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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Citizen USA!

“Citizenship is an attitude, a state of mind, an emotional conviction that the whole is greater than the part...and that the part should be humbly proud to sacrifice itself that the whole may live.”
    ― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers 


 "This is for all you new people. I only have one rule. Everyone fights. No one quits. You don't do your job, I'll shoot you myself. You get me"
    --Jean Rasczak, from the film, Starship Troopers

Fredric Jameson is an otherwise leftist intellectual who’s put out a book, An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army, edited by Slavoj Zizek, in which he proposes universal conscription into the military for every U.S. resident. In subsequent chapters, other purportedly leftist intellectuals critique Jameson’s proposal with hardly a hint of concern at such an expansion of a machine of mass murder.

What Jameson wants is a vision of Utopia. He wants to nationalize banks and insurance companies, seize and presumably shut down fossil fuel operations, impose draconian taxes on large corporations, abolish inheritance, create a guaranteed basic income, abolish NATO, create popular control of the media, ban rightwing propaganda, create universal Wi-Fi, make college free, pay teachers well, make healthcare free, etc.
Sounds great! Where do I sign up?

Jameson’s answer is: at the Army recruiting station.

war-machine 

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