Opposing the U.S. military empire, and the repression and inequality it reinforces, requires making a choice between accepting or rejecting a comfortable false reality. The state gains the people’s complacency with endless war by drastically reducing casualty numbers, like with the pentagon’s absurdly low Iraq War death counts. By perpetually manufacturing foreign threats, which is being done right now around Venezuela, Iran, and North Korea. By teaching white Americans, much like white Germans were taught during the moral collapse of their country, that they’re an exceptional people who deserve the world’s subservience. And by hiding the atrocities of the empire from a public saturated in vapid political punditry and media distractions.