War and Peace

Ribs and Terrors

by Finley J. MacDonald

In Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said demonstrates how subtly and implacably the devil of imperialism hides in the details of culture. Pinned like camouflage moths to the board of Said’s analysis, the cocoons of imperialism are found infecting culture at the taproots.

We Do it for the Children

by Finley J. MacDonald

The film Kony 2012 by the NGO Invisible Children, with its banners and wristbands, recalls Soros and NED-funded colored revolutions with  their appeals to populism.  Then too, it brings to mind Edward Bernays,  father of Public Relations, who in Guatemala manufactured a class A communist demon in the person of Jacabo Arbenz

Anthropologists Hurl Skulls at Steven Jay Gould

by Finley J. MacDonald

A June 2011 article from the New York Times entitled Scientists Measure the Accuracy of a Racist Claim says Stephen Jay Gould got it wrong.  The renowned Gould tracked roots of scientific racism, claiming that scientists who have attempted to measure man as a racial and genetic entity have through the decades unconsciously skewed and misinterpreted findings.

Convention and Delusion: Review of Winston’s War: Churchill 1940-1945

by Finley J. MacDonald

Winston’s War: Churchill 1940-1945, by Max Hastings, was everything I expected: an even-handed if conventional look at the man, Winston Churchill, on his stage, the Second World War in Britain.  Churchill’s eloquent, pugnacious, and often reckless style of bearing up during the course of a war whose tide turned tortuously from the debacle of Dunkirk to the inception of the cold war is the portrait that unfolds over some 470 pages. Through diaries and letters, the mood of Britain and the nuanced communications between leaders are illuminated.  Near the end of the war, Churchill is shown nearly at the breaking point, aging, exhausted and sometimes ill, lambasting his ministers in the dead of night over pet causes.

Dark Wings over Cockayne’s Rainbow

by Finley J. MacDonald

The Land of Cockayne by Pieter Bruegel the Elder depicts a psychological reality: hell shoved out of sight and out of mind–yet leaking through the punctures of a hermetic landscape.  But the borders of every Land of Cockayne fail, as no wall precludes suffering–nor silences death’s dark, pounding wings.  

Deaf and blind in the land of bombs

by Finley J. MacDonald

Laos, once called Lan Xang, “Land of a Million Elephants” (more recently referred to as “Land of a Million Bombs”) is a gradually recovering victim of the secret American bombing of Laos, an extension of the Vietnam war.  As if some paranoid, suburbanite War-On-Termites were being waged, the campaign drug on for nine years, from 1964 to 1973

On becoming Torturers

by Finley J. MacDonald

The difference between pornography and eroticism, they say, is all in the lighting.  It could just as well be said to be “all in the naming”.  A person degraded or commodified through language is easier to exploit, points out Winona LaDuke in Recovering the Sacred.  The insight that language carries a hidden yet considerable power to validate or to diminish, with its momentous implications, should not sneak past us.

Slobodan Milosevic’s Inquisitors

by Finley J. MacDonald

 


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