On War and Patriotism

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Ok kulturCritics, let’s take a little time for some free-associative thinking on one of my favorite topics, America’s historical and ongoing (apparently with no end in sight either) fascination with all things war. I’d like to set aside for this discussion all the more obvious components that drive us: the obvious economic benefits to establishing what amounts to an entire global economic sector based on blowing things up so that they can be built right back up again and the obvious benefit of establishing what amounts to the largest unemployment service the nation’s ever known, with the added benefit of serving as an indoctrination service (USA! USA! USA!) for its many inductees.

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With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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