Thanks for posting this. I think they make excellent points, without exception above.
They should follow their own advice too, and not publish such pieces in closed access sources behind pay walls, or at least publish another version, maybe longer, online and open access.
For once I see very intelligent people speaking up about the hallowed “balance” ideal. I too noticed the presence of military anthropologists on those panels and commissions, whose very clear aim is to provide cover for themselves. Panels on HTS make sure to invite McFate, for example, and aside from all of my respect for Price and Gonzalez, I wondered what the logic was behind their decision to provide her with more propaganda space (I still don’t get it, sorry). Hugh Gusterson said on Inside Higher Ed that the goal should be to replace bad speech with good speech. Great, so why do they need her bad speech?
Savage Minds had a military anthropologist, Laura McNamara, as a guest blogger, but they have never had a strong critic of military anthropology as a guest blogger, which also makes me wonder about their choices. On the other hand, at least they have one or two such critics within their ranks.
Laura McNamara, for all her pretense of objectivity, was one of the first to come and scream at me on my blog for not being mournful enough in my minuscule post announcing the death of Bhatia. This is the same person who works for a weapons lab, and serves on high level AAA panels. It’s a small one, but it is one among a number of reasons that I rather detest and distrust the AAA. The Network of Concerned Anthropologists, besides needing a name that has some spirit to it, should consider setting itself up as a rival anthropological association. It’s still great that they actually formed, so I am not complaining about that, nor criticizing them for the impact that they actually have had, if you read the latest issue of Military Review.
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Thanks a lot for your comment, Max. Yes, recently, the balance ideal has been often criticised, like for example during the war on Gaza or when debating climate change. And of course, there are no public debates on immigration without right-wing extremists in the panel. The debates won’t necessarily gain in quality because of the “balance ideal".
I think it’s okay that Savage Minds invited a military anthropologist - most or all of the Savage Minds bloggers oppose the HTS, I suppose, it’s balance again yeah, but that does not mean that one cannot have a good conversation (at least in theory). I think it would be interesting and important to study these military people.
Yes, have you told them about your idea? A AAA rival organisation sounds like a good idea!
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This war is the second expensive for U.S. after the World War II. Here I’ve tried to summarize all costs of the Iraq war for Americans: