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July 13, 2009


The Marines want to open schools in half dozen places to add to the more than a dozen military academies injected into public school systems around the country. This is not some rightwing plot. It was a Democratic Congress that last year approved increasing the number of JROTC units around the country. As one citizen opponent to the plan says, "To pursue children like they are is criminal in my mind." And he is a vet. The scheme has the support of Education Scretary Arne Duncan, who came from the Chicago system where they have six military schools.


Anonymous Boffin said...

For students so inclined, a military education in the best tradition of service, courage, and leadership is a great benefit to them-- and to the nation.

In my opinion these institutions and the young men and women they produce are a tremendous asset for our society. Far from being a danger, I believe they are a powerful bulwark against fascism.

July 13, 2009 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Git yer head outta yer ass, dipshit. said...

So, in your mind, while the advantaged chickenhawks who initiated perpetual unwinnable war (which will of course lead to fascism) fought long and hard to avoid military service even as officers, it's good policy to let them prey on disadvantaged adolescent boys who will be the grapeshot of those imperial corporate resource wars? Soon we'll have millions of pstd boys returning to terrorize their families and neighbors. Wonderful, maybe they can get jobs in law enforcement.

July 13, 2009 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to asses how the military affects cadets, then you have to take into account all the ones that wind up begging on the streets with serious mental problems. The idea that military training is somehow good for people is a huge myth that isn't supported by the facts. The military breeds some of the worst people you will ever find.

Stalin and Hitler weren't atheists, but they were military men.

Pull your head out of your ass, indeed, Boffin. If you want real assets to society, teach them science, not war. You want real discipline and compassion, look in the labs, not the barracks.

If soldiers were helpful against fascism, we wouldn't be in a fascist state. Scientists call authority on their bullshit. Soldiers don't.

July 14, 2009 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Stalin was probably an atheist.

July 14, 2009 1:07 AM  
Anonymous War is a racket said...

20 years in the Marine Corps turned my father away from all gentle, nurturing instincts and into an oppressive patriarchal militaristic authoritarian.

My son thinks it's disgraceful, immoral, and the ultimate stupidity to agree to go kill on command.

July 14, 2009 8:44 AM  

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