Left Eye on Books

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Kristina Borjesson

Kristina Borjesson, editor of Into the Buzzsaw, has edited a new, provocative book The Media After 9/11, Top Journalists Speak Out (thanks, Extra!). Maybe not so provocative--perhaps it is just my imagination, but it seems that a critique of the mainstream media as complacently complicit with corporate America has migrated far beyond the left where it used to be confined.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Empire's Workshop

Greg Grandin on Democracy Now! today talking about his book, "Empire's Workshop":

Well, in the years between September 11th and the invasion of Iraq, there was a number of books and articles trying to take the measure, compare the United States to other empires. They searched historical analogies. They looked to the U.S. as one experience. In Germany and Japan after World War II, they compared it to Rome and Britain and the French empire, but they all seemed to ignore the one place where the United States had the most extensive imperial experience, and that was in Latin America.

In Latin America was where the United States learned how to be an exceptional empire, extraterritorial -- administer extraterritorial countries without actual direct colonialism. And then, I also started to think more about why so many of the administration’s advisers and officials and hanger-ons, people like Elliott Abrams and Otto Reich and Donald Kagan and even John Bolton, who was in the Justice Department during Iran-Contra, came out of Reagan’s Central American policy. And it seemed to me that the connections between Bush's post-9/11 pre-emptive aggressive militarist foreign policy and Reagan’s Central American policy was actually much more profound than a mere recycling of these personnel.