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Daddy DeSantis' Sunshine Imperium / Jasper Craven

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I think that there are profound implications from the war on terror across American society and politics specifically. One thing that I think has happened is the right has used the war on terror to embrace militarism but also militancy and violence as a political tactic. There has been, and there continues to be a narrative of fear and of enemies everywhere, which I think has created a lot of paranoia. And often violent rhetoric to be passed into the mainstream. If you look at the past two decades of Republican politics, you'll often see that what happens is veterans are the ones who are able to basically launder the most extreme policies into the mainstream because again, they sort of enjoy this sheen of respectability, even if it is not earned at all.

Journalist Jasper Craven discusses his Baffler article, "The Sunshine Imperium: The Militarism of Ron DeSantis."


Image credit: Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Jasper Craven

Jasper Craven is a freelance reporter covering the military and veterans’ issues. His writing has appeared in The Intercept, The New Republic, New York magazine, and the New York Times.