[Marxism] Argo f**k yourself, Agee whiz is what we need

Sebastian Clare sebthegooner at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 10:43:47 MST 2013

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Apologies for the slightly cringeworthy title, I have an indefensible
penchant for terrible wordplay.

I actually did not detest Argo too much, and certainly enjoyed it as a
film. It did not downplay the role of the Canadians as much as I thought it
would, and acknowledged early on the role of the United States in creating
the conditions for the Iranian revolution and reaping what they had sown.
The only part I really baulked that was the over-sentimental and
unnecessary family subplot of Affleck's character, and the last few minutes
felt particularly saccharin, almost nauseating. Still, compared to Zero
Dark Thirty and Django Unchained, it was a veritable masterpiece.

What is also was, unquestionably, was a love letter to Hollywood and the
CIA. There is someone else who I believe would be a far more worthy
recipient of applause:

"A real CIA hero: Philip Agee 1935-2008

Agee was a member of the CIA and served in Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico from
1957-1968. Agee partook in espionage, torture, black propaganda, and
military coups. He later left the CIA in revulsion and became a
revolutionary socialist (and avid supporter of the Cuban and Nicaraguan
Revolutions). He wrote a bestselling and must-read expose of the CIA called
"Inside the Company" that named CIA agents, detailed their activities and
the underlying rationale. Agee exposed CIA agents and operatives in Europe,
Latin America, and Africa.

"Reforms of the FBI and the CIA, even removal of the President from office,
cannot remove the problem. American capitalism, based as it is on
exploitation of the poor, with its fundamental motivation in personal
greed, simply cannot survive without force - without a secret police force.
The argument is with capitalism and it is capitalism that must be opposed,
with its CIA, FBI and other security agencies understood as logical,
necessary manifestations of a ruling class's determination to retain power
and privilege."

Excerpts of 'Inside the Company' are available here:


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