Friday, January 17, 2014 — We weren’t optimistic about having anything fresh to put up here so soon after yesterday’s post. But, lo and behold, today The Guardian has a piece about the NHRebellion from former Navy corpsman Michael McCarthy.
According to The Guardian, McCarthy served in Afghanistan in 2008. As a corpsman, he would have been patching up — or trying to patch up — U.S. Marines blown up or shot up in his immediate vicinity. In certain circles that confers about as much cred as any one man can lift.
From those same circles — at least, since the military draft was abolished — we often hear that “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press,” &c., &c.
It’s ironic that that homage to the military is so popular in this country, since it’s really just a variation of Chairman Mao’s old saying, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
Military force is authoritarianism, applied to the deliver of violence. It is not inherently virtuous — far from it. In fact, military force can only be good when it is used in the defense of that which is in itself inherently good, and only when that is necessary, and only when used in proportion to the threat.
All the soldier — or Marine — can guarantee us is authoritarianism, and we have enough of that in this country already: one of our two political parties believes in it; the other is afraid to directly confront it.
McCarthy and the NHRebellion are doing that on our behalf.
Dern right, Pilgrim. The New Hampshire Rebellion is underway. And it’s about time.
The NHRebellion is a group of people walking the length of the State of New Hampshire — right now, in January.
Their purpose is to make sure every candidate in the 2016 presidential primary answers clearly and specifically this one question: How are you going to end the system of corruption in Washington?
Their effort has stimulated us to use this site as something more than a delivery device for our Digital Subscribers.
We had an item on the NHRebellion in the Alleged News section of the December 27, 2013 issue of our paper [warning: 4.6 MB .pdf file].
Meanwhile, Hedrick Smith is roaming the country, and this state, speaking about his latest book, whose title, Who Stole the American Dream?, asks the central question of our time. You don’t often see journalists at the top of the media food chain doing that. From what we hear, audiences are responding with great enthusiasm.
Giving credit where it’s due, Howard Altshiller had a very good piece in the Portsmouth Herald about Smith and the enthusiastic reception his book is getting. To our chagrin, it’s better that what we had in our January 10th issue [warning: 4.7 MB .pdf file].
So, since relevant things are actually happening, we’re going to try to use this medium, to the extent we can, to follow some of them. Don’t expect too much. We’ve got a newspaper to put out.