Dan Gillman was raised in a very distinct cultural atmosphere that he can only characterize as “very religious, evangelical, and Christian nationalist.” This fundamentalist upbringing, he contends, accustomed him to a worldview that eulogized the principles of American exceptionalism, denounced the evils of communism, and drew imprecise lines regarding the separation of church and state. Gillman attributes the religious conditioning that defined the first third of his life as to why he complied when he was drafted by the United States Armed Forces in 1967.
Posts published by “Catherine Maund”Catherine Maund is a staff writer at The Seattle Collegian with an avid interest in American foreign policy, government surveillance, private interest groups with an influence on legislation, and animal welfarism. She hopes to pursue a career in investigative journalism.
How an encounter with Reaganite oil lobbyists transformed Professor Carl Livingston’s conception of wealth and powerCatherine Maund
Livingston reevaluated his support for right-wing social and fiscal policy upon witnessing its material consequences. “I was so hurt. I was so hurt at the loss of programming, at the policing, and all of the drugs, how many people I knew who were incarcerated, at the new gangs that were all over the area,” he recounts. “The community was broken. I could no longer be a conservative.”
“We are experiencing the effects of war, just not in a way that we can contextualize”: WA Against Nuclear Weapons on the outcomes of nuclear proliferationCatherine Maund
The exorbitant amount of tax-payer dollars the government spends on the military comes at the cost of funding for other areas of public legislation that are highly consequential to the lives and well being of millions of Americans. “Everytime the United States shoots a missile, that’s like 100 million tax dollars - that’s enough money to fix the roads in your city, that’s enough money to provide healthcare to everyone in your city, that’s enough money to help stabilize the climate,” Arent says.