Nathan Paulsen

I have worked in human services for much of the past decade; during that time, I acquired an intimate viewpoint on the suffering that structural violence causes in the everyday life of our nation. In writing for War Times, I am particularly concerned with how the United States military machine – consuming hundreds of billions of tax-dollars on an annual basis to wage war and export death – has left us with fewer resources at home for health care, public education, affordable shelter, living wage jobs, domestic violence shelters, and other critical social needs.

Overall, my political perspective is informed by a European-American working class family background, a good dose of personal trial through despair, and a lot of love for long-haul movement strategies to build a more peaceful and sane world. I am confident that what poor and oppressed people lack in financial resources is more than made up for with our sheer numbers, smarts and ability to cooperate toward common goals. I believe building mass movement – and patiently bringing millions of people into active engagement with politics – is the best and most effective route to create social justice and a viable alternative to the dominant institutions that have failed our communities.

My hope that another world is possible is grounded in having witnessed collective action win material gains and change power dynamics. I am also inspired by the generations of organizers who faced serious risk to overcome difficult odds and succeeded in achieving abolition, suffrage, labor rights, social welfare, civil rights, domestic violence shelters, rape shield laws, and other concrete victories that improved the quality of our lives.

Articles:

April 1, 2014

The jockeying for position between Russian and U.S. governments in Ukraine has dominated headlines since the fall of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in late February. In the writing to follow Nathan Paulsen highlights recent events and places them in a broader context of US militarism.

MILITARISM IS THE BACKBONE OF EMPIRE

July 16, 2013

With the murder of Trayvon Martin, a wake-up call has sounded. A boy like other boys - with family and friends, hopes for the future and a sweet tooth – Trayvon had his one life stolen from him because of the color of his skin. His blackness led him to be suspected, and stalked, and run down trying to escape his pursuer, only to have a bullet tear through his beating heart, the life bled from him in a matter of minutes.

An innocent boy making his way home from a corner store.

July 2, 2013

En español

Nathan Paulsen situates the NSA revelations in the long and sordid history of U.S. government surveillance and likewise puts the Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act in context, closing with the challenge this poses to those who abhor injustice.      

December 26, 2012

In a world where masses of humanity do not have millions of dollars tucked away in a bank account to support retirement or weather unexpected economic disruptions - like disability or death of a spouse – Social Security is a key to our survival. Little wonder that a solid majority prefer cutting military expenditures over slashing the cornerstone of our welfare state.

December 26, 2012

In a world where masses of humanity do not have millions of dollars tucked away in a bank account to support retirement or weather unexpected economic disruptions - like disability or death of a spouse – Social Security is a key to our survival. Little wonder that a solid majority prefer cutting military expenditures over slashing the cornerstone of our welfare state.

October 1, 2012
Afghan Village, courtesy of Wikipedia

Washington's Wars and Occupations:
Month in Review #89/September 30, 2012

January 1, 2012
Washington's Wars and Occupations:
Month in Review #80 
It's traditional on New Year's Eve to talk about sweeping away the old and ringing in the new. But this year the call for casting off old habits and trying new paths is more relevant than ever.
From Tahrir Square to Liberty Park, from villages in China to the Eurozone, change is in the air. But which way will the scales tip in 2012?
July 31, 2011

Washington's Wars and Occupations:
Month in Review #75

(En español)

July 2011

By Nathan Paulsen

To supply an army at great distance is to impoverish one’s people…  All your strength is spent on the battlefield and the families on the home front are left destitute.-- Sun Tzu, The Art of Warfare

June 17, 2011

“Our partnership guarantees there can be no resumption of overt Arab-Israeli war and also provides valuable US military access to the Suez Canal and Egyptian airspace.” Wikileaks document

The long standing US government alliance with Mr. Mubarak has important lessons for Americans concerned about the future of our young democracy.

May 24, 2011

“Even an army bristling with the most fearsome weapons is of no use to the general if all the soldiers desert, and mass desertion is always a physical possibility.” C. Douglas Lummis, Radical Democracy