|Tonight on TDS, Robert Reich, with the documentary Inequality for All; Kamau's got writer/performer/cultural commentator Kristina Wong; and on TCR it's Andrew Bacevich, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.|
|Kind of a theme night tonight.
Jon's got Robert Reich, talking about his film "Inequality for All" (you might recall the kickstarter), which will be in 'selected theaters' starting 9/27. There'll probably also be assorted screenings from various orgs who have your email, too.
Multiple articles compare the movie to Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, but better. Or not as good, or just different (sigh). But then, I only found a few articles, and not that many reviews --RottenTomatoes only lists seven at the moment (tomatometer rating is 100%,though). I expect more will pop up over the next few weeks.
Here's a bit from a review on RT:
Sundance 2013: INEQUALITY FOR ALL ReviewSo apparently it's a 101-level course. Another review from the film's Sundance showing agrees:
...Reich will have viewers ready to follow him into battle, but he needs to lead a charge.
Stephen's got "Military Intellectual" Andrew Bacevich, with his Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country. Here's a bit from a review by Rachel Maddow in the NYTimes:
America is, truly, exceptional in the scale of our military commitments; it is the defining context of our role among nations. In his abrasive, heartbreaking new book, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” Andrew J. Bacevich starts from the assumption that our modern militarism is unsustainable and unwise. He then proceeds to assign blame, mercilessly: to the public (for our consumerist apathy); to the Pentagon (for its “generals who had slept undisturbed back when Warsaw Pact commanders had ostensibly been planning to launch World War III” but who “now fretted nervously over the prospect of their budget taking a hit”); to the contractors (whose profiteering steals honor from the soldiers they serve alongside); and, naturally, to the politicians. Even Fenway Park and the Red Sox come in for blame, for the staging of a sailor’s homecoming at a July 4 game that left Bacevich all but retching over the “convenient mechanism for voiding obligation, . . . a made-to-order opportunity for conscience-easing.”Other reviews at Amazon and B&N, of course. Kirkus (at B&N) mentioned:
Bacevich...offers a subtitle that is more than a little misleading, suggesting as it does that his complaint is a general failure to “support our troops.” Instead, the author sees the widespread support-the-troops sentiments only as periodic feel-good moments for citizens who otherwise have nothing to do with the fighting and dying—and as crass opportunities for merchandisers...He goes after some individuals, too; among them is Gen. Stanley McChrystal, whose understanding of the challenges in Afghanistan, Bacevich claims, were “spectacularly arrogant or stunningly obtuse.” The author argues that the current system benefits only those in power and that the national security state does little but enrich some people and keep them in power.
|Bit different over at Totally Biased. Kamau Bell's got writer/performer/cultural commentator/etc Kristina Wong, possibly re: this:
If my vagina had a guest book, it would look like the roster of the United Nations (if the United Nations consisted of a small group of broke-ass ambassadors of different ethnic backgrounds). Lately, though, with white guys I’ve dated, I’m consistently finding out that I’m one in a long line of Asian women they’ve dated. It’s awkward.Also, she'll be going to Uganda soon to work with microloan NGO Women’s Global Empowerment Fund. Hope she talks some about that.