"But What About Those Countries Who Want To Bomb Us?"
I’ve seen a bit of conversation lately on other Anarchist blogs with people (usually anonymous) challenging the idea that an Anarchist society would be dangerous because of “all those countries who would bomb us”. I wish to address a few points with this argument.
The government never stopped the Japanese government from attacking Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The government, nor its force of violent military, stopped attacks committed on September 11, 2001. The government never stopped the attacks in 1993 on the World Trade Center, or on the USS Cole, or on foreign embassies, or any other attack. The government is reactionary, at best.
After the attacks on September 11, the only questions I heard were “why do they hate us so much?” No one ever asked the right questions. The other question insinuated the U.S.’s innocence. A better question might have been one laced with responsibility, “What did we do that upset them?” The truth is available to those who wish to seek it out.
The one message that alleged extremists in the Middle East have always put forth is “get out” or “leave us alone”. Yet the U.S. has never heeded that message, and has rather used extreme violence force to shove democrazy down their throats, rape their culture, and send their economy & livelihood into the toilet. The U.S. has bulled its way into every major Middle Eastern country that has oil, using the guise of “freedom” or “democracy”. It’s bullshit.
The U.S. is vulnerable whether the military exists or not. It’s not stopped any attack on home soil. The one thing the U.S. military & government has failed to do is recognize their freedom to live how they wish, to exercise their human rights as they wish. Amurrika doesn’t have it right. The U.S. is not the poster child for all things perfect, pure, & “the best way”. It’s not the visual aid for humanity at its best. No country is, but I would be there are countries who treat not only their own people better, but those who they are global neighbors with.
If North Korean or Chinese soldiers were marching up & down the streets of suburbia USA, the citizen would stop at nothing to drive them out, or even kill them, on a daily basis until freedom was restored. It’s a given that most all of us would fight for our freedom if we were threatened right in our own front yard. Yet we call others “terrorists” or “terror cells” when a community abroad does the same thing against arrogant & violent soldiers wearing a U.S. flag on their arm. Anarchism doesn’t stand against trade with a foreign country, or any sort of free market. Peaceful interactions & transaction is what is desired, not murder or violence. Had the U.S. gotten out of Afghanistan after the Russian incident in the 80’s, it’s more likely than not that 9/11 & other such attacks wouldn’t have happened.
So am I worried about “them” attacking “us” under an Anarchist system? No. Aggression happens regardless. But when you treat people are equal human beings, and not third world fools, you get a lot further with them.
I don’t see how anyone who confronts Obama’s record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. I do understand how they might have concluded that he is the lesser of two evils, and back him reluctantly, but I’d have thought more people on the left would regard a sustained assault on civil liberties and the ongoing, needless killing of innocent kids as deal-breakers. Nope. […] The whole liberal conceit that Obama is a good, enlightened man, while his opponent is a malign, hard-hearted cretin, depends on constructing a reality where the lives of non-Americans — along with the lives of some American Muslims and whistleblowers - just aren’t valued.
You must not kill your neighbor, whom perhaps you genuinely hate, but by a little propaganda this hate can be transferred to some foreign nation, against whom all your murderous impulses become patriotic heroism.
War is not something to memorialize or make sacred. War is something to mourn and to force us to reject the ideas men held that caused such horrific events.
I guess this is all part of America’s “strategic interests”.
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?
If Dr. Paul does not win the nomination, I will still be voting for him, or even writing in his name.
Voting in accordance with my conscience and my principles is now more important to me than voting for the party. I don’t agree with any of the other Republican candidates on even half as many things as I agree with Ron Paul on. I’m a libertarian with a socially and economically conservative background, and Paul fits the bill perfectly. The other candidates are not talking about correcting the root causes of our national problems, as Paul is. They’re talking about trying to treat the symptoms by enhancing the very conditions that caused them. On policy issues, I see very little difference between the other Republicans and President Obama. So it does not matter one bit to me if it’s Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum versus Barack Obama in the general election. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Sure, the rhetoric is different, and the beneficiaries of government largesse are different, but free markets and individual liberty are thrown out the window just the same. Just as Obama has continued all of the most objectionable of the Bush administration’s policies: unconstitutional foreign wars and interventionism, massive deficit spending and corporate bailouts, corporatism, expansion of the welfare state, ad nauseam, I hold out no hope at all that the new bunch of Republicans will be any different, except for Ron Paul. I flat-out just don’t trust Romney, Gingrich is a disgusting human being and an opportunist, and Santorum is a warmongering religious authoritarian. I just could not, in good conscience, vote for any of them.
We should be doing everything we possibly can to avoid a war with Iran, because not only can we not afford it, not only would yet another aggressive foray into a land on the other side of the planet be morally and practically insane, not only is Israel not our constitutional responsibility to defend, not only can Israel handle the threat that Iran may or may not pose very well on its own, but Russia and China have major economic and political interests in Iran. An American invasion will almost certainly escalate into a long-expected third world war. Already, the Obama administration is moving troops around the world and cutting forces in Europe, Africa, and South America, in order to focus on China. This strikes me as either insane or evil. I want nothing to do with it. Another, bigger war will complete America’s decent into despotic tyranny and bankruptcy. All of the Republican candidates, save Paul, are just itching for that war, whatever their claims to the contrary. They all support the sanctions that are putting a choke hold on the Persian people, just as FDR’s sanctions against oil exports to Japan before WWII put Japan in a position where they had to either shut down and abandon their empire, or attack the United States in a gamble. Sanctions do not ever prevent wars. They cause them.
I will be voting for the man who represents an about-face along that road. For me, it will never again be about Republicans versus Democrats. It is about life and liberty, against all the tyrants and purveyors of death in the world who would snuff out that light.
Barack Obama is not America’s problem. He is just a symptom of a system that rewards smooth-talking liars who are backed by financial and military corporations that are deeply intertwined with the government, and which is fueled by the Federal Reserve’s powers to inflate the currency to fund corporate bailouts and wars. This has been going on for ninety-nine years. It caused every dead American soldier sent to perish in Eurasia, every American who starved during the Great Depression and every other recession, this past century, and it will keep killing and destroying for the sake of power, until it is stopped.
Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich are not the solutions to that problem. They are products of it, just as much as Obama is. None of them will reverse the decline of American freedom and prosperity, either because they don’t understand what’s causing it, or because they want to be a part of it.
Ron Paul has the solutions.