We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Origin of the ‘New Cold War’

Click here to access article by Eric Zuesse from Oriental Review. 

Zuesse puts together the mountain of evidence, much of it captured on videos, to show the history of US preparations to overthrow the legitimate government of the Ukraine on the border of Russia. Then he goes even further by presenting evidence of US grand designs for world domination following WWII when Operation Gladio program was established to counter any left-wing political party aspirations in Western Europe which Zuesse sees as the origins of the old Cold War. The violent overthrow of Ukraine by US operatives is the start of the "New Cold War" with Russia.

Unfortunately, he muddles his analysis by using a term from another social system and from another era: "aristocracies". This diverts attention away from the accurate designation of the current social system known as capitalism and avoids targeting capitalists as constituting the new ruling class who vie with other capitalists for world domination. Thus, history is reduced to ghoulish actors engaging in satanic acts because...well, that's what "evil-doers" do. A constructive alternative would be to analyze such events within the framework of capitalist dynamics by examining what it is about capitalism that produces such devious aggressions and wars against independent countries.

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