Monday, February 19, 2018

Binding the Strong Man: Youth have the NRA in the Crosshairs

About thirty of us stood in the frigid Michigan breeze in February 18th here in my small town of about 24,000 souls. We had homemade signs protesting gun violence, gun culture, and gun industry/culture lobbying. We were in front of the Historic Courthouse along Main Street. This is the commercial center for an agricultural region, and I’d SWAG that around sixty percent of all passing vehicles were one model or another of pickup truck. Lots of honks in solidarity. One fool that rode around the block with a bullhorn out the driver’s window blaring that we were “liberal fags.” Many blank faces, because a lot of people here don’t get out much and they are preoccupied with their own rat-races for survival. Trucks passed with NRA stickers, and every truck with one was occupied by white people. Several sported both NRA stickers and Marine Corps globe-and-anchors, which look a lot alike in a way. One truck went past with a dead buck in the back, antlers displayed by the proud hunter above the bed panels.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: "Do you see this woman?"

difficult choices

I don’t like Walmart. It is a predatory capitalist monopoly that thrives on miserable, low-paid labor from around the world, environmental vandalism, and the worst kinds of consumer manipulation. Walmart wields considerable and malignant political power. It is, to use my Christian idiom, one of the principalities and powers; and we know who’s in charge of those.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hierarchy and Abyss

If I am sliding uncontrollably down a steep embankment headed for a cliff, I won't look for a ladder. I'll flail and clutch for anything--animal, vegetable, or mineral--to get hold of and arrest the fall.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Smashwords Interview

Interview with Stan Goff

What prompted you to write this novel?

Masochism. I write nonfiction as a rule, and it is one thousand times easier than fiction. Because nonfiction does not require the emotional investment, and you can't resort to mere facts to ensure you haven't strayed from certain truths. I've been writing about war for over two decades, and about gender for a good portion of that. But how these two things mix to become twice as volatile is hard to get across in a theoretical or even historical conversation. I wanted to wrestle with these two things through the development of a story. And to use the actual experiences of others and myself to undermine the pernicious myths that perpetuate militarism.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans are expected to say something about Veteran's Day

on Veteran's Day.

Normally, I go on a kind of tangent about militarism and epistemology. This year I'm leaving all poking and sniffing and bloviating around the Veteran-as-signifier, to others. Because the signifier Veteran on Veteran's Day is contrived as a prop to show the sacredness of war. At the very inner core of our national rituals valorizing The Veteran is the love of war.

Wars are carried out by armed organizations, generally understood as the military, though there is a long menu of differing armed organizations engaged in a diversity of forms of war. Those organizations are comprised of humans, mostly male humans, but more and more including a female fraction as well. What does war and the preparation for war do to those people who are in those organizations?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017