Two articles that reinforce my assertion that Mars Rules in the same day... hmm... how interesting, and vindicating!
Mr. Feffer gets it right about the ARMED MALE figure, the ultimate symbol for Mars Rules on the mundane plane.
And this is right-on (as is much of the article):
"The convergence of the war abroad and the war at home is not simply one of overlapping personnel. Police departments increasingly resemble the U.S. military. SWAT teams look like invading forces. Surplus military equipment, like grenade launchers and armored personnel carriers, has transformed police officers into battlefield warriors. Even robot-controlled bombs, like the one that killed Micah Johnson, threaten to turn the terrain of American cities into something more closely resembling Baghdad."
Strange, then, that Mr. Feffer attributes the phenomenon to FEAR rather than a long-term pretext for building, selling, and profiting from arms: the lifeblood of that same MIC that has metastasized into this M.A.D.ness!
"But the real reason for this arms race is fear."
Fear is the driver not the destination. The destination (or goals) is Profits, Power, and Control of the citizenry--on a global scale.
Morons like Grossman intent upon selling Apocalyptic visions need not believe in them: His job is to drum up enough fear to amp up Arms Sales.
Perhaps the antidote to the "Era of the Gunman" is the wisdom of Gandhi:
That the "get back at" code of Vengeance, a/k/a "an eye for an eye" leaves the whole world blind.
While so many of us are not gun owners or under thrall to the war god Mars, he does manage to hold the rest of us hostage. And therein lies the long HIS-tory of war, bloodshed, and related redundant inanities.
Humanity is held hostage by the last of its Neanderthal Apes... those who prop up guns to use to control the rest of us and silence the voices of reason, wisdom, genuine inclusiveness, and a path forward out of the abyss... out of the redundant feedback loops that are the seemingly inescapable fruit of Mars Rules.