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War Is the Force that Gives Masculinity Meaning

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In 2002, when Pulitzer Prize winner, Chris Hedges published War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, he wrote in depth about the warrior culture that is the USA. “The communal march against an enemy generates a warm, unfamiliar bond with our neighbors, our community, our nation, wiping out unsettling undercurrents of alienation and dislocation," he wrote. “It gives us purpose, meaning, a reason for living.” In 2014 the American military-industrial-media complex is still salivating for war to further line its pockets. And a president elected to get us out of two wars in which we were mired, displays caution but finds himself pressured on many sides to do something warrior-like. The drumbeat includes the usual: ramping up of fear against an enemy, claims of a threat to what's now called the “Homeland,” and images of cruelty that invoke the sense that “we can't let them get away with that, especially when they do it to Americans.” Few are interviewed in mainstream media who ar…