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Herman Melville

The main characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Benito Cereno represent the dark, corrupting branches of American imperialism.  

Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.

Nick Turse’s Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.

Eugene Debs

For Christopher McKnight Nichols, isolationists were cultural cosmopolitans who distrusted the impact of empire.

Citizen Vidal

As an elegant essayist and critic of empire, Gore Vidal had no peer. Oh, how the Republic misses its persistent suitor!

Soldier in Afghanistan

Covert operations have now assumed a dominant—and destructive—role in US foreign policy.

Ruins of the World Trade Center

In the wake of 9/11, we have summoned up imaginary demons to spare ourselves from facing the all-too-real burdens of our time.

Why are poorer and less-educated citizens more likely to die in America's wars?

Clive James's erudite new collection of essays celebrates the best of twentieth-century art, thought and politics.

Are Bush and Cheney so wedded to their delusions that they might
gun the car and head directly over the cliff in a confrontation with