Shock Doctrine

‘Shock Doctrine’ Americana: Endless War as the Ultimate Business Model Disaster Capitalism on the battlefield and in the boardroom by William Astore A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan. (Photo: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue.  Congress may not be able to pass […]

What do we spend on war funding?

If you’ve heard a number for how much the U.S. spends on the military, it’s probably in the neighborhood of $530 billion. That’s the Pentagon’s base budget for fiscal 2013, and represents a 2.5% cut from 2012. But that $530 billion is merely the beginning of what the U.S. spends on national security. Let’s dig […]

Enough bases to sink the world

The Pentagon’s Planet of Bases … (America’s Pentagon? Yes!) India, a rising power, almost had one (but the Tajiks said no). China, which last year became the world’s second largest economy as well as the planet’s leading energy consumer, and is expanding abroad like mad (largely via trade and the power of the purse), still […]