Tag Archives: usa

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 […]

Cheating/Shortcuts Junta, Tuesday, December 4th

Next Tuesday the Junta will gather at DOC Wine Bar in Williamsburg to discuss the myriad ways shortcuts and cheating are a part of our lives. We’ve all read about the sports scandals involving prominent athletes that have used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Lance Armstrong is but the latest superstar to fall from grace, but it […]

Feb 21: Political Salon

Join us at DOC Bar on Tuesday the 21st to discuss the 2012 election and our myriad plots for state overthrow. We’ll discuss Obama’s chances heading into the fall, the economy and which way it’s headed, the likelihood of an Occupy Wall Street resurgence as the weather warms up, possible war with Iran or Syria, […]

Should liberals and progressives vote for Obama again?

I recently expressed to Jeremy the unlikelihood of my voting for Obama again, and listed a few reasons. He responded that he understood my disappointment in Obama and “share[d] it in some ways,” but that I was “blinded by idealism.” In the interest of bringing discussions like this out of email and into the public, […]