Steve Fine: The four galleries in the “Spring ‘67” series reflect the spirit of the times and the activism in the streets just as the antiwar movement was shifting into high gear and the counter-culture aborning.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
Lila Garrett: So in the end, we served our purpose. Our permanent war economy was fed, our arms industry thrived, and our concepts of American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny took giant steps forward.
Joseph Palermo: These days, it has become far more difficult to teach the history of America’s war in Vietnam because one of the chief lessons of that war we thought we had learned (“No More Vietnams”) has been soundly disproven in recent years.
Rivera Sun: Seven billion lives are hanging “three minutes to midnight” as the United States keeps nuclear weapons ready to deploy.
Gary Corseri: We’ve obliterated like bugs over a million of their guys, capsized relatively progressive, prosperous and stable Arab states in Iraq and Libya, and we’ve been playing the manic Iran and North Korea cards for so long now—most MSM-brain-drained Americans actually believe it!
Lila Garrett: No matter how rich arms merchants become, no matter how large the economic gap grows between them and the rest of us, it’s never enough for them.
Kathy Kelly: If we didn’t see enemy soldiers as “murdering terrorists” lacking the human emotions and rights of our own troops, and enemy civilians as “collateral damage” whose deaths are automatically the fault of all who resist us, then there couldn’t be a drone program.
Rivera Sun: Most Americans are familiar with the violent methods of the revolutionary period, but unaware of the potent effectiveness of the nonviolent actions that strengthened the internal organization of these American activists.
Kathy Kelly: I’m fortunate, here in prison, to revisit through memories my young friends in Afghanistan embracing Martin Luther King, in Rabbi Abraham Heschel’s words, as “a voice, a vision, and a way.”
Gary Corseri: Every war represents a failure of our species to free itself from the shackles of expansionism, greed, colonization, exploitation, ignorance and violence.
Jerry Drucker: The neo-con thesis suggested by using the super-power of the United States, we could exercise world dominance after the collapse of Russia. Then the U.S., by entering and controlling Iraq, could in time control all the oil production out of the Middle East.
Michael T. Hertz: It doesn’t help matters when the government bans a Muslim comedian like Dieudonne from making anti-Semitic jokes but does nothing about Charlie Hebdo’s anti-Muslim satire.
Jim Rhodes: And unlike Cozumel, the streets of Con Dao are orderly and quiet — not filled with drunken foreigners being taken advantage of by the locals.