Murray Polner

murray-polner-175Murray Polner is a book review editor for HNN.org and was editor of Present Tense, published by the American Jewish Committee from 1973-90. He wrote Rabbi: The American Experience; co-edited (with Stefan Merken) Peace, Justice, and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition, as well as No Victory Parades: The Return of the Vietnam Veteran and, with Jim O'Grady, Disarmed & Dangerous, a biography of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. His most recent book is We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing From 1812 to Now, co-authored with Thomas Woods.

Neocons: First in War, Last in Peace

Irving Kristol

Murray Polner: More than most on all sides of the perennial and bitter political clashes of those years, Kristol knew how to use politics and power to grow his fledgling ideological enterprise.

Understanding America’s Many Wars

The China Mirage

Murray Polner: In retrospect, a fearful and angry nation had gone mad. Blacklists, jail terms, a few, but very few, Soviet spies (we had our spies too in Russia), and a shamefully conformist mass media helped scare and silence potential critics.

Jailing Pacifists

Jailing Pacifists

Murray Polner: Sister Megan, Walli, and Boertje-Obed had many inspirational figures in their lives, such as Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.

Yanqui, Go Home

Obama Warns Venezuela

Murray Polner: Most Latin Americans have had enough of American imperialism. Obama’s order sounded like most of our past presidents whose policies have led to so much injustice and suffering.

Heroine of the Working Class

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

Murray Polner: For the rest of her life she toured the nation as a Wobbly to help secure the right of working men and men to organize unions, raise wages, and improve their working conditions.

Are You Ready to Fight Putin’s Russia?

Fighting Putin

Murray Polner: There’s a permanent taste for war among the Imperial City’s hawks, now ready to fight with your kids (never theirs) to teach that bastard Vladimir Putin a lesson and show him who’s boss.

It’s SUPER BOWL Time!!

football religion

Murray Polner: It’s become a kind of auxiliary religion and cultural landmark for far too many. 108 million people are said to have watched it on TV in 2014, compared to a measly 40 million audience for the Oscars.

Who Is Eric Fair?

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Murray Polner: With all our folk tales about our innate goodness and freedom-loving ways, the Real America has always tortured when it wished to do so

Can Obama Pardon Snowden?

Pardoning Snowden and Manning

Murray Polner: After issuing his order to release the prisoner, Harding had the audacity to invite Debs to visit him in the White House, where the two men, so different in so many ways, shook hands, and spent an hour talking.

Deja Vu, Afghans—We’re Back

Obama Back to Afghanistan

Murray Polner: In his final two years in office, but for a few crumbs here and there, his once-formidable and dedicated antiwar base will not be welcome at the White House.

Afghanistan: Not a Good War

American War in Afghanistan

Murray Polner: There’s something about the place that has attracted would-be conquerors’ passion to control and change so poor, largely illiterate, intensely religious and tribal poppy-growing country as Afghanistan.