Max Gerber] I am often asked whether I agree with the new group selectionists, and the questioners are always surprised when I say I do not. After all, group selection sounds like a reasonable extension of evolutionary theory and a plausible explanation of the social nature of humans. Also, the group selectionists tend to declare victory, and write as if their theory has already superseded a narrow, reductionist dogma that selection acts only at the level of genes. In this essay, I'll explain why I think that this reasonableness is an illusion.
The directors are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Its lavish advertising campaign promotes its biggest backer, Bank of America, which in was burned down by students in Santa Barbara, California, as a symbol of the hated war in Vietnam. Bank of America was a corporate prop to an invasion that killed perhaps as many as four million Vietnamese and ravaged and poisoned a once bountiful land.
More than 58, American soldiers were killed, and around the same number are estimated to have taken their own lives. I watched the first episode in New York. It leaves you in no doubt of its intentions right from the start. The dishonesty of this statement is not surprising.
The lies litter a multitude of official documents, notably the Pentagon Papers, which the great whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg released in There was no good faith. The faith was rotten and cancerous. All this will be familiar to those who have observed how the American media and popular culture behemoth has revised and served up the great crime of the second half of the twentieth century: The revisionism never stops and the blood never dries.
At the time, this was presented as an aberration: This was not news. There is only one way to control a territory that harbours resistance, and that is to turn it into a desert. This is the American Way; only the euphemisms are missing now.
Where are the ghosts of the great anti-war demonstrations that took over Washington in the s? Where is the equivalent of the Freeze Movement that filled the streets of Manhattan in the s, demanding that President Reagan withdraw battlefield nuclear weapons from Europe?
Europe is threatened again with becoming a military training ground for nuclear weapons. We must raise our voice against this. Barack Obama provided the apotheosis, with seven simultaneous wars, a presidential record, including the destruction of Libya as a modern state.
The true scandal is the insidious assumption of power by sinister war-making vested interests for which no American voted. The rapid ascendancy of the Pentagon and the surveillance agencies under Obama represented an historic shift of power in Washington.
Daniel Ellsberg rightly called it a coup. The three generals running Trump are its witness. He may be right. Instead of merely abusing the world, as Trump does, the Great Obliterator might have attacked Iran and lobbed missiles at Putin, whom she likened to Hitler: John Pilger can be reached through his website:Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years.
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