[Marxism] The Russian Reader: Chutzpah

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Tue Sep 12 16:53:02 MDT 2017

Thomas Campbell wrote


Here’s the score, boys and girls. This is what happens, sooner or later, 
to everyone who has a beef, however minor, with the Putin regime. They 
get a visit from a “policeman” who is indistinguishable, in his 
behavior, looks, and speech, from an ordinary thug.

For all that, justification on the ground and all that, what is the 
essential difference between RT, BBC and VOA? Yes, the Russian regime is 
from what I know everything you say it is. and which for reasons of 
state and economic insecurity that we could go into is, 
counter-productively in the long run and like most third world regimes, 
more repressive, corrupt and hostile to dissent than many western 
governments. So then how about the US regime? In terms of its relative 
effect on the lives or life chances of countless working class 
inhabitants of the planet, and its threat to the long-term viability of 
our species, when it threatens to spread nuclear annihilation and 
selective murder by drone and space technology all over the place, 
denies and impedes any meaningful action on climate deterioration, 
prevents labor mobility and rise in living standards in every corner of 
the globe while enhancing capital mobility without impedance to the 
benefit of US capital, and consumes the preponderance of the world's 
assets, many irreplaceable? Need I elaborate further? Have you for 
example in the past few days seen our media outlets' smug, self-serving 
coverage of North Korea, 9-11 and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? Would you 
be posting, not just on VOA, but on the organs of a vicious US media 
conspiracy which conceals all that I describe and requires truth-seekers 
with vital information to resort to an outlet no less venal but open to 
an essential critique of US corporate and governmental actions?

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