“Meanwhile, a military ethos has captured the American psyche, resulting in the rise of a crude and caustic brand of masculinity: all brawn, no sensitivity. This mirrors imperial hubris abroad and is rooted in a sense of male entitlement. From teenage kids gang-raping a helpless girl in Steubenville to George Zimmerman’s vigilantism and the recurrent spree killings in public buildings throughout the nation, the disease of American militarism does not only ravage innocents abroad. Through decades of disproportionate spending on armaments and the concomitant glorification of war and the warrior, violence has been turned into virtue. How can we pretend to criticize the jihadist abroad when it is precisely this sort of fatalism that we have nurtured at home?”
Currently in the “playing over and over again but not tired of” phase with the Begin Again soundtrack. Highly recommend it and (to a lesser extent) the film it accompanies.
Veep had so many great lines this season, but “Siri: Why does God allow suffering” may be my favorite. Absolutely slayed me.