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It’s not just political anymore–it’s personal. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world nic, amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes. Western society is becoming militarised in hitherto unimaginable ways. At times, however, Turse’s arguments do fall short of the mark — and can even seem a little specious.

domplex He investigates the remarkable range of military incursions into the civilian world: Other books in this series. Similarly Turse being the data-hunter that he is shows the rapidly growing level of financial incentives that the Pentagon is using to increase volunteer enlistment during wartime.

That said, Turse has obviously hit upon a topic of great worry, arguably one of the most pressing problem facing the future of American democracy, namely the insidious growth of nic military-industrial complex to where its ubiquity appears to dwarf even its already gargantuan size at the time of Eisenhower’s prophetic farewell speech warning against just such an establishment.

A lot seems to have been dredged up from Wired ‘s future-war blog Danger Room, and the work of other investigative reporters, who only get credited at the end. Tense Tips on technique 7: Menu Skip to content.

A large portion of The Complex is given over to showing how the military markets itself to the youth market with X Games-style extreme coolness, hip ads, MySpace pages, and a well-calibrated trend-consciousness in order to brand itself as an awesome way for kids to get some money and see the world. This is the new, high-tech military-industrial complex: Turse is research director at the Nation -affiliated Tomdispatch. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.


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The Complex

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References to The Matrix could make Turse seem a paranoid geek. In impressive detail, Nick Turse shows how the military is now tied to everything from your morning cup of Starbucks to the video games your kids play before turning in for the night.

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Just like far too many current muckraking books, The Complex doesn’t seem to rely much on humans for its hair-raising figures. Pages to import images to Wikidata. The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

But in the manner of fellow fulminator and Sorrows of Empire author Chalmers Johnson, this is a point that Turse seems hardly to have considered. But with only the occasional blog-style snark breaking the monotony and when Turse tries to be funny, the results aren’t pretty and no deeper analysis of why all of this is a problem, how it came about, and what can be done about it, The Complex becomes more an angry recitation of data think of all those menacing lines of code from The Matrix than a book.


Stubborn Buggers Tim Bowden. It turns out the current manufacturer of Scrabble boards, Hasbro, also owns the license for the Action Man franchise, and has consulted with the military to ensure the accuracy of the camouflage gear worn by the toy soldier. Most would not see this as incontrovertible proof of the warmongering potential of Scrabble.

The Best Jazz of Who Rules the World? The idea that we could be surrounded and influenced on a daily basis by military propaganda seems preposterous — the stuff of conspiracy theory. The Best Music of Turse’s writing is lucent, well-sourced and assured, although his arguments occasionally fail to hit the mark.

The Pentagon works with Hollywood to develop new robot weapons systems, and encourages Hollywood to glorify and sanitise military violence.

The Complex

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