[Marxism] Fwd: Comeytose in Washington

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Fri May 12 21:56:37 MDT 2017

Well,  US megacorps have never been some sort of monolith, but rather 
have been segmented according to their various, competing, far-flung 
interests. And one of the mitigating factors for labor has been 
capital's centrifugal tendencies. If only we understood how to exploit 
that fact in an organized manner.

US corporations doing business with Germany when the US entered the war 
in 1941 (and this article doesn't mention the privileged, complex 
entanglements of finance capital):

"The year following the end of World War II, GE stood accused of 
criminal conspiracy with Krupp, a major German munitions firm. Their 
partnership artificially raised the cost of U.S. defense preparations 
while helping to subsidize Hitler’s rearmament of Germany. The 
arrangement continued even after Nazi tanks smashed into Poland. GE was 
not alone among U.S. big business in having cordial, profitable 
arrangements with the corporations of Nazi Germany. Kodak, DuPont and 
Shell Oil are also known to have had business dealing with Germany. Due 
to a recent reparations case, the activities of General Motors and 
Ford..." http://www.ranknfile-ue.org/uen_nastybiz.html

    Louis Proyect wrote

Friction with Russia only sharpened after Ukraine and Syria erupted. 
Despite Roger Annis, Stephen F. Cohen, Mike Whitney, David Duke, Michel 
Chossudovsky, Robert Parry, Noam Chomsky, Diana Johnstone and Marine Le 
Pen, the American ruling class did not view Putin in the same way it 
viewed Brezhnev. Remember that George W. Bush referred to Putin as 
Pooty-Poot and that Hillary Clinton called Assad a reformer. Plus, Exxon 
was partners with Russian energy companies in massive exploration 
projects. Not to speak of these bastions of American capitalism doing 
business in Russia:


Here's who's doing business with the bad guys.

On July 13, Pfizer closed a joint venture agreement with Russian 
pharmaceutical company NovaMedica.

Boeing has been in Russia for decades. About five years ago, it 
announced plans to invest $27 billion over the next 30 years. In July 
2015, an agreement was signed between Russian titanium manufacturer 
VSMPO-Avisma Corporation, Boeing and the Ural Federal University for 
joint research and development projects.

Ford has been in Russia for 13 years. In April 2015, the joint 
Russian-American venture Ford Sollers launched the production of the 
Ford Transit. The American brand launched four new vehicles in Russia 
last year, including the Focus and Fiesta models sold here.

U.S. companies with an existing presence in Russia include, PepsiCo PEP 
-0.12%, Procter&Gamble, McDonald's, Mondelez International, General 
Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Cargill, Alcoa, and General Electric. GE 
recently signed a joint venture with oil firm Rosneft in expectation 
that Washington will actually one day lift sanctions on oil firms.

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