Civil rights lawyer, author and legal scholar Michelle Alexander has recently been appointed a columnist for the New York Times [File: AP Photo]

There is a parochialism to what passes for American critical thinking – or what they call “public intellectuals” – that never ceases to amaze. Myopic, provincial, storms in a teacup, with parameters of inches and ounces measuring the colossal calamities US militarism has historically perpetrated itself or else enabled tyrannical outfits

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