Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My First Dissent: It's About The Road Not Taken.

You'd think there'd be a robust liberal-left agenda to harness globalized trade, to redistribute wealth to workers, alleviate poverty, stabilize the overharvesting of scarce local resources, and open new markets for products from poor countries. Trade agreements could force the spread of revolutionary change and democratization, and the entrenchment of human rights, everywhere.

Instead, we have the spectacle of the celebrity American peace mum Cindy Sheehan hugging Hugo Chavez at a World Social Forum photo opportunity in Venezuela, at precisely the moment Chavez was concluding a deal with the Russians for 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 24 fighter jets, and an arms-manufacturing plant in Caracas. . .
This is the kind of thing that makes it impossible to ignore what is perhaps the greatest betrayal of the historic mission of the left. It's what the great British writer George Orwell observed among certain leftists of his generation, "whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism."

When the going got tough back in Orwell's day, that faction was in a minority. It's not so clear that it is the minority now.

My new column has been up since only this morning and already I’m a CIA agent, I see. Is that a demotion or a promotion from the Mossad?

5 Comments:

Blogger Nav said...

"Is that a demotion or a promotion from the Mossad?"

Hmm. I say promotion. As cool as he is, Eric Bana's no Kiefer Sutherland.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Dirk Buchholz said...

Terry said:"Instead, we have the spectacle of the celebrity American peace mum Cindy Sheehan hugging Hugo Chavez at a World Social Forum photo opportunity in Venezuela, at precisely the moment Chavez was concluding a deal with the Russians for 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 24 fighter jets, and an arms-manufacturing plant in Caracas". . .
...what the hey,does that mean.I think you are trying to point something out here.But I have to scratch my head on this one.
Your point totally ignores certain realities and is ignoring the context of whats behind Chavez's arming and actions.The reality is that Chavez is buying planes due to the fact that the US has stopped selling ,spare parts etc,for the American planes,in that countries arsenal,along with other military needs.
Chavez does have a right to defend his country,and to insure the country does have a defensive ability,which the US is trying to limit and degrade by its denial of parts etc.Not because Chavez or his country is a threat to anyone.But due to the fact,it does not like the choice of the people of that country(so much for the US and all its talk about democracy),nor the fact Chavez is putting the needs of ordinary people before capital.
This is why Chavez has purchased the armaments.
Your point makes no sense,Chavez has a right to distrust the true intentions of the US,who after all the US backed a miitary coup against a demacraticly elected govt.You know a coup the anti-thesis of democracy.
So there is no "spectacle" nor any contradiction of a "peace mom" hugging Chavez.
Chavez has done nothing to undermine another countries sovern,nor invaded another country,nor talks about invading or using military means as a means to an end.So I just don't get what you are trying to imply...
The actions of Chavez has nothing to do with,"hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism."
Nor is the so called,"lefts" solidarity with the people of that country a sympton of,""hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism."
Chavez has done more for the poor in his own country and others than most leaders of the so called demacratic West,his actions are all about solidarity with ordinary people against the machinations of empire,power and capital.Like I said "betrayal",???????

6:20 PM  
Blogger Robert G. said...

Well, I don't think you look smug. Statesmanlike.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

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11:55 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

"but war is now actually one of the least of the world's worries."

Disagree. Strongly. Nuclear inihalation is right up there.

I agree that we on the left have to choose our heroes wisely. Chavez is certainly not a saint, and is a human rights violator himself, butlove himor hate him, you have to admit that his has fostered a grassroots international popularity based on resistance to US hegemony.

Invoking Orwell is great, I think he is a hero. I think there is a tendency on some of the liberal left- in a desire to distance themselves from the radical left - to move to far to the right. Christopher Hitchens comes to mind. Yes, there are monsters on both sides of the ideological divide, but we must keep in mind exactly that: there are monsters on both sides of the ideological divide. Show me bin Laden and I'll show you Bush. And so on. I'm pretty sure if Orwell were alive today he would have both of them in his sights.

11:58 PM  

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