Kissinger and Realpolitik: From Enlightenment to Barbarity

Editor’s Note: With this article, The Socialist completes its three-part series examining the continuing influence of Henry Kissinger’s pernicious conception of international “diplomacy,” today known as Realpolitik. In the first two installments, Mateo Pimentel (“Seeing Red”) and Steve Rossignol (“Lest We Forget”) recount

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Donald Trump and America’s “Night of the Long Knives”

Words matter. Sometimes they do because they express truth, yet often because they only convince. Propagandists understand this well and congenitally favor persuasion over accuracy. The rhetoric of the current presidential election season is seasoned with spicy epithets: Bernie Sanders the “socialist,”

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Guns in America: Marketing Military Lethality

This is a re-posting of the original from Dec. 2013. ——— Newtown, Connecticut shuddered on December 14, 2012. While the massacre of twenty-six innocents was unexpected, what followed was far from unpredictable. While the victim’s loved ones grieved, the NRA consoled itself

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From “Victory at Sea” to “War Stories”: Some Things Never Change

Events of this past week are at least ironic when viewed through a 70-year-old lens. On September 2, the world reflected upon the destruction and carnage of its first nuclear conflict. On that date in 1945, a rapacious imperial Japanese military campaign

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