William Astore: Back to the Future at the Pentagon

Very insightful exploration of America’s seemingly inescapable militaristic mindset. Via Vox Populi…

Vox Populi

Why 2021 Looks So Much Like 1981 — And Why That Should Scare Us.

The future isn’t what it used to be. As a teenager in the 1970s, I watched a lot of TV science fiction shows, notably Space: 1999 and UFO, that imagined a near future of major moon bases and alien attacks on Earth. Movies of that era like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey envisioned colossal spaceships and space stations featuring international crews on mind-blowing missions to Jupiter and beyond. Who’d have thought that, 20 years after Kubrick’s alternate reality of 2001, we humans would effectively be marooned on a warming “sixth extinction” planet with no moon bases and, to the best of my knowledge, no alien attacks either.

Sure, there’s been progress of a sort in the heavens. Elon Musk’s Space X may keepgoing downin flames, but the Chinese now…

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