The case for closing our overseas military bases

The most popular post, over the years, on Occasional Planet is: “Military Mystery: how many bases does the US have, anyway?”  American University anthropology professor, David Vine, spent six years trying to answer that question and to investigate the effect of U.S. military presence on foreign soil. In researching his subject, he traveled to U.S. military installations…


Noam Chomsky: On capitalism and why electing Bernie isn’t enough

    In a recent interview in Jacobin, linguist, philosopher, and political activist Noam Chomsky gave an interesting answer to a question about the American capitalist system. He basically said we don’t have one. We have something else, more akin to “state capitalism.” And by not being engaged and involved in the political process, we’ve allowed corporations and banks to “run things,” to…


Is Obama endorsing Biden for President?

On August 24, White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to reporters asking about Joe Biden possibly running for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton:       So I think you can make the case that there is probably no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to…

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