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  1. Greg Cameron

    Jon is great at certain things, but, free of satire or invective, I’d have Jon consider this. Back when Bill Clinton was President, Larry Summers and some other economist bigwig told Clinton that transnational capital was the wave of the future and nation-states were obsolete. Nation-states are obsolete. Consider that, Jon. Nation-states are, of course, the foundation of what is supposed to be the rule-of-law and the democratic process. Clinton was being told that the rule-of-law and the democratic process were, in effect, obsolete. Because corporations can pull out of a country anytime they don’t like something, they can undermine laws and the democratic process. They are, of course, unaccountable to anyone except, perhaps, their shareholders(and sometimes not even that). Corporations, you might have noticed, are not democratic structures as such. Where does this leave the whole process of democracy? Are democratic elections mere fashion contests or popularity contests? Republicans are just Democrats who are inclined to "kick ass"(as they so charmingly put it) and mention the name of Jesus a little more often. While it’s nice to see the Republicans gone from power, it is unwise to expect too much of the Democrats. If Obama were to tinker too much with things as they are, he wouldn’t have got to this position – it’s as simple as that. As long as they let us keep our toys and keep us reasonably entertained, it doesn’t matter? All the while, reality becomes more and more like some anime dystopia. One can join the South Park boys and cry "corporations" sarcastically and pretend the whole problem will go away. But that is pretty much equal to saying "to hell with thinking! Leave me alone!" Ignoring something is not going to make it go away. Contrary to post-structuralists’ and post-modernists’ conceptions, objective reality has an annoying habit of not going away. You don’t have to be an "anarchist" to say there are problems with the way things are developing. An anarcho-libertarian once quipped that Barry Commoner proposed all manner of regulation under the naive expectation that he himself would get to do the regulating. One doesn’t have to share the ideological preconceptions here to appreciate the truth of the witticism. The very framing of a law can undercut the intent of the law. What good are regulations about food safety if the government won’t fund proper food inspections? And what difference does it make if you subject corporations to laws if they’re just going to pack up their bags and go somewhere else? Your own country is out of jobs and the country they move to is pretty much out of luck – some places are not too much on niceties about safety and human rights, Jon. The Russian Revolution occurred in part because any reforms Liberals tried to enact were blocked by the powers of reaction. They(Russian Liberals) meant well, but in the final analysis did good intentions count? The result was a monumental human tragedy. The fall of the Russian empire seems to have tarred the large democratic socialist tradition(which Marxists detested – just read Marx and Lenin). Dummies assume socialism or any form of progressivism is Marxism. Nonsense. All Catholics are Christians, but not all Christians are Catholics. Similarly, all Marxists are socialists, but not all socialists are Marxists. The American imbeciles who go on about this don’t know the idea of the dialectic(and Marxism’s inverted twist on Hegelian dialectics) from a hole in a ground. Ignorance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and sometimes it can be downright fatal. If I were some people, I wouldn’t be so quick to shout one’s ignorance from the rooftops. Reality isn’t a shouting contest. Sigh. I don’t know if I’m changing any minds here. Just think about it, Jon. Okay? Best wishes, really…Greg Cameron, Surrey, B.C., Canada

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