PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “An Officer’s Path to Dissent” / MAJ Danny Sjursen ☮

For a while there, I was a real star. High up in my class at West Point, tough combat deployments in two wars, a slew of glowing evaluations, even a teaching assignment back at the military academy. I inhabited a universe most only dream of: praised, patted and highly respected by everyone in my life system and viewed as a brave American soldier. It’s a safe, sensible spot. For most, that’s enough. Too bad it was all bunk. Absurdity incarnate.

The truth is, I fought for next to nothing, for a country that, in recent conflicts, has made the world a deadlier, more chaotic place. Even back in 2011—or even 2006, for that matter—I was just smart and just sensitive enough to know that, to feel it viscerally.

Still, the decision to publicly dissent is a tough one. It’s by no means easy. Easy would be to go on playing hero and accepting adulation while staying between the lines. Play it safe, stick to your own, make everyone proud. That’s easy, intellectually immature—the new American way.

When you take the journey of dissent, you lose friends, alienate family, confuse confidants and become a lonely voice in your professional world.

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One thought on “PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “An Officer’s Path to Dissent” / MAJ Danny Sjursen ☮

  1. A very powerful piece, written by a hero, who faced up to the realities he experienced. How did he manage this? By Reasoning and Critical Thinking. He says it was tough. Well of course it was, especially when you’ve experienced constant indoctrination without question. Anything worthwhile has to be tough otherwise it’s just not worth it. He thought for himself, NOT the military!

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