Sunday 14th of July 2024

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The US is currently on the precipice of WWIII, Americans are dying from preventable diseases at far higher rates than the citizens of nations with functioning governments, the Biden administration is ‘fighting racism’ by racially targeting Black Socialists for arrest, large banks are once again being bailed out, nearly all of the hysterical charges leveled against the American right in recent years have been disproved, the Biden administration is doing its best to bury dissent with propaganda and censorship, and the politicians in line to assume political control are the most corrupt, least capable, people in the country. The US is in a bad way.

 

BY Rob Urie

 

The current press practice of channeling ‘left’ and ‘right’ news to their respective audiences has its basis in a struggle for power. With the establishment press acting as government propagandists to the urban bourgeois while the right-wing excludes the power of capital from its explanations of government dysfunction, Americans are left talking past one another. There is no shared basis for discourse, and therefore for resolution of differences. In fact, this ‘aesthetic’ politics, based in sentiment tied to Federal policies that lift the fortunes of some groups while crushing the fortunes of others, misrepresents factual (material) political differences as a matter of personal taste.

 

In 1975 there were 4.5 manufacturing workers for every worker in finance. By 2023, this ratio had fallen to 1.5, with a preponderance of the difference coming from declining manufacturing employment. This outcome is the result of Federal policies intended to deindustrialize the US like NAFTA. It also explains the waning political influence of manufacturing workers relative to the urban bourgeois. Source: St. Louis Federal Reserve.

The historical basis of left analysis in class politics has been flipped on its head, with the liberal-left channeling Jonah Hill’s character in the movie Don’t Look Up when he prattles on about the ‘cool rich.’ The joke was directed at Donald Trump’s followers, if not his donors. But it fits the establishment left even better. The CIA, FBI, NSA, MIC (Military Industrial Complex), and large corporations now represent the institutional base of this new-new-left. These used to be the base of the old political right. So, the choices are to imagine that these institutions are now forces for good, or that the CIA has finally realized its long-held dream of manufacturing an ‘anti-communist left.’ My vote is for the latter explanation.

How did ‘we’ get here? The deindustrialization of the US disempowered the rural and regional constituencies that now trend Republican. Federal support for Wall Street and Silicon Valley has empowered the bourgeois constituencies of the Democrats. Deindustrialization illustrated the venality and lack of foresight of American oligarchs, who imagined that breaking the back of organized labor would make at least some Americans richer. This program was ultimately both racist and classist. American oligarchs imagined that they were uniquely capable of managing capitalist production. If you don’t care about workers or the environment, it isn’t that hard.

This arrogance was in part based on misunderstanding the unique position of the US exiting WWII. The US had the only intact industrial infrastructure in the world. However, monopoly power is fundamentally different from skill. The ‘greedflation’ of the present, where companies raise their prices because they can, is an example of monopoly power put to malevolent use. But this has always been how capitalists operate. The New Deal, and the domestic constraints that it placed on capitalist predation, was what made the US livable in the post-war period.

Four decades later, this effort to pose Federally engineered outcomes as the result of ‘markets’ has lost its credibility. The US is in the midst of a new round of bank bailouts as the political leadership launches WWIII, as if to re-demonstrate that World Wars I and II were imperialist projects by assigning ‘economic competition’ as the rationale. Question: why is the US engaged in a proxy war against Russia in Ukraine? Answer: because Europe was integrating Russian oil and gas into its industrial production. Question: why is the US engaged in a Cold War against China? Answer: because China reproduced capitalist production at a much later stage in the evolutionary process.

 

Little of this new-old American strategy is being honestly explained, or executed with competence. To the extent that the urban bourgeois know about the failures of the Biden administration, they grant intentions that haven’t been demonstrated during Mr. Biden’s half-century in public office. And while ‘politicians lie,’ the segregation of news by political affiliation means that Democratic politicians now lie to Democratic constituencies, while Republicans lie to Republican constituencies. This explains the cult-like feel of contemporary press accounts, as well as the arrogance that allows Twitter warriors to claim ignorance of basic facts as a virtue.
This politics, framed around what its proponents don’t know, is part of a larger negative politics. Here is ‘philosopher’ Jason Stanley stating that he doesn’t know anything about history, economics, or sociology, but that he does have strong views regarding the origins of fascism. While Stanley comes across as personally likeable, this intentionally siloed view lacks the capacity to scale the contribution of his ‘philosophy’ to the rise of fascism in the same way that economist and former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke can’t explain the Great Depression in terms of the ordinary workings of capitalism.
Question: who needs an economist who can’t explain the Great Depression? Mr. Bernanke has plenty of theories regarding it, and he shares mainstream theories of the ordinary workings of capitalism. What he can’t do is explain the transition from the ordinary workings of capitalism to the Great Depression without bringing in a wide variety of factors that contradict his theories regarding the ordinary workings of capitalism. As an economist, he must look outside of his field to cogently explain what transpires within his field.
Note that the liberal-left theories of fascism that predominate in the US, particularly since 2016, explicitly reject both history and economics as causal factors. Mr. Stanley’s theory, as best I recall, is that fascism is the case where a malevolent politician (‘Hitler’) uses state propaganda to coerce people into following him / her. Actual history had Adolf Hitler rising to power through the selective use of political violence tied to a promise to put German workers unemployed by the Great Depression back to work. And he did so. So, how does one dissociate the impact of rational promises— to put unemployed people back to work, from the power of propaganda?
The political divide that emerged from the Great Recession in the US was largely the one that went into it, only slanted even more by the Federal government. While I disagree with some of the framing, this paper provides a framework for understanding how some groups (the urban bourgeois) emerged from the Great Recession better off, while others emerged significantly worse off. The top graph in this essay illustrates that manufacturing employment in the US continued to shrink relative to finance even after the social catastrophe of the Great Recession.
This state-adjacent new-new-left applied the siloed logic of liberal technocracy (‘experts’) to the post-Great Recession landscape to conclude in Bernanke-like fashion that history and economic relations have no bearing on left politics. What does have bearing? A paper-thin moralism. Some people are good, and some people are bad. The role of the good people is to spend their days crushing the bad people (fascist logic?). The ‘good’ people in this telling are by-and-large the urban bourgeois who benefited from the Obama years, while the ‘bad’ people are the dispossessed former factory workers who didn’t.
Missing is that displaced manufacturing workers share something with finance and technology workers: they exchange their labor for a wage when they can. And manufacturing bosses and oligarchs share something with finance and technology oligarchs: they substantially control American political economy. NAFTA was conceived and implemented at the behest of industrial oligarchs and Wall Street to crush industrial workers. Irrespective of what the Federal Reserve does, finance and technology workers well may be in the process of rediscovering the brotherhood of labor that they currently reject.


Following the ouster of Mr. Trump in 2020, this new-new-left had exactly what it had been clamoring for, a liberal Democrat in the White House. Given the sense of impending catastrophe at present, it may be difficult to remember precisely how much sniveling bullshit went into selling Joe Biden. While Americans have been dying far out of proportion to the citizens of functioning nations since manufacturing employment fell off a cliff in the early 2000s, as of 2021, the first year of Mr. Biden’s presidency, life expectancy for Americans was 6.3 years less than that of functioning nations.

Given the class dimension of this public health catastrophe, poor and working people are dying at much higher rates than the urban bourgeois. Basic arithmetic suggests that if life expectancy has fallen by 6.3 years, but the rich and urban bourgeois have been largely unaffected, then life expectancy has fallen by significantly more than 6.3 years for poor and working people. This would be called genocide if it happened elsewhere. In fact, it was (rightly) called genocide when Mr. Trump was overseeing it. Missing in the present is recognition that Mr. Biden’s stewardship has been much worse than Mr. Trump’s in this regard.

This class dimension is important. Most of the Americans that Mr. Biden has killed are poor whites, Blacks, and Hispanics. And the Covid-19 pandemic was global, meaning that it is the failures of the American healthcare system that set the US apart, not the pandemic itself. Malinformed liberals were still blaming the previous administration for pandemic failures when Joe Biden oversaw half again (50%) more deaths from Covid than the US experienced under Mr. Trump. Recall, the liberal-left (rightly) condemned Donald Trump for his pandemic failures. The most likely explanation for the silence regarding Biden’s failures is that his supporters know nothing about his actual policies.

In what type of society can life expectancy fall off the proverbial cliff without alarm bells ringing in the corridors of power? Answer: in a society where the rich and powerful are well taken care of and face little risk of being held to account by those doing the dying. I couldn’t get an early warning essay about mass deaths of Americans published in the left press because the facts are so far outside of what is reported by mainstream sources that they seem nonsensical. However, readers are invited to scour the medical literature for evidence of a functioning healthcare system. After trying to put a brave face on Obamacare, those paying attention are now in full-fledged panic.

One might have imagined, given claimed interest in social justice, that the American left would have been outraged by charges recently filed against members of the African People’s Socialist Party / Uhuru Movement by the FBI (read: Biden administration) for allegedly receiving several thousand dollars in contributions from an agent of the Russian state during the time when the US and Russia were on friendly terms. Former US President Bill Clinton received $500,000 from Russia in 2010 for giving a short speech there. The obvious implication is that the African People’s Socialist Party is being harassed because its members are African (Black) Socialists, and not rapey ex-presidents.

Were genocide against vulnerable populations and race-targeted policing by Federal agencies not enough, Joe Biden sharpened his working class bona fides by shelving his promise to raise the minimum wage shortly before he ‘PATCOed’ rail workers. The apparent difference between Biden and Ronald Reagan is that Mr. Biden claimed to feel badly afterwards. Creating an anti-labor left has been the wet dream of the CIA since it was established. Biden was on the wrong side of every issue the American left cared about until the new-new-left came around to his vision of government as service to power.

Shortly after Mr. Biden PATCOed the railway workers, the bomb-train disaster in East Palestine, Ohio occurred for the very reason that the railway workers had threatened to strike— inadequate staffing that left overworked rail workers exhausted and unable to adequately address safety concerns. In other words, donor-class rail executives, now earning record profits, were given precedence over the rank-and-file workers who actually do the work. Imagine the HBO series ‘Succession,’ in which a rich family spends its time playing pirate-finance games without producing anything of value, then it kills a town and gets the president to bail it out.

Looking at the political benches of both parties, America as it is currently configured is doomed. While I favor socialist / communist political economy, there is no way to get there without bringing people together toward that goal. This makes the takeover of the American left by the CIA and its representatives on the American left particularly disheartening, if not surprising. The Marxist battle isn’t against workers who don’t share Marxist views. It is against power, not the powerless. There is no left without class analysis. The current American frame of left versus right conflates workers with bosses. And the current political setup in the US guarantees crises that are unsolvable and that never end. This is how capitalism works. Humanity needs another way forward.

 

Rob Urie is an artist and political economist. His book Zen Economics is published by CounterPunch Books.

 

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BY Philip M. Giraldi

 

The corruption engaged in by the Democratic Party leadership appears to be never-ending and no one is ever held accountable. A recent report described how Michael Morell, the former acting Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, colluded with Antony Blinken, who was then a senior official in the 2020 Joe Biden presidential campaign, to prepare and find signatories to a letter to discredit those seeking to exploit the emerging Hunter Biden laptop scandal, which was threatening to do real damage to the Biden electoral prospects. Following in the footsteps of the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, which sought to use fabricated information from the Steele dossier to smear Donald Trump and some of his advisors, Blinken suggested that Morell promote the argument that the laptop story involved Russia and should be dismissed as little more than a disinformation operation ordered by President Vladimir Putin. At the time, there was no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Russia had had anything to do with spreading fabricated information regarding Hunter Biden or his laptop, but that was regarded as immaterial.

The conspiracy to use a false narrative to corruptly influence the outcome of the election, for that is what it was, was recently revealed in testimony by Morell to the House Judiciary Committee, led by Republican Representative Jim Jordan. Morell described how he had been instrumental in convincing 50 other former colleagues in the intelligence and national security community to sign on to the letter that he had drafted. Morell told the committee that Blinken acting for the Biden campaign helped to strategize about the timing and distribution for the public release of the letter and he described how his two objectives in drafting and releasing the statement was “to help then-Vice President Biden in the upcoming presidential debate and assist him in winning the election.”

Presumably Morell, known for his ambition and ruthlessness, may have expected Biden to appoint him head of the CIA when it came time to hand out rewards after the election was over. Concerning his own political ambitions and inclinations, one recalls how in 2016 Morell wrote an op-ed in the New York Times that was picked up nationally which headlined “I ran the CIA: now I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton.”

By virtue of exploiting his own top level connections inside the Agency, five of Morell’s letter’s signatories were former Directors of the CIA. The letter included the assertion by the signatories that they were “deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case…If we are right this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this.” It concluded that the laptop allegations exhibited “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

After the letter was prepared, Blinken advised Morell on its most advantageous timing, selecting a date close to the election so it would have maximum impact. The laptop story itself had appeared in the New York Post on October 14th, revealing emails demonstrating how the Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have pressured Ukrainian officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating corruption in the energy company Burisma. Joe met with a top company official, which led to the granting of a sinecure position on the Burisma board to his influence peddling son Hunter, which paid him $50,000 per month. Material also included on the laptop revealed Hunter’s moral turpitude and drug use.

The Morell rebuttal appeared in Politico five days later, two weeks before the election, on October 19th, and was picked up by the mainstream media all over the United States. Joe Biden also used the material in his debate with Trump on October 22nd, accusing Moscow of targeting his son in an elaborate propaganda operation, claiming that the laptop story was “garbage” and part of a “Russian plan.” Biden referred to the many signatures on the intelligence community letter to declare that “nobody believes” that the laptop is real. And the denial did have a genuine impact on the campaign. After the Morell letter appeared, nearly all major social and news media platforms that had allowed linking to or discussion of the Hunter laptop story either censored the material completely or limited access to it while also posting warnings that the tale had been debunked by knowledgeable experts. Also to be considered is how the Blinken-Morell letter fueled the false perception that Russia and Putin were supporting Trump through clandestine and underhanded means.

Investigative journalist Jim Bovard, writing in the New York Post, reports ironically how Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the closing speech at last month’s Summit for Democracy “piously proclaimed” that “As President Biden has said, democracy doesn’t happen by accident. ‘It requires constant effort.’” And shortly after he became Secretary of State, Blinken had had the nerve to claim that the US government doesn’t sweep problems “under the rug… We deal with them in the daylight, with full transparency.” Indeed, Blinken may have been rewarded by Biden with his cabinet position after his successful plausibly illegal intervention. Also apparently rewarded was a signatory on the Morell letter – Avril Haines who is now Director of National Intelligence.

To be sure, the “honorable” Secretary of State Antony Blinken should now be instead offering his resignation over the exposure of his blatant and possibly successful attempt to change the outcome of an election by conspiring to corrupt the electoral process with false information to sway voters. Bovard opines how the Morell letter defused what had become “the biggest threat to the Biden presidential campaign … Polls show that Biden would have lost the election if the media had accurately reported the contents of that laptop.”

And there’s more to the Hunter Biden story and the corrupt hand of government. An IRS employee has recently turned whistleblower and stated that his Agency has been moving sluggishly on an investigation of Hunter regarding tax evasion relating to foreign income derived largely from Ukraine and China. And he claims that another senior Biden appointed official is involved in the politically motivated foot dragging. No less than Attorney General Merrick Garland has been identified as the unnamed senior official whose sworn testimony to a congressional committee is being challenged in a letter from the whistleblower’s attorney alleging a cover-up of the Hunter Biden criminal investigation. Attorney Mark Lytle wrote that the longtime IRS employee would like to provide information to congressional leaders to “contradict sworn testimony to Congress by a senior political appointee” — now identified as Garland — and also to provide details of claimed “preferential treatment” in the criminal probe of Hunter.

One more tale just might illustrate where this country is going under Joe Biden and company, where party and personal interests are all that matter to a leadership which regards “integrity” as a dirty word. In fact, the government has become increasingly intolerant of speech or writing that in any way challenges its power, exposes its corruption, reveals its lies, and encourages the citizenry to resist government overreach. The Biden Administration has recently indicted four Americans and charged them with conspiracy to spread Russian propaganda and acting as unregistered Russian agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) of 1938. The four are members of the African People’s Socialist Party, which has criticized and opposed US foreign policy since 1971 and currently is against Washington’s promotion of the war against Russia in Ukraine. They potentially face 15 years in prison. This exploitation of quite plausibly unconstitutional “lawfare” is nothing new, as in my own experience the Justice (sic) Department has been moving to silence Americans who write for Russian news sites by threatening them with huge fines or even imprisonment. It is a tendency that is unfortunately not unique to any particular presidential administration which has been building since 9/11, though it has become far worse under Joe Biden and Merrick Garland. In no cases that I know of have any of those pressured or accused actually been receiving direction or secret benefits from the Russian government.

That all means that the definition of illegal speech or writing has been considerably broadened of late. The Biden Administration has been actively waging a campaign to eradicate what it chooses to call “disinformation,” to include those who allegedly share “false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information” with terrorists. It is, in fact, the United States government that is the world’s largest purveyor of disinformation, to include adopting the Israeli practice of defining anyone who resists US hegemony as a terrorist. For example, that is how the Justice Department labels white so-called supremacists as “domestic terrorists.”

And, of course, the government is being assisted and protected due to the fact that nearly all the negative stories about Biden and his crew have predictably been suppressed by the mainstream media, which has become a de facto a partner of the White House disinformation program. Consider, for example, the Seymour Hersh revelations about the hideous “act of war” Nord Stream pipeline destruction and the corruption in Ukraine, or the revelation of disinformation regarding the war in Ukraine itself exposed by leaker Jack Teixeira, or the biolabs in Ukraine, or the incessant lies denigrating Russia and its leadership. And where does one go to for any legitimate criticism of the reckless White House driven direct engagement in Ukraine that could go nuclear even though it is in support of no real national interest? Or the thoughtless threatening of China over Taiwan? And how about the State Department using overseas Embassies to promote “woke-ism” rather than protecting American travelers and interests? All these stories are targeted and diminished deliberately, gone or going, never to be seen again.

So it should surprise no one that the White House and media are right now trying to kill the exposure of how Blinken and Morell turned around the story of the Hunter laptop because that would confirm suspicions that Joe Biden may have actually stolen the 2020 election. And the back story is that the fabricated material planted by the Clinton and Biden campaigns in 2016 and 2020 only succeeded because of the media’s surrender of its traditional role as an exposer of government crimes and evasions. The phony Morell intelligence letter and its possible consequences is a scandal of huge proportions that would once upon a time have ended in resignations, impeachment, and plenty of jail time for all of those involved but Michael Morell and Antony Blinken have not even been touched or even interviewed by the FBI. Nor have the other fifty national security puppets who signed off onto claims made in a document that they must have known to be fabricated for political reasons experienced any discomfort. They have no shame and are all disgraces to the oath of loyalty to the Constitution that they once swore. And the real danger is that if the clueless government and media continue to be able to bury stories they do not approve of, the United States will cease to be a functioning democracy and every election will be little more than a farce.

 

 

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org.

 

 

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