Robert Kagan’s monumental error is his failure to acknowledge that Americans, like the rest of mankind, are made of crooked timber craving power for its own sake, writes Bruce Fein.
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The Idea Behind WikiLeaks: Julian Assange as a Physics Student
Niraj Lal says in this account of the origins of WikiLeaks that there is seldom any focus on the formidable concept of surveillance applied to structural power.
American Environmentalism’s Racist Roots Have Shaped Global Thinking About Conservation
According to some estimates, Indigenous and rural communities protect up to 80 percent of global biodiversity, but receive little benefit in return, writes Prakash Kashwan.
Why No Retired Generals Oppose America’s Forever Wars
With today’s former commanders regularly joining the boards of giant military contractors, Danny Sjursen looks in vain for the likes of Smedley Butler, an outspoken anti-imperialist from more than a century ago.
Racism Through Rose-Colored Glasses
Many Americans tend to whitewash their country’s ugly history of racism all the better to feel good about “exceptionalism” but even sophisticated writers can ignore this grim reality when praising their favored presidents, as William Loren Katz explains.
Ron Paul’s Appalling World View
Exclusive: There was buzz on the Internet after libertarian Ron Paul delivered what was billed as his final address in Congress. But his near-hour-long speech sounded more like the ramblings of a right-wing crank than the coherent thoughts of the…
Is Obama’s TR Rhetoric Just Talk?
In the same Kansas town where Teddy Roosevelt castigated his era’s financial speculators 101 years ago, President Barack Obama spoke to the concerns of America’s 99 percent, those who have struggled while the super-rich prospered. But is Obama’s new rhetoric…
Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Bloodlust’
Americans know little about their nation’s real history or the flaws of their most famous leaders, even pivotal ones like Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States. But this ignorance isn’t bliss; instead it contributes to a dangerous…