In Part 3, using the example of the repression of “far off” Western Sahara’s right to self-determination, I am going to discuss the most simple and yet most important reason why anti-capitalist democratic internationalism is needed: No Justice, No Peace. The long history of U.S. involvement, including the advocacy of Hillary Clinton while Secretary of State and continuing payments from a plundering Moroccan state enterprise to the Clinton Foundation, is a silent partner in a continuing humanitarian tragedy. This tragedy, virtually unknown to U.S. citizens, not only is ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings but also undermining international peace. Added features are the diminution of the reputation of the U.S. before the rest of the world, the promotion of the profligate use of irreplaceable natural resources, and the associated reduction of incentives for recycling regional phosphate supplies, which would in the long run enhance food security. And, I almost forgot, big bucks for transnational companies.
In case you missed the first two parts of this series:
In Part 1 of this series for the Anti-Capitalist Meetup group at Daily Kos, I opined that the starting point for justice is for human beings everywhere to know their rights as human beings:
Laws are to be in the service of justice, with justice being in the service of love. When we begin to think deeply about our own rights–not those written up in constitutions given to us by the powerful but those that should be written in our hearts because they can be logically derived by our minds and certainly encompassing the meeting of our basic human needs–we begin to recognize how irrational it is to think that these rights should or even can stop at national boundaries.
In Part 2, I summarized “The Political-Economic Basis For Anti-Capitalist Democratic Internationalism,” citing Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Marx. Since I wrote Part 2, the prospect has manifested of President Obama holding hands with Republicans in pushing through fast-track authority for new “trade” deals. The targets of these actions, the workers and otherwise vulnerable of the world, have not given informed consent. They cannot even see the drafts much less be a part of the negotiations. Thus, a complex dialectic is taking place in which the U.S. government, with a pretense of helping U.S. workers, relying on President Obama’s domestic reputation for caring about the disenfranchised, fully supports internationalism–but of the neoliberal anti-democratic variety, on behalf of transnational capital and the upper mercenary class.
Whether the president in the White House were the nominee of the thoroughly corrupted Republican Party or the slightly less corrupted Democratic Party, humanity needs a global anti-capitalist and deeply democratic mass movement:
I suggest that there are two principal political-economic reasons why truly compassionate USians must support anti-capitalist democratic internationalism. One is a “prophylactic” reason and the other is a “stimulative” reason. Both are interrelated, and the distinctions I draw are not absolute but illustrative.
The first/prophylactic reason is that, as the desperation of Central American children reflects: the U.S. is not isolated unto itself, as the border zeitgeist would indicate, but is instead the senior partner of global capitalist imperialism, creating destruction and exploitation of people and the environment all around the world.
The second/stimulative reason is that the workers of the U.S. themselves need socialism and are unlikely to get what they need from domestic, plutocrat-controlled political “democracy” alone, which will require outside stimulus. And, circling back to the first reason, if the U.S. does not itself become socialistic, it is unlikely that the cancer of capitalism will cease expanding and re-expanding around the planet until no more profits are to be made and the planet has been thoroughly cooked. Hence, outside stimulation of the U.S. to become socialistic is necessary both for the good of the U.S. and for the good of the rest of the planet, if one cares about it.
For Part 3, because it’s summer, and a Holiday weekend in the U.S. no less, I will mostly ask you to watch some short highly accessible videos about Western Sahara. Then, I will briefly quote from a technical paper I did a couple of years ago giving, among other things, my take on the importance of Western Sahara to global food security. After that, I will, using nonpartisan sources, point out the ugly money ties of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Clinton Foundation. Those ties are merely the tip of a discouraging bipartisan “iceberg in the desert” to make permanent the Kingdom of Morocco’s plundering of Western Sahara.
I want the Clintons to change their ways and do the right thing, which is within their power. Therefore, I am calling them out for their apparently legal but nonetheless reprehensible conduct. If you would like to blame me for “politicizing” this topic, perhaps you should blame (1) reality; and (2) the example of Pope Francis in speaking truth to the world’s comfortable.
We the people, the too often passive objects of neoliberalism, must become the active deeply democratic subjects forcing there to be real “liberty and justice for all.” Whether the issue is oil, gas, phosphate ore, or some other production input, to use the wonderfully insightful words of Michael Harrington (pp. 60-61, Ch. 3, The Twilight of Capitalism, Simon and Schuster, 1976), “the pervasive light, the special atmosphere” should be understood. This necessitates a holistic rather than deterministic critique: Continue reading