'Full Spectrum Disorder: The Military in the New American Century'
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by Stan Goff
5 of 5 stars
What is the likelihood that the U.S. Government will eventually begin rounding up Leftists here in America?
It's not like it's never been done. I was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World ten years ago. I know from the history of that organization that the U.S. Government certainly DOES round up dissidents in large numbers - and proceed to incarcerate them for long sentences on false charges, and even kill them.
The I.W.W. has never been the same, just for what the U.S. Government did to it all those years ago as the nation entered World War I.
What's additionally tragic is that the American People, in their disgusted reaction to the war after the fact, forgot in their brief isolationism that the Wobblies (the I.W.W.) had told them it would be a horrible mistake. Americans continue to learn the hard way - until the billionaires and their servants find a new way to sell them on sacrificing their children and national treasure for the wealth and power of a very few.
One of the first people the FBI will come for in the approaching dark times will be Stan Goff, who used to be an integral part of the Machine. A former Special Forces operative of great experience ranging from Viet Nam to Somalia, he slowly turned to the Left as he came to realize he was helping an evil empire to rape the world. His transformation and its shining result - his illuminative powerful written testimonies - are deeply reminiscent of the legacy of another warrior-turned-dissident, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler of the United States Marine Corps. and writer of 'War is a Racket'.
People seem, for the most part, to have forgotten Butler, perhaps only because he was of World War I vintage. Readers will not forget Goff, who writes with immediacy and passion about his experiences and insights regarding current and recent events. They will receive a history lesson that takes us far deeper into familiar news than the powers-that-be would have us do. This explains why 'Full Spectrum Disorder: the Military in the New American Century' comes to us from Soft Skull Press, an 'underground' publishing house that oin Goff's estimation (and mine) takes courageous risks to expose alternate views. Of this kind of publisher, America is in desperate need.
As the synopsis on the back of my softcover says, "...this is not the typical soldier's memoir." Goff truly brings us truth and pain in the context of his difficult experiences as an American soldier. He hides nothing from us, and he exposes his broken sense of Americanness in what is truly a confession and a revelation.
This is also a highly readable, energetic and inspiring book. You'll read the whole thing through without becoming parched in any of its text, which has been edited for powerful clarity and accessibility without sacrificing any of its message nor frank honesty. For this, Goff credits his editor, Nick Mamatas; however I suspect that he is more self-effacing than he need be about his own authorship in his interesting preface, calling himself an 'amateur pen'. He may be, at this writing, a fairly new published author, but everyone needs an editor and he is no amateur.
This is a highly essential radical book that every leftist should read if they focus at all on global sociopolitik and that every American should read if they have the stones to seek out a dissident point-of-view, which in these days is an act approaching real illegality.
Again, as the synopsis says, this is an important book that "draws some starkly brutal conclusions about the risks we all face in the dangerous last days of an unstable empire."
I got my copy from Amazon.com, but you can also support the publisher directly at www.softskull.com . As a dissident myself, I encourage you to purchase a brand-new copy to support this important new author and a courageous and conscientious underground publisher.