"To be an American against U.S. wars and aid to repressive regimes, you must be against the American empire, because that is where the impulse for war and aid come from. To be against the American empire, you must be against American exceptionalism, because that is where the impulse for empire comes from. War is the symptom, empire is the disease, and exceptionalism is the cause."
Writings by Caleb Rossiter, a progressive activist who has spent four decades fighting against and writing about the U.S. foreign policy of supporting repressive governments in the formerly colonized countries.
On Memorial Day 2013 I launched a new website, the American Exceptionalism Media Project. Please visit it to read our posts, and see how we plan to disrupt the transmission of exceptionalist and imperial propaganda to the next generation of Americans! The first post was the lead letter in the Washington Post calling for an end to the exceptionalist "long war" for control of the Middle East and North Africa. More recent posts analyze Pentagon propaganda campaigns designed to convince the public and potential recruits that our armed forces are "a global force for good."
My foreign policy blog: Empire is Evil. Most recent entry: January 29, 2014: Global Reach Starts with Community Outreach. Previous post: April 3, 2013: The UN Arms Trade Treaty: An Agreement on Arms -- With No Teeth.
My education blog: Real Reform. Most recent entry: January 9, 2014: Jay Mathews' Book and the Mathematica Study: What Do We Know About the KIPP Charter Schools? Previous Posts: December 4, 2013: Why I Resigned from a Charter High School; May 28, 2013: Fixing "No Child Left Behind" -- Impossible, so Work around It to Help Poor Kids; February 25, 2013: (Expletive) no, Doc -- Ain’t Nobody Learnin’ Nothin’ Today – So What Should We Do with High-Poverty High Schools?
My "climate change" blog: We Love Electricity. Most recent entry: May 5, 2014: My op-ed in the Wall Street Journal: Sacrificing Africa for Climate Change: Western policies seem more interested in carbon dioxide levels than life expectancy, and reactions to it. Prior to that: May 13, 2013: My Last Piece on "Climate Change": The Debate is finally over on Global Warming -- Because Nobody will Debate. Prior to that: why global temperature drives carbon dioxide levels and not the other way around, why "350" is an impossible and undesirable goal, and why fracking is an easily-regulated economic dream.
I left the congressional staff in 2009 to write a book explaining why both parties in Congress support an imperial foreign policy of domination in the formerly colonized countries, and how to attack the sources of that support. The book was published in October 2010 by Algora Publishing. Click on this link to see the cover, read a summary, find links to reviews, and even buy it: The Turkey and the Eagle: The Struggle for America's Global Role.
Here is an an excerpt from the Introduction, entitled The Real Issue.
Read and download my 1996 book on the anti-war movement: The Chimes of Freedom Flashing: A Personal History of the Vietnam Anti-war Movement and the 1960.
Read and download articles and reports I have written on: U.S. domination of developing countries, the arms trade, "climate change," the Vietnam War, foreign aid, Africa, landmines, and even mathematics.
Here is an appreciation for the life and work of Edie Wilkie, who was executive director of the Congressional Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus.
HS Woodson math students, click here for assignments and resources.
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