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Jan 29Liked by Hamilton Nolan

Having worked with immigrant students for the last 4 years, I work with many young men who due to interrupted education are still in high school at "military age". Not only do most young immigrants understand the privilege it is to be in the U.S. and work hard to achieve their dreams, but the violence they are fleeing almost all has roots in U.S. policy. There's not enough room to go into the U.S. backed coups, but I will say ATF found that 40% of guns recovered from crimes in Central America and 70% in Mexico came from the U.S.

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We need to look at everyone through the lens of humanity, even terrorists and criminals. The less OTHER'ing we do with people, the better off society is in general. Thank you for writing this though :)

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Jan 29Liked by Hamilton Nolan

Solid essay - your call for looking at people through a lens of humanity certainly feels right. For me, I try to use humanity as the anchor when the media stories get crazy.

This essay was not the place, but somewhere in your writing you need to help us put in context the idea of the just war. You consistently frame national defense as a tool for evil, counter to the welfare of the people. I know there are lots of foreign policy abuses but isn't there some case for national defense in resisting the naked aggression of Putin, Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping? Until you address this question, your world view is missing a key part of its foundation.

Thanks for helping me think through today's headlines.

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This is a very sick mentality that, as you rightly said, is embodied by the saying 'when you're a hammer all you see are nails'.

I wish the USA and its allies had the grace to be a constructive force in the world, get their military out of the Middle East and the rest of the world, and support their own populations instead.

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When the article started, I assumed that the battalion of public-service veterans were writing to warm about treason in the ranks - Trump quickly found Secret Service members who were willing to become Trump staff rather than SS staff; FBI staff were known to really hate Hillary Clinton, and worked to find things wrong with her in 2016.

If anybody has a mentality that the American people are the Enemy, it's a law-enforcement organization that has been criticized.

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Obviously none of you have read Information Warfare by Billyana Lilly. The case studies of what is going on being directed by Putin. I guess it going to take someone targeting you and beating your spouse almost to death to get you to open your eyes. This article is misinformed and misleading. Wow.

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And all this sounds all too familiar. When I was a child in California, "wetbacks" from Latin America, protesters against the Vietnam war, and Martin Luther King and his associates, among many others, were treated the same way by the "establishment". In this essential regard, little or no progress has occurred in the USA during my lifetime.

"Person in the street shrugs / 'Security comes first' / But the trouble with normal is / It always gets worse" (Bruce Cockburn, "The trouble with normal", 1983)

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If subscriptions were a dollar per instead of five, you’d have more than five times as many subscribers, betcha

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An interesting statistic in this regard would be the quantifying of per capita armed enforcement and security employees of every kind, from the unarmed support staff of all these to all involved in weapons production. With a side note about the changing ratio of government (all levels) vs private armed security staffing. This would include the conflict theater mercenaries, like the Eric Prince business, whatever it's called now. My guess is that this "industry", which can include the armies of investigators, analysts, prosecutors, every activity that deals with violent conflict, is an unimaginable money suck on the world's economy and resources, both human and otherwise. The ultra rich can easily buy their own private armed forces. Ordinary citizens can organize into armed "militias" freely. Let's imagine the accumulation of expense and human resources consumed by all this diverted to beneficial productive activity. What would be the drop in crime and armed conflict and the gain in human comfort and sustainable future? The costs of all this are always increasing as is the problems it's supposed to be reducing. Well, they'll tell you, imagine where we'd be if not for our security apparatus. But then the notion creeps up on you: How much of insecurity is because of it?

How much did the U S sped over the past century to maintain the capitalist class structure of the western hemisphere that has resulted in the border crossing/asylum seeker crisis? The banana and coffee plantation operators will tell you it was worth every penny.

Pelosi's claim that pro-Palestinian protest is influenced by Russian infiltrators is her way of maintaining her membership in the corrupt club of supporting Israeli control of our institutions.

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OooOoo I’m here to be an annoying bitch sorry.

I’m excited to support your work (tho I wish your tour was coming to CA) but after all the annoying bullshit with substack I can’t imagine paying to subscribe through them and giving 10% off the top to the free speech chuds. I hope there continues to be more opportunities to support this newsletter outside of substack.

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I think you make some great points, HamNo, and I'm not trying to debate them. From my view, the thing about Pelosi is less about National Security Brain Disease and more that she can't envision anyone in her party not agreeing with her, so either treats them as gadflies (AOC and other Squad members, when she was speaker) or curiosities that can't possibly exist (Dems and Lefties who are protesting Israel's actions in Gaza) so they have to be plants or Suspiciously Motivated. She's always had blind spots for anything that gets in her way of being right about everything.

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