[Marxism] Fwd: Re: [lbo-talk] Behind the News: Heightened Intra-capitalist Conflict under Secular Stagnation

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Fri Jan 6 13:10:08 MST 2017

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Subject: 	Re: [lbo-talk] Behind the News: Heightened Intra-capitalist 
Conflict under Secular Stagnation
Date: 	Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:53:52 -0800
From: 	Ralph Johansen <mdriscollrj at charter.net>
To: 	lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org

/On Dec 14 03:27:22 PST 2016 /*David Martin **davidtmartin at 

*The CIA is not a creature of the executive branch but of Wall Street 
and the corporatocracy, and, just like capital itself, it is rife with 
contradictions and conflicts. Looking at Steve Bannon's resume -- from 
the Security Studies program at Georgetown (the academic arm of U.S. 
intelligence agencies) and naval intelligence officer to Goldman Sachs 
and Hollywood propaganda films and Breitbart, I can say with a high 
degree of confidence that he is a covert operative serving an 
intelligence agency with a non-official cover. (I've known operatives 
with similar resumes as well as look at John Perkins' resume as an EHM). 
So what we are witnessing is factional warfare breaking out within the 
CIA and military, as one faction stole the election from another. One 
faction wants to provoke a crisis with Russia to provide a pretext for 
expanded military spending (e.g. Boeing and Lockheed Martin) while the 
other wants to integrate Russia into the global capitalist system more 
deeply to obtain its vast natural resources (e.g. ExxonMobil). This 
latter faction is also in alliance with the vulture capitalists (Mercer) 
and Wall Street investment banks (Goldman Sachs) that profit from 
financial speculation and crises, but the volatility and the deflation 
from financial crises negatively affect the production planning and 
commodity realization for global commodity producers with a 
manufacturing base in China (e.g. Silicon Valley). Like a "Godfather," 
Trump is now threatening the other faction with shots across the bow to 
get them in line. It is no accident that in midst of this conflict that 
Trump created a crisis with phone call with the President of Taiwan -- 
threatening to disrupt the GVCs of Sillicon Valley) or that he has 
threatened the largest military contractors with loss of contracts (e.g. 
Air Force One, F-35). That is, Trump is creating crises that threaten 
the other faction from which they must seek his protection -- and force 
them to kneel before the Godfather and kiss his ring, while he rewards 
the vulture capitalists, Wall Street investment banks, Big OIl, and 
CIA/military faction who support him with cabinet posts. A little carrot 
and stick from the carrot face and yellow top.

What do you think? What am I missing in this analysis? Thx! D


This morning Glenn Greenwald untangled much of the toxic snare that 
official Washington and its media outlets have been weaving around 
Assange, Snowden and his own organization and what they represent, 
comparing it with how they attacked Ellsberg, in a sorry world of very 
few people, now mostly exiled, in a position to say publicly and having 
the courage to report what is crying out for exposure.

In the dialogue with Amy Goodman 
Greenwald describes the open animosity toward the whistle blowers and 
toward Trump displayed all over a part of the power grid that includes 
the Democrats and the CIA.

All of which called to my mind what you have written here. Without 
further information it's hard to judge accurately, but the perspective 
you offer is well to keep in mind, because from other information coming 
out it comports with the way sides have been chosen toward Russia.

When you put together Trump dissing Lockheed Martin and Boeing, Wall 
Street and the intelligence community; the position that Silicon Valley 
and the technology companies have taken toward Trump ("By attacking 
companies like Amazon (for tax avoidance) and Apple (for outsourcing 
labor on its products), Mr. Trump was able to signal his opposition to 
the technological elites just as he went after Hillary Clinton’s highly 
paid speeches to Goldman Sachs." 
Trump's unusual phone call to the head of the Taiwan government in a 
"shot across the bow" to China (and by implication on the rentiers in 
Silicon Valley and the China connection, although that's also consistent 
with his populist complaints about lost jobs); the patently evasive, 
opportunitst stance that the Democrats and the intelligence branches 
have taken in blaming Russia when faced with the election results and, 
caught out by the whistle blowers, on the contents of leaked emails and 
other documents; the obvious interest that Exxon and their like have in 
partnering to exploit Russian energy resources 
with the melting and opening of the Arctic especially; and the 
likelihood from all indications that Trump has settled himself in the 
corner of the energy giants -- all consistent with what you suggest, and 
moreover, aside from the explanation of the conjunctural aspect, how it 
illustrates the innately centrifugal manner in which the competitive, 
profit-oriented capitalist system works. Now if we could learn how to 
exploit those divisions, as they do ours.

It'll all come into the light possibly at some point soon, but your 
observation seems to me to be astute, and thanks for putting it out there.


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