[Marxism] millenarianism or flagging morale? was: Bush on "war on terror": 'I don't think you can win it.'

mds zenporcupinegrind at breathe.com
Tue Aug 31 09:09:34 MDT 2004

Ticktin's analysis of the war on terror is quite apt here; familiar 
themes of perennial ongoing conflict in order to maintain economic, 
social and political hegemony and stabilise finance capital. Whilst far 
from being a universally accepted perspective (many have doubts over 
the finance-capital stabilisation thesis, and especially the 
perspectives of the dampening effect of Stalinism on crises that 
Ticktin asserts) it does make for an interesting critique.

Indeed, the point of Bush's (as figurehead) 'war on terror' is, as Mike 
says, precisely that it is ill-defined, and ongoing.


On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at 03:58  pm, Mike Friedman wrote:

> I think you miss the point, here. I don't read this as a sign of 
> flagging morale, but as a manifestation of another of Bush's themes, 
> that of the millenarian war of good against evil. We will always need 
> a hero to fight evil, and I'm your man.
> Mike
> At 11:54 PM 8/30/2004, you wrote:
>> In his introduction to this item, Mark Jensen commented: "Two days
>> before before the opening of the Republican National Convention, 
>> George
>> W. Bush said to NBC News in an interview, speaking of the war on 
>> terror:
>> 'I don't think you can win it.'  --
>> " In the past, however, he has often promised victory.
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