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James S. Robbins on This Time We WIn

“If you look at public opinion, the public really didn’t follow the media’s lead on Vietnam…[I]n fact…polls showed that the American people wanted to escalate the conflict right after Tet. They understood that the enemy was weak. They wanted to win the war and come home,” says James S. Robbins, author of This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive.

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Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
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Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More