Steven Aftergood: Domestic Role of US Military

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

The Domestic Role of the American Military

A rich and thoughtful account of how the U.S. military has protected, supported, clashed with and occasionally undermined constitutional government in this country is presented in the new book “Soldiers on the Home Front: The Domestic Role of the American Military” by William C. Banks and Stephen Dycus (Harvard University Press, 2016). The authors, who are law professors, trace the role of the military back to its constitutional roots, which are not as precisely defined as they might have been. The Framers of the Constitution “knew that troops would sometimes be needed to help enforce the civilian laws. They just neglected to tell us precisely when.” Read more.

 

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Jan 7

KINDLE: A Fantasy – On the Seventh Day – How a Burning Babe and Lynn Rothschild Saved Democracy in America

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#1 in Civics @ Amazon Kindle

All of the preconditions for revolution exist in the USA today, from a concentration of wealth combined with 23% unemployment to a government that has lost all legitimacy in the eyes of the people because of the blatant manner in which a two-party tyranny has sold out to 40-odd billionaires. Chris Hedges (Empire of Illusion) and Matt Taibbi (Griftopia) nailed it. All we are missing is a precipitant (such as a soccer mom torching herself on Capitol Hill) and a couple of billionaires that “get” the insanity of a 100% corrupt government making their wealth very vulnerable to pitchforks on the mansions and angry veterans putting 50 caliber bullets into their Lear Jets as they land or take off. This white paper offers a seven day plan for restoring American democracy while treating the elite to the most graceful Truth & Reconciliation process they might have prayed for. 7 Pages, 99 Cents.

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Dec 19

KINDLE: Sanders for President as an Independent? The Game Plan

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The integrity of the American electoral process matters more than any single candidate. Now that the Democratic National Committee has made it clear it is merely an extension of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the time has come for all citizens to see the value of demanding an Electoral Reform Act of 2016 such that both an Independent candidate for president — with a coalition cabinet and a balanced budget announced in advance — and a sufficiency of Members promising not to caucus with either wing of the two-party tyranny — are possible. The primary purpose of this book is not to promote a specific candidate, but rather the possibility of a Second American Revolution, a non-violent revolution that restores the power of the public over a government grown too big, too corrupt, too evil, for words. Open Power is possible now, in 2016. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Angus King are among the Senators who have the power to sponsor the Electoral Reform Act of 2016. The questions this book puts before the public is these: if not Bernie, who? If not now, when? Seven Pages, 99 cents.

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Dec 19

Worth a Look: National Security & Double Government

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Michael J. Glennon

Why has U.S. security policy scarcely changed from the Bush to the Obama administration? National Security and Double Government offers a disquieting answer. Michael J. Glennon challenges the myth that U.S. security policy is still forged by America’s visible, “Madisonian institutions”–the President, Congress, and the courts. Their roles, he argues, have become largely illusory. Presidential control is now nominal, congressional oversight is dysfunctional, and judicial review is negligible.

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Sep 27