Thanks, Kerry

bullhorn As Harry Braverman once noted of Frederick Winslow Taylor, sometimes an individual comes to speak the words of the system. Not that he approaches Taylor’s level of purity and consistency, but, apparently, John Kerry had one of these moments today. During his hearings to be confirmed as the next  Consigliere Primo Secretary of State, Kerry, amid the obligatory war-criminal* threats against Iran, etc., said this:

“Foreign policy is economic policy.”

How utterly and simply true.

And isn’t every kind of policy really “economic policy” under the reign of corporate capital?

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*UN Charter, Article 2, Section 4:

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

US Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2:

All treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land.

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Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Can you explain to me why is it so difficult to explain to the run of the mill self-professed “progressive” (as I’ve struggled personally) that our foreign policy is precisely the reflection of a system-level logic, which in turn is consolidated and driven by the ideas, efforts, and interests of a fairly small, if loosely connected, group of elite economic interests, and in no way is an extension and representation of the “will of the people”?. But NOOOO… For some reason some prefer to believe that “the [stupid, naturally] people” push the otherwise “good and rational” Obama and our otherwise… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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I had the exact same argument with my uncle on Thanksgiving. In any event, such people are themselves quite ignorant of both a) the structure and flow of public opinion and b) the basic history of US military interventions. My suggestion would be to ask such types for their own short overview of the latter topic. They will almost surely give you a ridiculously short and erroneous account, if they can give any at all. As for public opinion, it is, of course, most easily manipulable in the area of foreign policy. That’s because the topic deals with far-away things… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Thanks a lot for the links. And in general, the blogosphere really helps in staying (sort of..) sane. As Chomsky has mentioned a few times on the topic of “intellectual self-defence”, is really hard to do consistently in relative isolation, so every little bit helps 🙂

Michael Dawson
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De nada, and I agree on the importance of the internet as a lifeline.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Well, speaking of people-hating, albeit from the non-lib corner, here is a new profile on the SHAME project (which I think Martin here made us aware of). Today’s star – Charles Murray, an especially… hateful human being:

http://shameproject.com/profile/charles-murray/

But how do you not hate the haters?

Michael Dawson
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Never saw his visage before. Looks about right. Utterly vile.