The Jimmy Dore Show
THE YOUNG TURKS' DEFAMATION OF AARON MATE (ANNOTATED)
(2) Aaron Maté is a terrific journalist, but he is still a young man evolving his own perception of the world, and the choices we need to make to give the better part of humanity—not the perfect part which doesn't exist—have a chance at victory. He seems to know already quite clearly who the main enemy of humanity is at this juncture—what Marxists call "the main contradiction"—but he seems to cling to a largely liberal/idealist view of the world. In this sense, his use of the term "police state" to describe the Assad government is too much an unnecessary concession to the US propaganda narrative, especially in the heels of a solid electoral victory for Bashir al-Assad. It is also ethnocentric. We cannot simply go around passing judgment on other nations's "democracy", "human rights" and so on using the standards we supposedly honor at home, emphasis on the supposedly. People and nations, like any two individuals, may have completely different ideas of what constitutes a great democracy, or human rights, for example. Many people, looking at history, will argue that the West's much vaunted set of eternal human rights are not inherent in being human but products of an specific culture and technological epoch. Maté is also curiously oblivious—risky for. a critic of US foreign policy—to the degree of cynicism utilised by the US establishment when it mobilises to demonise a particular leader or nation. The first charge is that they lack democracy, said accusation usually followed by another, equally damning, that they are egregious violators of "human rights" (in the Western mode of course). This automatically triggers the disinformation machine, and Washington's latter-day pretexts, cute excuses like "responsibility to protect" (R2P), exercises in simply galactic size hypocrisy. A summary reading of the anatomy of color revolutions and US interventions in the last 30 years, the storms of sanctions, political and military attacks that ensue, suffices to see how being a bit too innocent or careless with such accusations can be dangerous for the sovereign nations the morally fake West is seeking our support to remould.
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^3000US citizens have no real political representation.
We don't live in a democracy. And our freedom is disappearing fast.
I don't want to be ruled by hypocrites, whores, and war criminals.
What about you? Time to push back against the corporate oligarchy.
And its multitude of minions and lackeys.
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