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Most people in college today have no memory of a time when the United States was not at war. The country has been fighting endless wars for nearly 20 years. Beginning in 2001, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and far beyond have killed around 4 million, displaced 37 million, and injured tens of millions more. The wars have cost U.S. taxpayers at least $6.4 trillion, leaving people unprotected against threats such as COVID-19. Drawing on historical research dating to Columbus and first-hand ethnography in fourteen countries and colonies, David Vine will explain how the U.S. became, as the title of their new book says, a United States of War. Vine looks forward to strategizing with audience members about how we can end the Endless Wars, dismantle the Military Industrial Complex, and defund the Pentagon to create a society focused on the well-being of humans and other living things. 

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