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State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America's Empire
A masterful account of how sixty years of American militarism created the Cold War, fanned decades of unnecessary conflict, helped to fuel Islamist terror, and threatens to bankrupt the country.75% (15)
For most of the twentieth century, the sword has led before the olive branch in American foreign policy. In eye-opening fashion, State vs. Defense shows how America truly operates as a superpower and explores the constant tension between the diplomats at State and the warriors at Defense.
State vs. Defense characterizes all the great figures who crafted American foreign policy, from George Marshall to Robert McNamara to Henry Kissinger to Don Rumsfeld with this underlying theme: America has become increasingly imperial and militaristic.
Take, for example, the Pentagon, which as of 2010, acknowledged the concentration of 190,000 troops and 115,000 civilian employees inside 909 military facilities in 46 countries and territories. The price of America’s military-base network overseas, along with the expense of its national security state at home, is enormous. The bill comes in at well over $1 trillion. That is equal to nearly 8 percent of GDP and more than 20 percent of the federal budget. (By comparison, China, Russia, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea, the five countries Pentagon planners routinely trot out as conventional threats to the national well-being, have a cumulative security budget of just over $200 billion.) Quietly, gradually—and inevitably, given the weight of its colossal budget and imperial writ—the Pentagon has all but eclipsed the State Department at the center of U.S. foreign policy.
In the tradition of classics such as The Wise Men, The Best and the Brightest, and Legacy of Ashes, State vs. Defense explores how and why American leaders succumbed to the sirens of militarism, how the republic has been lost to an empire, and how “the military-industrial complex” that Eisenhower so famously forewarned has set us on a stark path of financial peril.
"Dragoon Fafnir" - group project in the frame of 2010 Introduction to Product Design Summer Course at NABA, Milan, directed by Duilio Forte. Wood, metal (FINAL PIECE)
The New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan (NABA) is the largest and most innovative private art and design school in Italy. Since 2003, NABA offers summer courses for students who wish to have a new approach of design with the opportunity to experience it with a topical project theme under the guidance of renowned professionals and in cooperation with specialized companies. During this journey, students are able to work and assist to lectures such as in a real design school during the year. NABA gives a wide choice of courses to Summer students, such as Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Product Design and Interior Design. At NABA, Introduction to Product Design class is a way to understand design and the Italian style, a mix of art, tradition and modernity that should be useful to life. During this course, students assist to different lectures, discover Italian culture by visiting the city, create personal notebooks, and especially work on a building project in group with the help of a well known designer. I personally decided to choose this class because I have been fascinated by the Italian design culture for the last few years. By taking introduction to product design during the Summer, I have learned the basic of design, and also, what the Italian style is defined and how important it globally is. To collaborate with Duilio Forte, an Italian designer and Founder of Atelier Forte (his design group), was a remarkable experience to understand better Italian Design. At Atelier Forte, we had the chance to discover Duilio Forte’s artistic universe by working with his team on a construction project called “Fafnir”, a dragon house. During an entire week, the introduction to product design class helped Atelier Forte’s team to build the project. It was a good way to get to know each other, communicate on different ideas, and also to understand how important it can be to cooperate in groups and to help each other. Building this project was also a way to learn how to work with some materials such as wood and metals, to acquire some working crafts techniques and to become more familiar with them. By working with my own hands, I discovered that contemporary design could also be craftsmanship and could be different from common industrial products that are vulgarized today. Also, in trying to elaborate a project from the conception to the ending phase of realization in following every single step is really important to better understand design, and actually not that easy if you are not putting enough love in your project. (excerpt from my report)The beauty is our statement, the fashion is our living, the travel makes us prouder, the love is the magic we give, enjoy around the world! Wonderful moments!:)
Lifestyle is a term to describe the way a person lives, which originally coined by Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler in 1929. The current broader sense of the word dates from 1961. A set of behaviors, and the senses of self and belonging which these behaviors represent, are collectively used to define a given lifestyle. The term is defined more broadly when used in politics, marketing, and publishing. A lifestyle is a characteristic bundle of behaviors that makes sense to both others and oneself in a given time and place, including social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. The behaviors and practices within lifestyles are a mixture of habits, conventional ways of doing things, and reasoned actions. A lifestyle typically also reflects an individual's attitudes, values or worldview. Therefore, a lifestyle is a means of forging a sense of self and to create cultural symbols that resonate with personal identity. Not all aspects of a lifestyle are entirely voluntaristic. Surrounding social and technical systems can constrain the lifestyle choices available to the individual and the symbols she/he is able to project to others and the self. The lines between personal identity and the everyday doings that signal a particular lifestyle become blurred in modern society. For example, "green lifestyle" means holding beliefs and engaging in activities that consume fewer resources and produce less harmful waste (i.e. a smaller carbon footprint), and deriving a sense of self from holding these beliefs and engaging in these activities. Some commentators argue that, in modernity, the cornerstone of lifestyle construction is consumption behavior, which offers the possibility to create and further individualize the self with different products or services that signal different ways of life. BY WIKIPEDIA! ENJOY!:)
Sexual identity has become an idol in both the culture at large and in the Christian subculture. And yet concepts like "gay" or "straight" are relatively recent developments in human history. We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation--even though these may not be the only or best ways to think about sexuality. Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris offers a Christian framework for sexual holiness that accounts for complex postmodern realities. She assesses problems with popular cultural and Christian understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality alike. The End of Sexual Identity moves beyond culture-war impasses to open up new space for conversations in diverse communities both inside and outside the church.Related topics:
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