By Chad Nelson
Anyone living today knows the term isolationist only as a pejorative. It gained prominence during WWII as a way to slander Americans who opposed U.S. entry into that war. Then, as now, it was said that those who opposed war against (insert foreign enemy) wanted to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the rest of the world’s issues as if they had no bearing on the lives of Americans.
I happen to embrace the term, rather than run from it. If we’re being precise with our language and defining it properly, then isolationism ought to be the goal of any person who understands the routine and predictable fallibility of government. It is a philosophy grounded in historical fact, one based on a multitude of experiences which all point to the extremely limited ability of governments to accomplish their ends.
Real isolationism thus seeks not the walling off of America from the rest of the world and its problems, but instead, to isolate only the American government from inserting itself into those problems, thereby creating a bigger shitstorm than already exists. But those who create the political lexicon today have turned the term on its head in Orwellian fashion.
July 20th, 2014
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, www.popularresistance.org
The people of the United States must work to end the interventionist violence of the U.S. Empire.
This is Part I of a two part series on American Empire. Part II will focus on the Empire Economy and how it is failing to work for most Americans as well as most people of the world.
The historian who chronicles US Empire,William Blum, issued his 130th Anti-Empire Report this week. In it he notes that the US, by far, is seen by the people of the world as “the greatest threat to peace in the world today” with 24% taking that view. Only 2% see Russia as such a threat, and 6% see China.
This should not come as a surprise since, as this map shows, much of the world has been bombed, had their democratically chosen government overthrown and has been occupied by the United States. Blum follows these interventions closely and has reported that since the end of World War II, the United States has:
* Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
* Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
* Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
* Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
* Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries, according to Chapter 18 of his book Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower.
In this interview from the Tom Woods Show, Ralph Nader discusses his book Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.
“It’s clear where the Left-Right disagree . . . but the areas of agreement are very fundamental to our democratic society, to our constitution, sense of civil liberties and civil rights, and above all, to the balance of power between real people and giant multinational corporations . . . “
By Mike Marion
It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but clear evidence can be seen at least in the aftermath of World War II. Some trace the origins back to 1898 and the Spanish-American War, or even earlier to the War of 1812. And still others would say that imperial ambitions were even on the minds of some of the Founding Fathers. Regardless, there can be no doubt that today the United States of America is an empire.
It is probably safe to assume that most Americans do not think of their country as an empire. As a conservative in my younger years, I might have even labeled the suggestion as anti-American, rationalizing to myself: Sure, we may have strategic military bases around the world and we may use force at times, but it is only for benevolent purposes. We get the bad guys, give the country back to the good guys, and we leave. The US does not try to rule the world.
I was wrong.
November 29, 2014
Story reported by Michael Troncale
The United Nations has just passed a resolution ordering all residents of Manhattan who are not related to the original inhabitants of the island to leave. Ownership of the island will be turned over to the descendants of the Native Americans (the Lenape people) that lived there before 1626.
“It is completely unacceptable what the Dutch did to the original inhabitants of Manhattan,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They paid the Lenape 60 gilders worth of goods for the entire island, which is around a $1,000 in today’s currency. It’s downright theft, and we must correct this injustice.”
The nearly 1,500,000 people who live in Manhattan have three days to pack their belongings in preparation for relocation. Evacuee camps along the coasts of New Jersey and Long Island will provide living arrangements in the short-term. Eventually, these residents will be relocated to new arrangements in Staten Island, with the hope that someday they will have their own state within the US.
A bill currently pending in Congress would require the administration to come clean about the killings it is carrying out with drones around the world.
The bill — the HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act — stems from a letter issued by the leaders of the Progressive Caucus several months ago. The bill is authored by Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, and to date, ten (10) other progressive representatives have stepped up to co-sponsor the bill.
By Michael Troncale
“Every since he came around, people have died in his great name, long before that September, long before hijacking planes.”
–Lyrics from the song “Him” by Lily Allen
“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes.”
–Winston Churchill, on his decision to use poison gas to help put down rebellion against British rule in Iraq not long after the country was “created”
“You are flying in the face of four millennia of history.”
–An American missionary’s reaction to the British decision to cram Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra into newly formed country of Iraq
“The British civil commissioner in Baghdad, Captain Arnold Wilson, warned that it [decision to draw artificial borders to create new country of Iraq] was a recipe for disaster because the enduring Shia-Sunni conflict would result in ‘the antithesis of democratic government.”
– History’s Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them, Stephen Weir
Meaning of the Word “Iraq” – “Well-rooted country.”