Nan Levinson

Nan Levinson

Nan Levinson, a Boston-based journalist, reports on civil liberties, politics, and culture. Her book, "War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built" (2014), is about the recent G.I. antiwar movement.  She is the author of "Outspoken: Free Speech Stories" (2006), was the U.S. correspondent for Index on Censorship, and teaches journalism and fiction writing at Tufts University.

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U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deploy from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina on January 1, 2020. (Photo: Capt. Robyn Haake / US ARMY / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
America's Far-Right in Uniform
It was around noon and I was texting a friend about who-knows-what when I added, almost as an afterthought: "tho they seem to be invading the Capitol at the mo." I wasn't faintly as blasé as that may sound on January 6th, especially when it became ever clearer who "they" were and what they were...
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The reasons for the current state of perpetual war are complex, but they're not inexplicable. (Photo: Cliff Wells / Veterans for Peace) Views
Monday, July 13, 2020
Veterans Go to Washington, So What?
If you still follow the mainstream media, you're probably part of the 38% of registered voters who knew something about the op-ed Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) published in the New York Times early in June, exhorting the president to use the Insurrection Act to "restore order to our streets." This was...
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Could a draft lead to fewer conflicts? And the answer to that is: possibly, but not certainly. (Photo: Reuters/file) Views
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Would a Draft Matter?
Bizarrely enough, the spate of phone calls from recruiters began a couple of years ago. The first ones came from the Army, next the Marines, and then other branches of the military. I’m decades past enlistment age. I’ve been publicly antiwar for most of that time and come from a family that was...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Big Dick School of American Patriotism
Let’s face it: we live in a state of pervasive national security anxiety. There are various possible responses to this low-grade fever that saps resolve, but first we have to face the basis for that anxiety -- what I’ve come to think of as the Big Dick School of Patriotism, or (since anything...
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Moral Injury and American War
"PTSD is going to color everything you write," came the warning from a stepmother of a Marine, a woman who keeps track of such things. That was in 2005, when post-traumatic stress disorder, a.k.a.
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