Eris

Democracy at Home, Imperialism Abroad

Scene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_States

“Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States” by Howard Chandler Christy, oil on canvas, 1940. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, as it relates to the military and war, specifies that:

The Congress shall have power To . . . provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States (Clause 1);

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water (Clause 11);

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years (Clause 12);

To provide and maintain a Navy (Clause 13);

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces (Clause 14);

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions (Clause 15);

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States . . . (Clause 16).

In short, the elected representatives of the people in Congress are constitutionally empowered on military matters and warfare, including the declaration of war. (more…)

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The Specter of Eris

Eris (from inscription). Tondo of an Attic black-figure kylix. (Credit:  Museum (I.Gesk) © Berlin Antikensammlung / Wikimedia Commons)

Eris (from inscription). Tondo of an Attic black-figure kylix. (Credit: Museum (I.Gesk) © Berlin Antikensammlung / Wikimedia Commons)

What comes after empire, corporate capitalism, and the war state—the world we presently know?

Chaos?

Chaos is the dark, primordial realm of Eris, Greek goddess of witchcraft, disease, death, and disorder. Eris personified strife and rivalry and was closely associated with war. Her Roman name was Discordia. Mortals invoked her for evil purposes.

Eris symbolized the mystifying realm of ghosts and nightmares, the terrifying menace of the unknown. Her very conception in Greek mythology might suggest our strong preference, even today, to live with the known problems of a badly flawed order rather than undertake the risk of change. (more…)