We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
Real war vs. fantasy heroics
Clear, powerful essay in the Village Voice by Alisa Solomon. For comments on the classic American deconstruction of the "war as glory" fantasy, see my comments (ambivalent though they were) on Red Badge of Courage. It's in the archive for 1/20, labeled Laboring in the fiction factory.