Summary: Today's article by Tom Engelhardt discusses what might be the greatest issue of our age, the fall of the Second American Republic (built on the Constitution) as the 1% builds a new political regime on its ruins. As with Rome's evolution from Republic to the Empire, the outward forms remain roughly the same while … Continue reading The 1% build a New America on the ruins of the old.
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