[Marxism] Fwd: Comeytose in Washington
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
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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