[lbo-talk] Behind the News: Heightened Intra-capitalist Conflict under Secular Stagnation

Ralph Johansen mdriscollrj at charter.net
Fri Jan 6 10:47:08 PST 2017

This morning Glenn Greenwald untangled much of the toxic snare that official Washington and its media outlets have been weaving around Assange, Snowden and his own organization and what they represent, in a sorry world of very few exiled people in a position to say publicly, and having the courage to say what is crying out for expression.

In the dialogue with Amy Goodman (https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/6/what_impact_will_trump_presidency_have) Greenwald describes the animosity toward them and toward Trump displayed all over a part of the power grid that includes the Democrats and the CIA, with their open hostility towards Trump.

All of which called to my mind what you have written here. Without further information it's hard to judge accurately, but the perspective you offer is well to keep in mind, because from other information coming out it comports with the way sides have been chosen toward Russia.

When I put together Trump dissing Lockheed Martin and Boeing and the intelligence community, the position that Silicon Valley and the technology companies are taking toward Trump ("By attacking companies like Amazon (for tax avoidance) and Apple (for outsourcing labor on its products), Mr. Trump was able to signal his opposition to the technological elites just as he went after Hillary Clinton’s highly paid speeches to Goldman Sachs." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/opinion/silicon-valley-helped-create-trump-and-thats-bad-for-it.html,); Trump's unusual phone call to the head of the Taiwan government in an open dump on China (and by implication on the rentiers in Silicon Valley); the patently evasive stance that the Democrats and the intelligence branches have taken in blaming Russia when faced with the election results and, caught out by the whistleblowers, on the contents of leaked emails and other documents; the obvious interest that Exxon and their like have in partnering to exploit Russian energy resources (https://rdln.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/trump-and-the-us-russia-china-triangle/); and the likelihood from all indications that Trump has settled himself in the corner of the energy giants -- all consistent as you suggest with the respective positions being taken toward Russia.

It'll all come into the light possibly at some point soon, but your observation seems to me to be astute, and thanks for putting it out there.


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