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European Tribune - Obama, The Nation, WSWS & "What Is To Be Done"

Those who care for their own security cannot ignore the danger of an arms race in the Middle East or East Asia.

if obama reined in the arms merchants from his own country, who export so many arms to these hotspots, then i'd listen to his ideas about using force to depose tyrannical governments abroad, until then, i believe this rhetoric to be deeply disingenuous, and destructive to the world peace he talks about espousing.

as for capitalism becoming completely superfluous under a pure form of socialism, there is room for more modern approaches to distribute wealth more fairly that are much less ideologically extreme than trotsky-ism, such as the energy pools advocated by chris cook.
 these do not undermine the benign aspects of capitalism, but are highly subversive just the same, imo, when it comes to turning around the concept of capitalism as blunt instrument or worse, imperially speaking, as one sees with the IMF et al.

i guess what i'm trying to say is that capitalism can be seen as a form of steel, which can then be turned into swords or ploughshares, it's not the iron's fault if it's turned into a killing machine, instead of a tool for making survival more efficient and productive of public happiness.

so far it's 'shiny toy' novelty these last centuries has spellbound the thinking public into ignoring its abuse, preferring to believe that let alone, it will continue the social improvements it made in history, empowering middle classes, and diminishing the totalitarian control of the aristocracy by shifting power to those who who were not 'to the manor born'.

and not seeing that it has now become another class of godmen ruling the little pawns from above, just with lower profiles and less ermine, just bonuses and bailouts instead...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Dec 16th, 2009 at 09:50:29 PM EST
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