June 27, 2006
Another Thing I’ve Been Meaning to Read
Okay, this is it. I really really have to read me some Beard.
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.
The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.
Anyone for class warfare?
When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.
— Charles Austin Beard, American historian (1878-1949)
Posted by Chuck Dupree at June 27, 2006 12:20 AM
The Wikipedia entry led me to articles by Andrew Bacevich, who writes brilliantly about US militarism and the Cold War. He argues that we were led into Vietnam by the fact that, contrary to propaganda and popular perception, the Cold War was asymmetrical, with the US having by far the predominence in military power. Presidential advisors in the "national security bureaucracy" overestimated America's power and guaranteed that our overwhelming power would prevail. It, of course, did not. The same process led Bush, advised by hawks like Rumsfeld and Cheney, to plunge into the disastrous adventure in Iraq.
Samples of his writing can be found at these websites. They're more than worth the time you'll spend reading them.