Preventive War and Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is not susceptible to the full libertarian/anti-war “allegory essay” treatment. Thanks to the fallout from Captain America: Winter Soldier (which I allegorized last year), the State (as represented by the global security agency SHIELD) does not feature as prominently in previous Marvel films. However, there are a few themes and moments worth noting. … Continue reading “Preventive War and Avengers: Age of Ultron

Taking Bush’s Preventive War Doctrine Underground (Sort Of)

Remember when Democrats and independents craved a less belligerent U.S. foreign policy that eschewed the aggressive preventive war doctrine of the George W. Bush administration? When Barack Obama took office, the atmospherics did seem to change as the new president promised to withdraw forces from Iraq and actually talk to unfriendly nations, such as Iran … Continue reading “Taking Bush’s Preventive War Doctrine Underground (Sort Of)”