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?
*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.