Summary: An essential part of leaning as citizens is learning on whom to rely. We don't do this well, an important part of the FAILure to learn which has imperiled the Republic. Today Tom Engelhard -- editor of the invaluable website TomDispatch -- shows how since 9/11 a coterie of always-wrong experts have helped build the … Continue reading How to Create a National Insecurity State.
Summary: Epistemic closure has infected both Left and Right in America. Examples of this on the Right are legion. Today we look at an example on the Left, and its potentially severe consequences for this already endangered species in America. . Contents Changes in American politics "Ending the World the Human Way" Epistemic closure: it's … Continue reading Apocalyptic thinking on the Left about climate change risks burning their credibility
Summary: The very first articles articles at DNI, in 2003, expressed skepticism about the Afghanistan War. By 2009 it was clear that we could achieve nothing useful from the war. But our military exists to feed itself, disconnected from any rational national goals, and only after ten years has the drawdown slowly began. Today Tom … Continue reading Mission Failure: Afghanistan
Summary: There's an institutional drive for growth, just like that in biological entities. Sometimes it become cancerous, inimical to the overall organism. So it is with our mad profitless empire -- which makes previous empires (eg, Spain, British) look like works of genius. Here Nick Turse looks at the latest expansion, taking US forces -- … Continue reading America’s Shadow Wars in Africa
Summary: The past decade has seen us stripped of civil liberties dating back to the signing of Magna Carta in 1215, and won through centuries of struggle since then. As the Founders feared might happen. Today Noam Chomsky explains how this happened and what it means for us. The next few years might be decisive; America's … Continue reading The Great Charter. Its Fate, and Ours.