Who Sees What from Where and Why

vision

One of the main assertions of my book, The Turncoat Chronicles, is that there are aspects of American society which can be seen better from abroad than from “under the American bell jar.” What we outsiders can see clearly–while wondering why the Americans themselves have so much trouble discerning the same phenomena– is how the United States interacts both with other countries around the world, as well as with their domestic minorities. From abroad we see cynicism, manipulation, lies, pre-emptive warfare, economic abuses, and torture. Inside of the United States we see a troubled and truculent populace armed to the teeth, the world’s largest prison population, and the loathsome death penalty. I’m sorry. That’s what we see in the media, both domestic and foreign, online and offline, along with the unending attempts by the U.S. establishment to cover it all up or simply deny it. Continue reading

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An Amazing Link to the Past… and the Present

In the past few days I’ve added a couple of features to this blog, the beginning of a section of links (“blogroll” in the language of blogging), and a page of quotes from The You of My Song. The links are an important part of the site, as a large part of the book is concerned with communication, and most of these links are to my most trusted and admired sources, people I think everybody should know. These links are just the beginning. I will continue to add more as time goes by.

I want to mention an amazing source which I ran across while doing the research for The You of My Song. I thought that YouTube.com was a site for teenagers to show off their skills in skate boarding and ukelele playing, and for nostalgia buffs to find performances by Leadbelly and Buddy Holly. It is that, but it is much more. I found that it is also a vast audio-visual library of historic and present personages and events. This discovery occurred when I was searching the Web for President Eisenhower’s farewell address, the one where he warns about the potential threat to the American democracy posed by “the military-industrial complex.”

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