Brainwashed into self-destruction

H. Bruce Franklin explains how science fiction and other pop culture phenomena helped to inure us to the development (and occasional deployment) of our nation’s apocalyptic military machine.

I would add that our burgeoning infrastructure of domestic totalitarianism is based more on fictionally motivated paranoia and fantastical aspiration than on tangible necessity.  The sorts of imaginations that see fit to spend our nation’s treasure on this infrastructure– rather than on more constructive social investment– will not hesitate to deploy this apocalyptic and dystopian hardware when they’re given the opportunity.

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