|Minerva, "the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor|
of arts, trade, and strategy."
If you haven't had your cup of "depressing" today, Nafeez Ahmed's blog depiction of the "Minerva Research Initiative" in The Guardian should replenish your stock.
Launched in 2008 – the year of the global banking crisis – the DoD 'Minerva Research Initiative' partners with universities "to improve DoD's basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US."But, incrementally, as with all dictatorships, the focus shifts ever so slightly:
Last year, the DoD's Minerva Initiative funded a project to determine 'Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?' which, however, conflates peaceful activists with "supporters of political violence" who are different from terrorists only in that they do not embark on "armed militancy" themselves. The project explicitly sets out to study non-violent activists....For Minerva, the line between non-violent activists and what have come to be called "terrorists" is hopelessly and perhaps deliberately blurred: If too many non-violent wing-nuts get together, hell, we in the catbird seat of power might be out of a job.
Oh well ... I think the blog post is worth reading, but I can understand why anyone might already be depressed enough.