May 7 – Foreign Policy Roundtable

We at the Junta love big ideas. Spirituality, the ethics of eating, Wikileaks, the future, education — we’ve done them all and there will be more to come. But sometimes it’s fun to just talk politics and argue about foreign policy. In fact, that’s where the roots of the Junta are — Rindy and Jeremy debating international affairs over drinks in bars in Shanghai.

So join us at DOC Wine Bar on Tuesday, May 7th (8pm) for a foreign policy roundtable. By then we’ll know even more about the Boston bombers and we can talk about the obscure locales where a plot may have been nurtured or inspired. What further of the missile North Korea says it’s been preparing, and how the international community should deal with the hermit kingdom. We can discuss the post-Chavez reality in Venezuela and how that country (and Cuba) will look in the future. And the list goes on: drones, China, Euro-zone crisis, etc.

Bring your opinions and a thirst for vino.


Future Follow-up

Last month’s discussion led in all sorts of directions, and a lot of further reading material was suggested. Of course I meant to get these out earlier, but there you have it… Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, by James Tiptree, Jr (science fiction stories). The Civilizing Process by Norbert Elias (the founding work of Figurational […]


The Future

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… or maybe we do, who knows? One person with some insight is Junta regular Lauren, who is working toward her Ph.D. in visual neuroscience and has had some exposure to the growing world of brain-machine interfaces – you know, things like linking two rat brains together. Which […]


Patriotism and Pride

Like many of you, I found Obama’s inauguration speech stirring. I found myself full of pride in my country that we could elect a black man not once, but twice to our highest office. I found his appeals to the earliest tenets of our country deeply moving and urges towards realizing those ideals rousing. I’m […]


Benevolent Hegemon

The Junta will convene this Wednesday, January 30th, at 8pm, at the DOC Wine Bar in Williamsburg, to discuss the idea of (American) patriotism today. All are welcome, as always. As a counterpoint to my recent essay, The American Patriot, a frequent Junta attendee, Graham, offers the following defense of American military power. Come out […]


The American Patriot

Jeremy asks, “How can you be an American patriot in 2013?” and relates his experience watching “Zero Dark Thirty” in light of my criticism. He writes: I found the portrayal of torture rather nuanced in terms of what it says about its efficacy and its morality. What was surely war porn was when they were […]


Against “Zero Dark Thirty”

Some thoughts on this charming Christmas release… I don’t care whether the film glorifies torture or not Tom Carson argues that the film will actually make us grapple with hard truths, and insults Glenn Greenwald’s suggestion that positive reactions to the film are based on pro-torture sentiments in the general population: No matter what Greenwald […]