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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Perkins again

Today, John Perkins is on Democracy Now!, claiming a top Brazilian official revealed the logic of Lula's turn rightward--Americans had been filming this official's exploits at parties when he was in college, and are now blackmailing him and others to do their bidding. Oh please. It's well known that Lula himself is a heavy drinker. Who in Brazil would care if some bureaucrat danced naked on tables or did a little coke in college? You don't need dark plots of seducing people like Perkins with money and women. Everyone knows that if you get in the good graces of the US there is plenty of money to be had, and with the money comes women. Nothing underhanded about this arrangement. The US doesn't need to drive disobedient finance ministers from office by revealing the possession of the secret sex tape from ten years ago. All they need to do is start a campaign in the media about how this minister is not 'moderate', is 'generating concern in the international business community', etc. and the drumbeat for his resignation will begin.

Anti-intellectualism on the American left is always leading it into these conspiratorial corners--anyone remember the 'shadow government' of the eighties? Why not direct outrage at what is right in the light of day? The US doesn't make a secret about bullying countries to do its bidding. Here is a headline from the Times, dated February 13: US and Israel are said to talk of Hamas' ouster. Today there is a followup story US and Israel deny plans to Drive Hamas from power. The lead sentence is "American and Israeli officials warned again Tuesday that they would cut off aid and transfers of tax receipts to a Hamas-led Palestinian government if it did not renounce violence and recognize Israel". All that's being denied is that this is an attempt to drive Hamas out, although it is difficult to see how this is not the case.

US power could never function globally without the active complicity of thousands of elites in hundreds of countries. The idea of a secretive network directly controlled by the US is convenient for a number of groups on the left, in the US and elsewhere. This does not mean it is true. How sad that Democracy Now! has fallen for this pseudo-oracle.

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