Amerikkka is often presented as the global peacemaker in sympathetic circles. If we take a cursory look around the globe today, however, we can see that every single conflict has the fingerprint of the United $tates in some capacity. This imperial strategy has not brought about the solution to conflict, but rather intended to proceed with conflict until achieving absolute control.
Even minor states – North Korea, Cuba, Syria, and Iran are continuously punished for merely existing outside of the unipolar order. Amerikkka demands total subservience to its geopolitical institutions.
The strategic parity between different states could decrease the occurrence of U.S. imperial wars, if the U.S. understands that it faces the threat of potentially losing such a conflict (Amerikkkans have not yet forgotten Vietnam and Iraq).
Russia and China (along with the other BRICS states) present a counterbalance to U.S. hegemonic goals around the world.
In fact, considering the recent decision by Mr. Orange-White-Supremacist-Clown to pull out of the JCPOA with Iran, we may also begin to see the E.U. establishing a more independent geopolitical pole as well.
New contours of global power present us with new options. Instead of repeating the Cold War, we shall soon find ourselves in totally new circumstances. The new global powers – the E.U., Russia, China are catching up to the U.$.
This power is no longer substantially ideological, as all of these countries (in one form or another) subscribe to neoliberal capitalism.
As others have written, “And Russia and China are part of this imperialist camp as well; the problem is that, because they are still developing as imperialist powers, they are beginning to represent a pole that might determine the global contradiction between imperialisms in the next decade.”
Where I disagree with MLM Mayhem is on how we should delineate our support for these competing powers. By encouraging competition, we encourage ruptures in hegemony and open the space for counter-movements. We should not say Russian and Chinese imperialisms are “better” than U$ imperialism, but rather, in order to bring down Amerikkkan global domination, we must critically support its nascent challengers.
This isn’t some moralistic argument about imperialism. Rather, this is a strategic argument about how we can move to socialism: through revolutions in the Third World.
Revolutions can only occur when political and economic systems reach the limits of their contradictions. As long as capital is able to flow freely, then Amerikkka (or another country) is able to prop up puppet regimes indefinitely.
By pushing for global ruptures, we inevitably force these contradictions to reveal themselves bare. This, of course, is no guarantee of Third World revolutions, but the chances increase dramatically.
Additionally, it is inherently advantageous for smaller countries that there is competition among the superpowers. Smaller countries throughout the Cold War skillfully embraced one or another side in order to gain favor and receive beneficial (or not-so-beneficial) aid packages, military assistance, or increased sovereignty and independence.
The very establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement solidified the strength of the Third World against the First World.
Following the dismantling of the Soviet Union by three men in a forest, the global order fragmented, ruptured, and tore itself asunder. The U.$. crowned itself the sole Empire and ensured that the Third World bent to its will.
Financial institutions like the WTO and IMF grabbed the Third World by the throat and smashed their skulls against the ground. Mimicking the old colonial days, white people continue to strip the wealth from black and brown people around the globe.
Why should Amerikkkans have hegemony?
Why does everyone in the world need to think about the fascists in Washington?
Why should the racist naked mole rat in the white house have so much power?
We are living in fascinating times. It is becoming more and more obvious that the unipolar order of the post-Cold War world is unraveling. Amerikkkan chauvinists and imperialists, in many ways, have already begun to write their own obituaries, lamenting the loss of their unchallenged empire.
Those of us who look forward to multipolarity on the world stage see the opportunity plainly. It is of the utmost importance that we are able to trace the contours of the emerging network of power accurately, in order to identify and promote desirable outcomes
Dumbass Trump is, through his sheer incompetence and immaturity, unintentionally dismantling unipolarity. It is possible that the pundits are right here (which, in and of itself, is a cause for celebration) and we are watching the decline of the Amerikkkan Empire.
Let’s take, for example, Trump’s racism.
The racism with Trump is bizarre (but certainly not unique). It’s bizarre in its overtness.
Everyone knows the Bushes, the Clintons, and the Reagans were all racist, for example. But they never openly said it. Instead, they used coded language, sleight-of-hand politics, and obscure policies to get their racism institutionalized.
Dotard Trump does not even pretend to play the classic rhetorical games of previous presidents – he does not differentiate between the general and the specific in his speeches.
When he talks about “radical Islamic terrorism”, he threatens all Muslims, not just those engaging in terrorism.
When he threatens North Korea, he threatens the entire country, not just the government.
When he lets Puerto Rico languish without power and communication, he’s making sure the Puerto Rican people suffer. Intentionally.
This is a particular type of dumbass, who doesn’t understand the hegemonic objectives of nuance and subtlety. Obviously, it would be better for White Amerikkka to have a figurehead who didn’t spew his bile all over the podium at the United Nations.
It’s more difficult for the state to function smoothly with a bloated, fascist rodent as its public face.
Trump, the least sophisticated of all mammals, has proven time and time again that he is incapable of using even basic logic and reasoning. It is clear that if he was more secretive about his wet-dream to rebuild the Third Reich, then every member of the rational bourgeoisie would be happier. He’s certainly not benefiting the United $tates, ironically enough.
This is an asset for those of us who wish to see the end of a unipolar geopolitical landscape.
Trump may succeed where countless leftists have failed.
Trump may single-handedly bring about the end of the Amerikkkan Empire.
When we talk about “what happened” regarding the 2016 elections, we should always start with the clear point that in the bourgeois political extravaganza, no one is willing to take responsibility. And, obviously, the masters of not taking responsibility are the Clintons.
In the video, Colbert and Clinton spend the first two minutes on general fluff and wound-licking. Following that, Clinton says the point of her book is to figure out what happened, “so that it doesn’t happen again”. Of course, she receives raucous applause for this line. After all, she is on Colbert’s show.
What is “it” exactly? Bourgeois elections? The Democrats losing elections? I suppose she means the government of the Russian Federation “interfering” in the elections, but we’ll cover that a bit later.
She says at around the 3:40 mark, that she’s being as candid as she could be about “the mistakes [she] made, … but also, … everything from sexism and misogyny to voter suppression to the unusual behavior of the former director of the FBI and the Russians, and the Russians and you have been sounding the alarm about this, because I believe so strongly that they think they succeeded in messing with our democracy…”
We can unpack this more as the interview goes on, but you’ll notice how quickly she pivots from talking about her own actions to blaming everyone else. Throughout the rest of the interview, she fails to mention anything else about what she could have done to change the outcome of the election.
That’s not to say the other things aren’t important, but rather that in her perspective, she is not responsible for her own loss. Well, what the fuck? For someone who apparently extolls the virtues of the Amerikkkan political process, why is she complaining about it so much? I don’t remember any (literally, not one) of the other losers in my lifetime doing anything remotely like this.
Back to the video…
Around 4:30, she says that the “Russians” definitely were “influencing voters and, therefore, influencing opinion…”
Let’s assume, for a moment, this is true. What does that mean? The government of the Russian Federation supposedly bought ads on Facebook and published news articles that were particularly aimed at Clinton and her campaign, placing her in a bad light.
What’s the issue here?
Last time I checked, that’s perfectly legal and acceptable. In fact, that’s what you do in an election! You attempt to influence voters and opinion in order to help you achieve your personal desirable outcome.
Now, dear reader, you might protest that the problem is that Russia is a foreign government. However, I don’t hear anyone complaining about how Clinton received money and blessings from Saudi Arabia and Israel (along with countless other states).
So what’s the deal? Russia bought Facebook ads? And by doing so, influenced the election?
Good for them. They played the game and beat out other countries. It seems like if we accept the narrative that Clinton and Colbert are pushing, the whole process was merely a power-play between different countries. And in that power-play, Russia beat Saudi Arabia.
Around 5:07, she claims that she’s “a bit of a Paula Revere.”
Can’t you hear it now? The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!
This is fear-mongering and highfalutin bullshit at its finest.
So now we get to hear Clinton’s breakdown of Vladimir Putin’s strategy. Fasten your seatbelt, dear reader, because you’re about to get thrown through a whirlwind of garbage.
At 5:12, she begins:
“You know, you’ve gotta understand what Putin’s strategy is. He really doesn’t like democracy. He thinks its an inconvenient, messy process. And he doesn’t like us. And he wants to destabilize our country, sow doubt about our democracy. I mean, these latest revelations where you had Russians pretending to be Americans. You had fake Americans with fake news and fake stories and fake demonstrations. That wasn’t just because he’s bored and has nothing to do. He wants to undermine how we see each other, how we respect each other, how we support our institutions and our society. So, I think they believed they had a good outing in 2016 and I think they will be back in 2018 and 2020 unless we stop them.”
This analysis received applause. And it really shouldn’t have.
The hypocrisy here is so blatant and so shameless, I’m surprised it got past people at all.
Putin doesn’t like democracy? Putin is trying to sow doubt about “our democracy”?
What the hell is she talking about?
Who is the person who just wrote a book and is appearing on television to say that the most recent elections were illegitimate? Not Putin!
Who is the one saying that we had people faking citizenship and lying about facts in order to help their side? Not Putin!
Who likes democracy? Not Putin and certainly not Hillary Clinton!
At 6:30, Clinton speculates as to why Putin wouldn’t like her. She concludes that it’s because she questioned the legitimacy of the elections in Russia in 2011. She goes on to say that Putin is still upset about the dismantling of the Soviet Union and that he wants to “undermine the European-American alliance.”
I think there are probably a few other pretty good reasons for Putin to cheer for anyone opposing Clinton. It’s true, she did question the legitimacy of the elections in 2011 – as did everyone else, because it was obviously rigged.
So, that’s probably not the primary reason.
Who ran on the platform of shooting down Russian planes flying over Syria?
Who was Secretary of State and oversaw the total destruction of Libya?
Who threatened to give more money to the Ukrainian government and started peddling revisionist narratives of the events of 2013-2014?
Clinton has a very proactive record of military aggression against sovereign countries and trying to corner Russia into very tight positions. As the regional power, the Russian government has seen these maneuvers (rightfully) as threatening and has opposed them.
Obviously, Dumbass Trump has been little better, but we can all rest assured that, through incompetence, Trump has been unable to get as much done as Clinton would have.
And that’s a good thing for Russia (and everyone else, btw)!
Starting around 7:35, Clinton starts telling a story about a time she met with Putin “in his dacha” in order to demonstrate that Putin is a terrible misogynist.
It, of course, doesn’t take a genius to realize that Putin is a patriarchal piece of shit. His whole image is that of ultra-masculinity. However, we should ask ourselves the question: what’s the function of this story?
It’s to make sure that everyone is on Clinton’s side against Putin (and, of course, we must hate Russia, because we hate Putin).
Why doesn’t Clinton focus on other avowed misogynists?
Like King Salman or Bibi Netanyahu?
Or how about Bill Clinton?
I’d like to end this with a story, just so we have the entire context here.
There was a significant event in 1996 that ought to be retold – the second election ever in the Russian Federation. Boris Yeltsin was running for re-election under very bad circumstances. He had been wildly popular in the beginning and watched that popularity dwindle as he did things like literally bomb the parliament building in central Moscow in 1993. At the same time, the economy was failing and the Russians were bombing Grozny to hell in the separatist republic of Chechnya.
So things weren’t going very well.
At the same time, a lot of people were looking back on the Soviet Union and realizing that they had lost a lot – public finances going to social security, healthcare, and education. Worker’s protections were also important. In Russia today, people refer to the 90s as “the wild 90s” and almost no one I’ve ever talked to has had anything positive to say about that time.
At this point, Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the newly-formed Communist Party of the Russian Federation (replacing the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) looked like a superstar, promising to fix the economy and put Russia back on track as it moved into the 21st century.
Bill Clinton, president of the U.$. at the time, was not about to let a communist win the Russian elections.
In the run-up to the election, the U.$. and the IMF funneled money to the Russian government. Yeltsin was also given logistical help from the Clinton administration. Pretty much everyone agrees, in the end, Zyuganov would have won the election, but the government committed wouldn’t allow free and fair elections.
Essentially, the Clinton administration made important moves (up to and including direct election fraud) in order to ensure that Yeltsin won the 1996 elections.
Following this move, the Russian economy continued to spiral, the Russian government continued the War in Chechnya (and admitted defeat just a month after the election).
So, allow me to pose the question to you, dear reader: who in truth has a track record of interfering in foreign elections? Is Russia really the bogey-man that Clinton and her minions are trying to paint it as? Or is it the case that the Russian government simply refuses to be a vassal of the U.$.?