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Issue No. 34 | Summer 2019

War Is a Racket

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Breaking the Chains of Command

For centuries, working-class people have been sent to die in wars for empire. The rich history of soldier revolt isn’t just about foreign policy — it’s about breaking the power of the mighty in society as a whole.

The Armored Archipelago

The United States has 800 military installations in dozens of countries around the world. They all must be dismantled.

British Health Care Lives in America

Despite underfunding, the Veterans Health Administration is the United States’ largest health care system. And it could be the foundation of a truly socialist alternative to private care.

An Empty Tale

The foreign policy establishment is responding to Trump-era brutalities by demanding more, not less, aggression and empire.

Ike & Hayek

Eisenhower’s warning about the “military-industrial complex” marked an era when the American right feared militarism could bankrupt the country and plunge it into socialism.

All Dad’s Armies

British politics have become a strange form of World War II cosplay, where the European Union are the Nazis, 1945 is a betrayal, and Boris Johnson is the newWinston Churchill.

Broken Barry

On HBO’s new tragicomedy, a veteran plumbs the depths of his combat record for the stage — but ends up painting a portrait of middle-American desolation.

Who Cares What Army?

Though their time as a band was brief, the Monks represent a “what if” of the convergence between GI resistance and the 1960s counterculture.

The GI Bill Made Art

The GI Bill is proof: if people have access to education and the means to live, they’ll create meaningful art.

Defense Spending: the Endless Frontier

The military sets the agenda for scientific research, so it’s still much easier to get funding to develop new bombs than to get the resources to develop new, potentially life-saving antibiotics.

The First March on Washington

A. Philip Randolph called for a March on Washington to force President Roosevelt to abolish Jim Crow in the war effort, and shaped the trajectory of the postwar left.