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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

US Seeks to Transform Vietnam into Weapon Against China

Click here if you wish to directly access this 16:40m interview conducted by Brian Becker with Eric Draitser from Stop Imperialism.

Draitser gives us an excellent overview of the geopolitical strategies our imperial masters are using against the rising power of China in order to supply their insatiable addiction to power by increasing their domination over the entire world. This sick tiny class of addicted capitalists are likely driving us all to a nuclear war conflagration and we, by not interfering, by just going along, and by just concerning ourselves with our immediate circumstance will be contributing to this nightmarish outcome. We ordinary Americans will be, if we are not already, the "good Germans" of the 21st century.
Eric Draitser...provides his analysis (May 20, 2016) of President Obama’s visit to Vietnam and decision to lift the decades-old arms embargo on the country. Draitser expalins that US strategy sees in Vietnam a potential lever to use against China, and that that perspective shapes US policy towards the country and the region. He further explains some of the geopolitical implications of the current situation, and how the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama’s “Asia Pivot” and other policy initiatives fit into the broader strategy.