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The inconvenient fact that words mean things

Reihan Salam has a very Hot Take in Slate, “Why I Am Still a Neocon,” in which he says he is still a neoconservative because, well, here’s what he wrote: 1,177 more words

America Fuck Yeah

NPM: 500 Words On...War, What It's Good For, and Wilfred Owen

War, huh, yeah: what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. (x50)

Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? 105 more words


Dreaming up wars for (other) young men to die in

The title of this post is borrowed from George McGovern, who famously said “I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.” Nowadays we’d presumably say “people” rather than “men,” partly because it’s much more common today than it was in McGovern’s heyday for women to serve and die in our military right alongside men, but mostly because I hope we realize by now that no war, at least no modern war, has ever just killed “men.” They don’t just kill the folks who choose to serve, either, or the people we’re fighting against. 1,413 more words