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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

President Trump: Nationalist Capitalism, An Alternative to Globalization?

Click here to access article by James Petras from Global Research

I am running out of time this morning and have little time to really study this article, but I am simply amazed by his portrayal of Trump's views. This article could easily be seen as a strong defense of his policies. The only problem is that Petras seems to be totally guided by what Trump said about his policies during his political campaign, and not about his actions. His concluding remarks about what he has actually done--his cabinet appointments--are not consistent with his lengthy description of Trump's views, but Petras doesn't deal with this glaring contradiction.
His cabinet appointments and his Republican colleagues in Congress are motivated by a militarist ideology closer to the Obama-Clinton doctrine than to Trumps new ‘America First’ agenda.  He has surrounded his Cabinet with military imperialists, territorial expansionists and delusional fanatics.

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