Understanding Barack…and why he appeals to you (3); or: Can I get some fries with that invasion?
The key to understanding this crisis is to understand how, exactly, the very nature of the fascist alternative runs into deep and sustained conflict with the very way we create ourselves and our society.
The fascist alternative to laissez faire capitalism is inherently limited and narrow: an ideology of national rebirth or renewal – a more perfect Union, in Barack’s words – resting on the illusion of a national character, and a national interest which sets itself in opposition to the way our economy actually is organized and functions: an series of interlocking capitals – a type of social production which is inherently global, and a market in goods which involves not this or that nation, but all nations; and, which brings these nations into the closest possible relationship of dependence and competition.
This dependence is not a matter of political choice; it is a material force operating in our lives.
It is not possible, for example, for the United States to maintain a far-flung empire without the credit extended to Washington by the People’s Republic of China, and other nations: assume one million dead Arabs in Iraq, and you also assume the purchase of American treasury bonds by China.
The fascist alternative to laissez faire capitalism is, therefore, not so much about the perfection of the American Union, as it is the perfection of the market for United States’ debt.
It is an exercise in wishful thinking on the part of industrial unions in the Midwest to the hope Barack will somehow abrogate current trade agreements like NAFTA in order to rescue American manufacturing from oblivion, without, at the same time, demanding he dismantle the American empire NAFTA helps to fund.
Assume one million dead Arabs, you also assume the purchase of American debt by China, the continuation of NAFTA, and all the ugly reality of globalization.
Assume the purchase of American debt by China, the continuation of NAFTA, and all the ugly reality of globalization, and you assume the continued collapse of American manufacturing.
This is not a byproduct of misguided policy implemented by the Moron; it is the intended outcome of building and maintaining an empire in the first place.
Come on, people, how difficult is it to understand that the entire point of the American empire was to gain control of resources beyond American borders?
Did you somehow imagine Washington could draw in all those resources AND keep your sweaty asscrack building refrigerators in Ohio?
To the members of the UAW – who abandoned the fight for shorter hours in the ‘fifties and ‘sixties – I have one question for you: Can I get fries with that order?
That’s right: Assume one million dead Arabs, and you assume the purchase of American debt by China funded through the sale of the output of that manufacturing job you used to have before you started working at McDonald’s, or at the local Wal-Mart selling cheap imported Chinese products to your fellow former UAW co-workers.