Archive for the ‘Corporatism’ Category

John McMurtry’s “Value Wars: The Global Market Versus the Life Economy”

March 22, 2010

Highly recommended.

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Road to Ruin: Mortgage scandal brewing

May 18, 2009

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Global crisis fuels protests

February 8, 2009

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The Three Trillion Dollar War

September 16, 2008

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The white middle-class intelligentsia “discovers” imperialism

August 24, 2008

This is a reply to Paul Street on Dissident Voice.

“Our current corporate-totalitarian political order doesn’t “work” for any but the Few. It is a grave threat to human survival and peace, justice, and democracy at home and abroad.”

That’s false. Poor Americans are far richer than the world’s poor, a testament to the results of successful imperialism and the corporate-totalitarian political order. The Mob Underlings reap the benefits of Mob successes, however disproportionately in relation to the Mob Boss.

Whether it’s a “grave threat to human survival” is dependent upon the degree of success of the American-led multinational-corporate empire in perpetuating worldwide slavery. If it’s successful the world will become enslaved rather than killed – if things get out of control a worldwide or small-scale holocaust may occur.

As for “peace, justice, and democracy” – there have never been any of those things in the United States. The state was founded on a war to secure power for the domestic elite, it proceeded by capitalist logic, including the internal colonization of the genocided native population, perpetual war against both them and the imported Africans, repression of women, perpetual exploitation of non-Americans, and theft and exploitation of the domestic poor by the rich. “Peace”, “justice”, and “democracy” are words in a dictionary, as well as words that sometimes are reflected in other places or in small-scale incidents.

By “grave threat” you can only mean that it threatens a demographic previously unthreatened – privileged (middle-class) whites. When the Neocons and their neoliberal doctrine came to power middle class whites panicked – they were no longer safe and would have to join (in a far muted form of exploitation) the ranks of so many other victims of the American state. It’s only been with the rise of neoliberalism that the white bourgeois intelligentsia has “discovered the horrors of imperialism” – where were these horrors during the supposed “Golden Age of American Democracy” – the Bretton-Woods post-WWII period?

An alien, observing this, cannot be blamed for having little sympathy for the suddenly fearful bourgeois whites, who write treatises on the horrors of neoliberalism.

“Peace, justice, and democracy”? Those concepts cannot have true meaning until such time as the “good” people of the world operate by something other than selfishness, greed, and fear.

The mantra of the modern Western left is “neoliberalism is going too far” – summed up in Naomi Klein’s ideology. This left, which complains so much about the “narrow political spectrum in America” might want to explore the narrow ideological spectrum they themselves exist in.

The Imperial Left exists within an imperial society. For all their knowledge of imperialism, they don’t know themselves.

Naomi Klein on disaster capitalism

August 20, 2008

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License to steal – privatization in Serbia

August 16, 2008

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Colonization or Globalization

August 14, 2008

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A Dirty Adventure – an imperial war over South Ossetia

August 11, 2008

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Naomi Klein on China and the Olympics

August 10, 2008

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Militarizing the Social Sciences

August 9, 2008

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The Revolving Door of K Street

July 5, 2008

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The House That Rupert Built

June 25, 2008

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The World According to Monsanto

June 23, 2008

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Who’s to blame for price of oil?

June 23, 2008

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Plutocracy Inc.

June 19, 2008

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Grand Theft Digital: How Corporate Broadcasters Are Hijacking Digital TV

June 11, 2008

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Enormous Oil Profits and Abject Poverty in Nigeria

May 12, 2008

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Corporate Cronyism in Iraq

May 3, 2008

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Fastened To A Dying Animal: A Short Jeremiad Regarding That Affront to the Nation’s Dignity Known as the US Election Process

April 28, 2008

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Hunger, Haiti, and the World

April 24, 2008

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It isn’t just about the corporate media

April 23, 2008

This is a reply to an essay about the corporate media’s destruction of reality and democracy in America:

The American people are ignorant about class reality. The poor don’t have enough time to learn about the monstrosity of the corporate media and are shunned by the state. The middle class doesn’t want to know about class reality since they benefit from it. There are no structures in the United States which cause Americans to understand politics to an extent where they can critique the state and it’s many appendages. BAR does not speak to the masses and hence cannot substantially shape a democracy.

Until politics is the 1st priority of Americans – not entertainment, not technology, not wealth-accumulation, there are too many distractions and America is timed-out of any ability to instigate change.

It hardly matters how right BAR is if there are few people to hear it and fewer yet to understand it, since Lost is on and the Ipod is way cool and a 2nd job is necessary to buy all the things the TV says to buy.

It’s not JUST the corporate media – it’s the entire imperial system that ensures the perpetuation of it’s own power and the oppression, terror, and ultimately the destruction of everyone else.

We need to not so much argue for one or another political position as argue for the importance of politics itself – the importance of improving the human condition through politics – of helping ourselves through politics. Every thriving democracy in the world features a populace which makes politics it’s 1st priority. It’s not the Corporate Media that is killing democracy – it’s misplaced priorities.

Global War on Terror: Context – Amy Goodman

April 22, 2008

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Corporate Pillaging – Jeremy Scahill

April 22, 2008

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No Bases for Empire: Protests Against US Foreign Bases

April 21, 2008

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