American Qualities — “Neoliberalism’s Bastard Children”

2015 National Security Strategy (NSS), delivered on February 6 to Congress — Andrew Bacevich includes this in his piece today in Commonweal called Soft Thinking, Hard Problems Is There Any Strategy in the National Security Strategy.

Perhaps more importantly, the NSS catalog of American values omits several qualities, which we might describe as neoliberalism’s bastard children. Anyone who spends an hour paging through an issue of People magazine, an evening watching network television, or a day walking the streets of an American city will identify these as woven into the very fabric of American life: pervasive vulgarity, an obsession with sex, a fascination with celebrity and violence, extraordinary abundance coexisting with abject poverty, and a conception of human happiness keyed to material consumption—with God having long since been consigned to the sidelines.

Andrew J. Bacevich, Soft Thinking, Hard Problems Is There Any Strategy in the National Security StrategyCommonweal, February 10, 2015.