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Issue 08 – Christmas 2021


A Sort of Reverie

On forgotten Afghanistan.


In 2020—the year the government of the United States signed what was essentially an instrument of surrender to the Taliban—how much time do you think American network news spent covering war in Afghanistan? 

The answer is five minutes. Not per week or per month: over the entire year. Not per network: combined. Empires have always been able to ignore their own wars; the ability to kill people without really caring about them is what’s usually called civilization. But the United States is something new: an empire so advanced, so powerful, and so blinkered that it can lose a war and barely even notice.

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About the author

Sam Kriss

Sam Kriss is a British writer and dilettante.