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Friday Nite Videos | July 21, 2023

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film

J. Robert Oppenheimer’s Tragedy―and Ours

Lawrence Wittner Hollywood Progressive
The July 21, 2023 theatrical release of the film Oppenheimer, focused on the life of a prominent American nuclear physicist, should help to remind us of how badly the development of modern weapons has played out for individuals and all of humanity.

Oppenheimer, Nullified and Vindicated

Kai Bird The New Yorker
The inventor of the atomic bomb, the subject of Christopher Nolan’s new film, was the chief celebrity victim of the national trauma known as McCarthyism.

books

Narrative Napalm: Malcolm Gladwell’s Apologia for American Butchery

Noah Kulwin The Baffler
Portside typically aims at reviewing books offering a radical, cogent POV. This is not the case for the book here, a political slapdash whose trade-promoted author justifies if not glorifies mass slaughter in promoting war aims and imperial ventures.

California’s Apocalyptic ‘Second Nature’

Mike Davis Rose Luxemburg Stiftung NYC Blog
Lake Fire in California Fire in the Anthropocene has become the physical equivalent of endless nuclear war. A new, profoundly sinister nature is rapidly emerging from our fire rubble at the expense of landscapes we once considered sacred.

Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War? – Part II

Paul Ham History News Network
Taken together, or alone, the reasons offered in defense of the bomb do not justify the massacre of civilians. We debase ourselves, and the history of civilization, if we accept that Japanese atrocities warranted an American atrocity in reply.

Poet Survivors, Military Realists and Millennials: August 6 and 9

H Patricia Hynes Portside
75 years ago today the United States unleashed nuclear destruction on Japan and the world. “Nuclear war is a raging, insatiable beast whose instincts and appetites we pretend to understand but cannot possibly control.” Nothing justifies these weapons
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