Monthly Meeting: Foreign and Defense Policy

Hello everyone!

Next month's selection of readings will focus on defense and foreign policy.  With President Obama's selection of former Senator Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, the President has signaled a philosophical break and repudiation of the neoconservative policies of his predecessor.  Despite Hagel's background as a former Republican Senator, he was a consistent critic of the Iraq war and neoconservatism, and opposition to his selection has come from remaining neoconservative elements in the foreign policy community.  This coming debate over Hagel's nomination will serve as a nice backdrop for this month's reading, which will focus on Defense and Foreign Policy.

Our two books are:

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow

http://www.amazon.com/Drift-Unmooring-American-Military-Power/dp/0307460983

 

And

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein

http://www.amazon.com/Shock-Doctrine-Rise-Disaster-Capitalism/dp/0312427999/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358355009&sr=1-1&keywords=naomi+klein

 

As always you only need to read one of the books to be prepared to discuss the themes of the month.  I'm looking forward to seeing you all next month!

 

Neil

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  • Jim

    I had a good time. It'll really be fun next time!

    February 19, 2013

  • Michael C.

    Who is that NRA guy?

    February 18, 2013

  • Molly H.

    I wish I could have been there.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative. The historical narratives of our involvement in the "southern cone", Russia, Poland, and elsewhere span both political bodies, republican and democrat, and not being a single event it reveals various trends, and so I think those are the real teaching moments, and biggest patterns, that we can learn from most, but the talk was great and i enjoyed it a lot.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Neil V

    Excellent discussion all around. I'm looking forward to next month.

    February 16, 2013

  • Molly H.

    I can not be there. I have to attend a workshop, I would much rather talk with you guys.

    February 15, 2013

  • Andrea M.

    Studying for the North Dakota bar exam! Hopefully next month. I really enjoyed the 1 meeting I've attended.

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, have to be OOT. Hope to make next meeting.

    February 15, 2013

  • Annette

    Not going to get it read before Saturday. :(

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reading Rachel and enjoying her immensely! Unfortunately, I can't make the meeting after all. My Mom has beand sick and I need to go up on the weekend d do some grocery shopping for her and whatever else she needs help with. Keep. me in the loop -- I definitely want to make the next meeting! Thanks

    February 12, 2013

  • David G.

    Here are some articles by/about both books for our Feb mtg:

    SHOCK DOCRTINE -- Brief sum by the author (entire website devoted to the book)Klein: http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/the-book

    Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz review: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/books/review/Stiglitz-t.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=books&adxnnlx=1191080508-xgqHp+i170M7vW5X5Q4Yeg&;

    Critical review in the WashPost http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/21/AR2007112101919.html?nav=hcmodule

    A largely sympathetic review at The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/sep/15/politics

    DRIFT by MADDOW -- Review at Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/03/rachel_maddow_s_drift_reviewed_by_emily_bazelon_.single.html NYT review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/books/review/drift-by-rachel-maddow.html


    Finally, be thinking of any books - or general topic - you might want dfor next month!

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • NancY

    Yikes! The time has gone so fast this month I've not even cracked one of them open! See you next month!

    February 11, 2013

  • Molly H.

    I hope I finish one of the books.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey If I don't get those books, I will do my own work, it doesn't mean that information can not be found, right?

    January 16, 2013

    • David G.

      The week of the mtg, I always link to a fewr articles that summarize the theses of the books for that month. I know you all can do it yorselves, but I I do it as a courtesy, since having two books is hard. Check back here next Monday.

      February 4, 2013

  • Annette

    Hopefully, I'll be in town to make this one.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to reading Maddow's book. ;-)

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to turn in the maddow book. I am focused on the shock doctrine. it has a lot of detail.

    January 26, 2013

  • John W

    I've just listened to "Drift" on CD from library.

    January 26, 2013

  • NancY

    which one should I start with, if I get both from the library at the same time?

    January 24, 2013

    • Neil V

      Nancy - I would start with the Maddow book - it is shorter and probably more pertinent to recent events.

      January 24, 2013

    • Tom B.

      I have been reading shock doctrine. It is pretty long. The author makes a thought-provoking claim about the association of torture and modern free-market capitalism, but so far it is not very convincing to me. Still an interesting look at someone's perspective.

      January 24, 2013

  • NancY

    Hope I can get them read by then!

    January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes this book is in abundance. I wish my other groups had books I could find likewise. Well I got one of them from that suggestion Tom. I am a natural Quiter I guess so I am stuck with just one for now. The danger is that I might start poppin' off like I know some shit! Oh no.. not that!! Yes that!! Really the people in the group have done a great job with explaining themselves, I am ok with just listening to more of that. Let's see what happens.

    January 16, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Sean: Both books are available at the public library. One interesting part of having a book as a basis for discussion is the author's perspective of the issue. The difficulty of having two books (which seem to have very different points of view) is that it is hard to have a discussion revolving about the books when some of the people in the group have not read at least one.

    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great stuff for people to know

    January 16, 2013

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