remembering: On this 10th anniversary of 9/11 2001, we wonder what we have learned since.
1. Mike’s perspective on America in his life since WWII, “The Bad American Dream”:
Dark Clouds – After high school graduation in 1962, suddenly there were assassinations, and war; the American Dream is tarnished, and things would never be the same again.
MAD and Madness – A strange, pervasive irrationality underlies the cold war, neo-cons, and the nuclear arms race, and Mike becomes aware of the real depth of its cold, passionless power for the first time.
A Profitable Business – Almost imperceptibly, “the disastrous rise of misplaced power” Eisenhower had warned about takes off in the Reagan administration, with a huge commitment to military spending.
The New Agenda – While researching and writing this summary, Mike discovers the true enormity of the destruction of America by the wealthy elite; all the national debt, and all the wasted opportunities to invest in America, its environment, its economy, and its people. Almost imperceptibly, as the rich got richer, the well-being of all other Americans had significantly declined.
The Concentration of Wealth – The growth in inequality of incomes and wealth is taking America close to another depression, but this time the concerns of the wealthy elite have become ominously disconnected from America and its future.
The Eve of Destruction – The magnitude of the problem is so overwhelming, Mike feels like he is writing an epitaph. But democracy is not dead, and it’s not over yet. We can, as Thom Hartmann argues, start really paying attention, wake up our friends, family and neighbors, and start “Rebooting the American Dream.”
2. “An Unwritten History” reflects on the radicalization of the American society and economy over the last 30 years:
The Awakening: A sudden growth in scholarly interest in the history of the last 30 years, and the new activism of moderates.
The Big Picture: A brief overview of the 30 years.
The Insecurity Myth and American Imperialism: The cold war, war, and militarism.
Breaching the Social Contract: The tradeoff between private and public economic activity, between capitalism and socialism.
The “Free Market” Myth: The cost of losing government restraint of capitalism in the name of corporate “freedom.”
Reaganomics: The Reaganomics fallacy, briefly.
The Last Chapter: In brief, the transfer of wealth to the top and the corporate lockdown of America.