I have a new addition to my queer library: It’s MSNBC host Rachel Maddow‘s new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. Maddow traces Founding Father’s views on military and war to the current shroud of secrecy surrounding military intelligence, the explosion of the military industrial complex, and the public disconnect between battle and bloodshed.
The most petrifying picture Maddow paints in the book is of business owners profiting off other people’s hardship and death. This is not a new concept. By mere definition, capitalism only operates at the expense of others. But the U.S. government has put a very real pricetag on our safety and freedom during the War on Terror, and consequently, defense contractors are monetizing military actions. Taxpayers are putting government contractors in mansions, while their products put people in coffins.
There isn’t a strong anti-war sentiment in the U.S. these days. Most of us have only seen war in movies, on TV and in the news (that is, when there isn’t anything else to grab headlines). War has always been something that happens out there. It’s not in our streets. It’s not in our homes.
The United States has lost a few thousand people in the War on Terror, meaning a large number of Americans (especially young Americans) don’t know anyone who has experienced war, let alone died in one. We have no idea how terrible war is. We know people die. We know it destroys lives. But war isn’t tangible to us.
Drift is a great read for understanding who exactly benefits financially and politically from the atrocities of war, as well as the global stratification fed by the War on Terror. Plus Maddow tackles the myth that additional spending on security measures and war makes us safer.
But there’s some good news: One lucky reader will get a signed copy of Drift. To enter the giveaway, share this post on your social networks (you know, like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) and then leave a comment on this post before Tuesday, April 10, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Please leave your email address in the email field of the comment form so I can contact you if you win. (Don’t worry, your email address won’t be publicly visible and I will only use it to contact the winner.)
UPDATE: Apparently there’s been some confusion regarding how to enter the contest. Please just share this post on your social networks and then leave a comment on this post. When filling out the comment form it should look something like this:
I will enter the amount of comments into a random number generator online, and whichever number comes out, the corresponding comment will receive a copy. For example, if the random number generator picks five, the person who left the fifth comment will receive the book.
Hope this helps.
UPDATE 2: The contest is now closed. Find out who won in this post.Follow @QueerKnowledge