DNC ROLLS OUT Neocons To Beat Election Drum For Biden Reply

The neocon Democratic Party recolonization effort is now complete. The neocons are now fully in control of both parties (if they weren’t before). They even trotted out George W. Bush’s own Tarik Aziz in the person of Colin Powell.

The role of the Democrats is advance a hawkish Wilsonian liberal internationalism in order to effectively maintain the empire, with the role of the Republicans to always be shouting, “More Zionism, please!” (like the Christopher Walken character shouting “More cowbell” in the famous SNL skit).

The Rise and Decline of the State Reply

This book explains how traditional nation-states that have their roots in the Treaty of Westphalia and came into full fruition in the 19th era of classical liberal are largely being absorbed into a transnational framework in which other institutions assume a hegemonic position. The “populist-nationalist” movements that have developed in response to globalization demonstrate many weaknesses but the main weakness is their orientation toward traditional nation-state nationalism (“civic nationalism” as its commonly called). Civic nationalism is merely the social democracy of the Right. Nearly all opponents fo the global technocratic managerial capitalist empire regrettably tend to rely on outmoded forms of 19th and 20th-century forms of social organization (nation-states, welfare states, labor unions, classical bourgeois capitalism, organized religion, “constitutionalism”) as some kind of antidote to the empire. Nope.

The Rise and Decline of the State: Creveld, Martin Van ...

The thesis is that the nation-state as we’ve known it is a modern invention and a thorough failure, ever more costly and intrusive and unworkable. It is in the process of being supplanted by other institutions less formal and hence more functional to serve the member’s goals.

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How the Empire Actually Works Reply

This book is not perfect by any means, but it’s the best academic work for explaining how the global capitalist empire actually works. It is important for radicals to avoid both the anti-Eastern propaganda perpetrated by Western elites, and the view that the East is somehow an alternative to the Empire as opposed to merely a subordinate faction within the Empire.

Imperialism as we knew it may be no more, but Empire is alive and well. It is, as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri demonstrate in this bold work, the new political order of globalization. It is easy to recognize the contemporary economic, cultural, and legal transformations taking place across the globe but difficult to understand them. Hardt and Negri contend that they should be seen in line with our historical understanding of Empire as a universal order that accepts no boundaries or limits. Their book shows how this emerging Empire is fundamentally different from the imperialism of European dominance and capitalist expansion in previous eras. Rather, today’s Empire draws on elements of U.S. constitutionalism, with its tradition of hybrid identities and expanding frontiers.

Empire identifies a radical shift in concepts that form the philosophical basis of modern politics, concepts such as sovereignty, nation, and people. Hardt and Negri link this philosophical transformation to cultural and economic changes in postmodern society—to new forms of racism, new conceptions of identity and difference, new networks of communication and control, and new paths of migration. They also show how the power of transnational corporations and the increasing predominance of postindustrial forms of labor and production help to define the new imperial global order.

More than analysis, Empire is also an unabashedly utopian work of political philosophy, a new Communist Manifesto. Looking beyond the regimes of exploitation and control that characterize today’s world order, it seeks an alternative political paradigm—the basis for a truly democratic global society.

U.S. Wars and Hostile Actions: A List Reply

The most powerful state in the world is also the most violent and dangerous (big picture-wise). Gee, who would’ve thought? It’s not necessary to mislabel American power elites as fascists, communists, or any other cultic ideology that came out of the 19th and 20th centuries. The USA simply practices statism, colonialism, imperialism, expansionism, expropriation, and international gangsterism of the kind that states have been practicing since antiquity, whether the leadership is called “Democrats,” “Republicans,” “Emperors,” or “Pharaohs.”

By David Swanson

There is a reason that most countries polled in December 2013 by Gallup called the United States the greatest threat to peace in the world, and why Pew found that viewpoint increased in 2017.

But it is a reason that eludes that strain of U.S. academia that first defines war as something that nations and groups other than the United States do, and then concludes that war has nearly vanished from the earth.

Since World War II, during a supposed golden age of peace, the United States military has killed or helped kill some 20 million people, overthrown at least 36 governments, interfered in at least 85 foreign elections, attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders, and dropped bombs on people in over 30 countries. The United States is responsible for the deaths of 5 million people in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and over 1 million just since 2003 in Iraq.

Since 2001, the United States has been systematically destroying a region of the globe, bombing Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria, not to mention the Philippines. The United States has “special forces” operating in two-thirds of the world’s countries and non-special forces in three-quarters of them.

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‘They never went away’: reclaiming Indigenous names from a colonial past – a photo essay Reply

The true test of whether an individual, movement, ideology, organization, or government is authentically anti-imperialist is their stance on indigenous peoples’ rights. Virtually every regime in the world, even the most liberal ones, have awful histories and policies on indigenous peoples’ issues.

By Annette Ruzicka

The Guardian

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Belarus – A U.S. Sponsored Color Revolution Is Underway Reply

I’m sure most ATS readers are sophisticated enough to understand that legitimate popular rebellions against authoritarian regimes can take place, only to be turned into so-called “color-coded revolutions” hijacked by the imperial overlords and bent toward the overlords’ own purposes. This has happened in countries all over the world and now, in 2020, in the USA itself.

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The Rise of Anarcho-Neoconservatism? Reply

It’s definitely interesting how the anarchist sector of the US far-left seems to be drifting towards an implicitly “pro-American” view of international relations in a way that overlaps with those of neocons and neoliberals, while the Marxist sector has drifted toward “pro-Eastern” views that ironically overlaps with the far-right.

Now, we have left-anarchists like Alexander Reid-Ross taking the same “the antiwar movement is a tool of the Kremlin” line that imperialist hawks took in the Cold War period. A while back Goofy Gillis remarked that the actual global capitalist empire is really just a secondary consideration when what really matters is the war against fascists and Islamists, pretty much the same positions as the National Review/SPLC axis.

Just as many 1930s Communists eventually became neocons, and just as many New Left radicals from the 1960s eventually became neoliberals (who are basically left-neocons on international relations), look for many of today’s “anarchists” and Antifa to move in a similar direction. They already are.

An attempt to create “far left to neocon” pipeline? Reply

This is an image from Alexander Reid-Ross’ website that purports to demonstrate how Russia (supposedly the epicenter of world fascism) manipulates and puppet masters the Western media. Notice how the journalistic outlets that are supposedly the purest in terms of being free from supposed Russian influence are neocon and MSNBC liberal platforms, with the implicit message being how these are the “trustworthy” media outlets.  Is Alexander trying to create a far-left to neocon pipeline? It’s also interesting how this mirrors neo-Nazi claims about Jewish domination media. The Protocols of the Learned Elders of the Kremlin?

What’s Happening in Belarus? Reply

Several things to watch here. Belarus is a corrupt authoritarian regime that is largely a leftover from the Soviet era when Belarus was one of the 15 Soviet republics. This is a genuine popular uprising just as the rebellion in Hong Kong against the efforts by China to imposes its own brand of Confucian autocracy on the island has been genuine. But Belarus is also a regime that resists the Washington Consensus (like Iran, Syria, DPRK, etc.). Look for the US imperialists to attempt to hijack the rebellion in Belarus and turn it into a standard color-coded “revolution” that amounts to a US organized coup attempt. This was the US response to the Arab Spring, which generated the Syria civil war, the total destruction of Libya, and the rise of Islamism in Egypt.

By Daniel Victor

New York Times

After the longtime president of Belarus, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, claimed 80 percent of the vote on Sunday in what many Western governments said was a sham election, protesters across the country have been met with a fierce police crackdown as the government tries to maintain its grip on power.

Three nights of violent clashes, which included the spraying of tear gas by the police and thousands of arrests, gave way to smaller demonstrations on Wednesday, as some protesters became fearful of police violence. But other protesters turned more aggressive, at times throwing stones at officers.

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Pick a Cold War, Any Cold War! Reply

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

Oh what a democracy we have in America! What a free and vibrant land of choices we’ve created for ourselves on the graves of more primitive civilizations. We just have so many goddamn choices to chose from, it’s enough to make a conspicuous consumer downright dizzy. We get to choose which dead-end box store to slave in for minimum wage beneath the tutelage of a 10th grade tyrant named Chip. We get to choose between several bloodsucking insurance cartels required by the Heritage Foundation socialism of Obamacare. We get to choose which Impossible Glop fast food franchise to slowly murder ourselves with, and if that fails to do the trick, we get to choose which caliber of bullet to snack on instead.

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When Neocons Attack: Bolton-Linked PAC Targets Libertarian Reply

The neocons are regrouping and planning a comeback. These guys are Public Enemy Numero Uno.

Listen to the interview here.

Former Maine state senator Eric Brakey discusses his GOP primary race for U.S. Congress in Maine, where a John Bolton-linked PAC dumped a pile of money into an effort to damage his name (particularly because of his foreign-policy views). We then discuss Young Americans for Liberty, the successor organization to Students for Ron Paul, and the successes it’s been having under president Cliff Maloney.

Read the original article at TomWoods.com. http://tomwoods.com/ep-1707-when-neocons-attack-bolton-linked-pac-targets-libertarian/

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Promises and Results Reply

One thing that is pointed out in the Weissmueller interview is that “antiwar” Democrats always disappear when a Democrat is in the White House, and that the only reliable antiwar constituencies are hardcore libertarians, Communists, and some conspiracy types.
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Has Trump lived up to expectations that he might roll back some of the U.S. government’s foreign intervention? Zach Weissmueller joins Tom Woods to discuss. Listen to the interview here.

The Neocons Strike Back Reply

A New Republic article from January 2020 following the Suleimani assassination. Probably the most important thing that is happening in US politics right now is something that almost no one is aware of which is the present effort by the neocons to put themselves back in charge of US foreign policy. In recent times, I have noticed that the neocons seem to be waging an “all-fronts” war to reclaim the ideological hegemony they achieved during the George W. Bush administration. They are successfully embedding themselves in the Trump administration’s foreign policy apparatus. Bolton may have been fired for being too uppity. If there is one thing Trump can’t stand it is someone with an ego bigger than his own. But inner-circle neocons like Elliot Abrams have now successfully achieved important positions in the administration and neocon allies like Pompeo hold the highest level positions.

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Would Susan Rice as VP be a death wish for the Democratic Party? Reply

Susan Rice is a “liberal internationalist” (basically, a left-neocon). Liberal internationalists prefer to exercise imperial power through the use of international institutions like the UN as opposed to US unilateralism, maintaining the empire through economic and trade dominance, the use of sanctions rather than military invasion (“starve ’em rather than shoot ’em”), and the use of proxy armies, technology (like drones), and foreign troops rather than the direct use US forces.  They also use the rhetorical cover of “human rights” as opposed to rah-rah patriotism to provide an ideological cover for aggressive action.

Krystal Ball and Emily Jashinsky weigh in on what selecting Susan Rice as Joe Biden’s running mate would mean for the Democratic Party.

Trump Puts Iran-Contra VILLAIN In Charge Of Iran Policy Reply

It’s interesting that the neocons are now waging a multi-front battle to regain the control they had during the Bush years: colonizing the Democrats and Never Trumpers, while embedding themselves in Trumpism at the same time, and simultaneously creating a Rainbow Right while continuing to pander to the evangelical and nativist right. Irving Kristol’s son William and long time Kristol family associate George Will are the de facto intellectual leaders of the neocon Never Trumpers who are colonizing the Democrats, with Norman Podhoretz and Midge Dector’s son-in-law Elliot Abrams running Trump’s Iran and Venezuela policies. The neocon-backed #WalkAway movement is being pushed by neocons like Dennis Prager, Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz, and neocon toadies like Dave Rubin and Charlie Kirk, while Dinesh S’zouza and the FAUX New types continue to work the evangelical and/or nativist angle.

Krystal Ball and Emily Jashinsky react to President Trump’s decision to name Elliott Abrams as the administration’s special representative to Iran. Abrams, who serves as the special representative to Venezuela, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 1991 as part of the Iran-Contra affair.

Let’s Face it, China Is Its Own Worst Enemy Reply

The Chinese regime sucks, but the Sinophobia that the US political class is ratcheting up is all a rhetorical smokescreen that has the effect of obscuring the real relationship between the US and China.

By Doug Bandow

The American Conservative

In hopes of winning reelection, President Donald Trump is launching a new Cold War against the People’s Republic of China. Still focused on trade, however, his heart does not appear to be in his campaign—in contrast to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who obviously enjoys launching rhetorical broadsides against Beijing. Pompeo also has been seeking allies willing to join a veritable economic war against China.

So far Pompeo has met with only indifferent success. The PRC’s economic reach makes countries reluctant to risk their relationship with China. Nations in East Asia, including allies such as Australia and South Korea, worry about security as well as economic ties. And no one has any confidence in a Washington administration that has leavened arbitrary incompetence with arrogant hypocrisy. If there is one U.S. president no one is inclined to follow, it is Donald Trump.

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Trump Names Neocon Regime Changer as Iran Envoy Reply

The worst decision that Trump has made in his entire term so far. Elliot Abrams is the son-in-law of neocon godfather Norman Podhoretz.

By Daniel Larison

The American Conservative

The New York Timesreports on the resignation of Brian Hook, who will be replaced by none other than Elliott Abrams:

Mr. Hook will be succeeded by Elliott Abrams, a conservative foreign policy veteran and Iran hard-liner who is currently the State Department’s special representative for Venezuela.

As the administration’s special envoy, Hook had no success in gaining support from other governments for the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. His brief stint as a negotiator with our European allies yielded nothing, and when he was trying to negotiate with them Trump famously had no idea who he was. He mostly served as one of the administration’s leading propagandists.

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