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Historian, Agitator, Sicilian

“The Commodification of the Vietnam War: Popular Culture and American Militarism”

From Condemnation to Restoration (Talk at Université Grenoble Alpes, 25 April 2018)     Capitalism, Politics, Power, and History Gramsci and the cultural politics of the elites Debord’s “spectacle” and “the autocratic reign of the market.” Tom Frank’s “Conquest of … Continue reading

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It Wasn’t Just Cronkite

    50 years ago on February 27th, 1968 Walter Cronkite went on national TV with his “Report From Vietnam,” and rattled America.  The most trusted newsman in the country at the time and a supporter of the war until … Continue reading

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Gun Crazy

I’m in Venice this semester as a visiting professor, so I’m not keeping up with U.S. politics like I normally would.  But I woke up to another report of a mass killing at a public place, another school. Yesterday, after … Continue reading

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Suicide and Guns–AFSP Tells Gun Safety Groups to Get Lost

  “Suicide Prevention Walk Organizers Tell Gun Control Advocates to Keep Away” That’s a headline from this past Friday’s “Voice of San Diego” News Organization website.  It forced me to do a triple-take because I was saddened and angry. I … Continue reading

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HouChron Op-Ed on VN, Afghanistan

What can Vietnam War teach us about Afghanistan, North Korea? Prompted by documentary, historian examines parallels to current conflict in Afghanistan By Robert Buzzanco September 30, 2017 Updated: October 1, 2017 9:10am http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/What-can-Vietnam-War-teach-us-about-Afghanistan-12243521.phphttp://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/What-can-Vietnam-War-teach-us-about-Afghanistan-12243521.php On Wednesday, Taliban forces fired rockets at … Continue reading

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Hugh Hefner, Cultural Rebel

Hef was as much a cultural revolutionary as America could produce at mid-century. Began Playboy right after the Kinsey studies were published, while McCarthyism was in full swing. Got called a “Communist” for undermining American morals, “weakening” American society against … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’s War Stories

[Original version at History News Network, 21 September 2017] I began my first book on Vietnam (Masters of War) with a poem, Adrian Mitchell’s “To Whom It May Concern”: You put your bombers in, you put your conscience out. You … Continue reading

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