Frank Joyce

Are We Being True to Our July 4th Values? Yes - That’s Exactly the Problem

Another July 4th of hot dogs, historical confusion, and military worship has come and gone. This year of all years, it's a sadly missed opportunity to advance a much-needed conversation.

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The Profound Misunderstanding the Public Has About How the Military Operates

In one of the greatest PR successes of all time, close to 100 percent of Americans believe the United States has a volunteer military. It does not. What the United States does have is a recruited military.

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A Ball O’ Confusion Is Comin' to Your TV: Ken Burns' PBS Series on Vietnam Gives Its Corporate Sponsors Little to Worry About

Breaking fake news! Bank of America is withdrawing its support for the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick PBS documentary series "The Vietnam War," which starts Sunday night, because the series turned out to be too antiwar.   

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Detroit Is Not a Movie

Are you thinking of seeing Kathryn Bigelow’s movie Detroit? Don’t.

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On the 50th Anniversary of the Deadly Detroit Rebellion, There Is Celebration, Controversy and Continued White Supremacy

Author's note: This article originally appeared in a somewhat different format in the summer 2017 issue of the Fifth Estate.

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The Mass Killing of Civilians, Now in Syria and Iraq, Is Part of a Long, Depressing Pattern of American War-Making

A recent New York Times op-ed by Micah Zenko documents a new increase in civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria. The headline asks the question, "Why Is the U.S. Killing So Many Civilians in Syria and Iraq?"

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America's Manufactured Amnesia Puts Everyone in Peril

With credit to Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman for their long ago description of how the media/education system manufactures consent, this article is about one of its critical components: manufactured amnesia. Simply put,  the media treats everything it deems newsworthy as a discrete event that is taking place for the first time ever. So,  for example,  the white male supremacist presidency of Donald Trump is presented as something brand new in US history. Sigh.  

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What Martin Luther King's 1967 Speech Can Teach Us About the Relationship Between Race and Class Today

Fifty years ago the times were tumultuous, as they are now. Activists were fragmented by gender, race, tactics and issue silos then too. The machinery of surveillance and repression by local, state and federal government was intense and about to become more so.

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As Trump Reminds Us, We Have Had the WMSVD Disease for Ages: It Is Time We Fight It Head On

A very long time ago, a Zika type virus escaped from the human laboratory.  Like Zika it deforms the human brain.  It assumes supremacy by human males over women and all other forms of life.  Its most prominent manifestation is male monotheistic religion—the obligation that humans worship a lone male deity.  No goddesses allowed. 

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Exposing America's Hidden Past as a Center for the Slave-Breeding Industry

Slavery as practiced in what is now the United States is one of the greatest crimes and one of the greatest coverups in human history. But it is covered up no more. The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry, by Ned and Constance Sublette is a masterful forensic investigation. A profound work of scholarship and revelation, it is the story not just of chattel slavery but of the United States itself. It exposes in meticulous detail a history that has been sugarcoated, broken into pieces so tiny as to become meaningless, or often not told at all. It is a juggernaut in a new wave of books that explains our past as we have never been able to see it before.  

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