The Warfare State
Philip AgeeFormer CIA officer Philip Agee contends that U.S. foreign policy is driven by the need for crises in order to justify military spending thus creating a warfare state. The spector and threat of overseas enemies and turmoil is a method, Agee argues, of preventing genuine democracy and reform of the domestic system.
Kicking People When They’re Down
Barbara EhrenreichThe rise in New York’s poverty rate as a result of the ongoing recession has pushed nearly half of the city’s population into the ranks of the poor or near-poor. Ironically, the nation’s largest city is run by a multi-billionaire. Almost on the same day, another report came out saying “Hedge Fund Titans Get Lavish […]
The Inversion of Totalitarianism
Sheldon WolinTraditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalitarianism” and that it “represents the political coming of age of corporate power and political demobilization of the […]
Inside the Company: CIA Diary
Philip AgeeIn the cavernous marble and glass lobby of CIA HQs in Langley, Virginia there is an inscription etched into the wall. Not some patriotic slogan, but words from the Gospel of John: “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” No matter who is president, particularly since 1945, there has […]