Richebacher's comments

Mark Jones jones118 at
Sat Apr 29 17:33:50 PDT 2000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-lbo-talk at
> [mailto:owner-lbo-talk at]On Behalf Of Doug Henwood

> Because the U.S. deserves to crash & burn doesn't mean it will
> happen.

> > > Do you think such a collapse in the U.S. would make this country pull
> >> back from the world, or make it even meaner?
> >
> >Does it much matter? This is a real question.
> Sure does. The U.S. has a fearsome military machine that could really
> fuck up the rest of the world if it wanted to. Back in 1987, the now
> largely forgotten Wall Street economist Albert Wojnilower - was he Dr
> Doom or Dr Death? I can never remember - said "Americans are and show
> every sign of remaining, in contrast with Japan, a short-term,
> mercurial, polyglot, multi-ethnic, mobile, and heavily armed people.
> Claims on such a people need to be accumulated and exercised with
> care." I don't know what the "polyglot, multi-ethnic" aspects have to
> do with it, but his general point is sound.

I'm not into wishful thinking, I hope. I don't think we should allow ourselves to be overawed by the Empire either.

I quite like John McMurtry's idea in the Cancer Stage of Capitalism; it's not armies which defend civilisations, but a deeper historic process of making the social and natural worlds consonant. Armies do not necessarily advance that process. On the contrary.

Mark Jones>

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