[Marxism] US election campaign reveals mass alienation from two-party system

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Nov 5 08:34:13 MDT 2016


On 11/5/16 10:17 AM, Jeremy via Marxism wrote:
> Note today's November 5th Detroit conference:
>
> Socialism vs. Capitalism and War: The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit
>
> http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/09/15/pers-s15.html
>
> From: Jeremy Wells
> (California write-in voter for President Jerry White and Vice President Niles Niemuth, qualitfied and counted Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidates)


This is a total joke.

Organizing a conference that will only be attended by SEP members, all 
50 of them, and their supporters, another 25 or so, is hailed as if it 
were the Zimmerwald Conference.

None of these ultralefts who bang on about WWIII have ever carried out 
an economic analysis of the contending hegemonic or aspiring hegemonic 
powers.

WSWS: "Twenty-five years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and 
15 years after the beginning of the 'war on terror,' the unending 
conflicts launched by the United States in the Middle East and Central 
Asia are metastasizing into a global confrontation with the larger 
competitors of American imperialism, particularly Russia and China, both 
armed with nuclear weapons."

In fact the USA and Russia are united in bombing ISIS and al-Nusra. They 
differ verbally on Assad but prefer him to the rebels who are in the 
process of being Grozny-ized while Obama stands with his arms folded.

Chicken little indeed.


Exxon now has more exploration holdings in Russia than in the U.S., 
despite sanctions 
(http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/03/03/exxon-now-has-more-exploration-holdings-in-russia-than-in-the-u-s-despite-sanctions/)

A struggle began for the “division of the world”, as, in fact, it is 
called in economic literature. On the one hand, the Rockefeller “oil 
trust” wanted to lay its hands on everything; it formed a “daughter 
company” right in Holland, and bought up oilfields in the Dutch Indies, 
in order to strike at its principal enemy, the Anglo-Dutch Shell trust. 
On the other hand, the Deutsche Bank and the other German banks aimed at 
“retaining” Rumania “for themselves” and at uniting her with Russia 
against Rockefeller. The latter possessed far more capital and an 
excellent system of oil transportation and distribution. The struggle 
had to end, and did end in 1907, with the utter defeat of the Deutsche 
Bank, which was confronted with the alternative: either to liquidate its 
“oil interests” and lose millions, or submit. It chose to submit, and 
concluded a very disadvantageous agreement with the “oil trust”. The 
Deutsche Bank agreed “not to attempt anything which might injure 
American interests”. Provision was made, however, for the annulment of 
the agreement in the event of Germany establishing a state oil monopoly.

V.I. Lenin, "Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism"




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