Published on ZMag, by Jack Johnston, June 19, 2009.
I watched The Blues Brothers the other night and took great delight at the scene where the Illinois Nazis are forced off the bridge and into the river. But, now that we are a ‘depression’ more and more stories of far right gains keep popping up. I commented recently that we should not fear the far right, because they can only lose in open debate. But then that can be said about any other form of capitalism and yet here we are. I have since removed my comment.
Alan Woods says in Reformism and Revolution that the capitalist system “threw Hitler against the Soviet Union”. To what degree he means that this was an organized plan I am not sure. But, having Germany as a bulwark against communism certainly figured in France and Britain’s treatment of Germany at the close of WWI …
… In an interview with Amy Goodman Noam Chomsky * speaks of both hope and fear. He highlights a resemblance between talk show radio (US) and early Nazi propaganda: ‘demagogues appealing to grievances’. He also notes the existence of more activists (in the US) than anytime since height of the anti war movement, in the sixties, and says that gives him hope.
I think we should bear in mind that the capitalist elite in the US and the rest of the world have more to fear from the activists than the quasi fascists.
The more gains the left makes to the south the more dangerous those activists become, and the more corporate remittances to the US will fall. If the consolidation of the left (in Latin America) cannot be stopped (and its early days) ultimately the US is going to have to join the trend or openly wage war against it. Perhaps that war can be waged without officially suspending democracy?
The capitalist elites of China, Russia, India, Europe and the rest of the world care not if democracy is suspended in the US, but they care very much whether radical forces intent on reversing the concentration of wealth gain power first in South America and then (God forbid) in the North! And, just as rival elites rubbed there hands in glee as Germany and the USSR fought it out, a war that strips the US off its hegemony and crushes the dangerous alternative models will be much to the liking of the elites of China and co. (full text).
Noam Chomsky Accuses Alan Dershowitz of Launching a “Jihad” to Block Norman Finkelstein From Getting Tenure at Depaul University, April 17, 2009;
Noam Chomsky on the Global Economic Crisis, Healthcare, US Foreign Policy and Resistance to American Empire, April 13, 2009;
Noam Chomsky on US Expansion of Afghan Occupation, the Uses of NATO, and What Obama Should Do in Israel-Palestine, April 03, 2009.