We need to talk about the military.

rabble1.png 8687026808_0f8b710caa_k_0.jpeg This week at rabble, Yves Engler takes on the military.

While the details of former chief of the defence staff Jonathan Vance's sexual relations with a subordinate has put the patriarchal character of the military back in the spotlight, Engler wants the discussion to go further than that.

"There's been insufficient discussion of the ways in which the issue highlights the authoritarian nature of the armed forces and its negative impact on pluralistic, democratic values," Engler writes.

The power structures of the military go beyond a pervasive enforcement of patriarchy, Engler writes.

"Military command structures reinforce the most undemocratic and ignorant impulses of Canadian society, while the patriarchal and authoritarian nature of the Canadian Forces is a threat to many within the institution.

Fixing this will not be simple."

Meanwhile, in the wake of Joe Biden announcing the impending withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Duncan Cameron looks back at a 20 year war on terror that the U.S. and its allies ultimately lost, Cameron writes.

"What is striking is that during the last 20 years of stupendous military spending in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the quality of life for most U.S. citizens diminished dramatically."

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And more! Here are the top five items of interest on rabble this week:

1. Monia Mazigh:
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