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John Mearsheimer: a Liberal Advocate for Mindless Barbarism (pardon the redundancy)

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Mearsheimer’s barbarous liberalism demands perpetual confrontation, conflict, and war and I worry that too many people are buying into this BS and believe that great power politics, might makes right, and the subordination of morality to political and economic interests are natural, inevitable, and something we need to resign ourselves to.


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Chaw61

Great article that needs to be widely read. The emphasis on class analysis and liberalism is critical. The odious philosophy of liberalism underpins all aspects of capitalist societies today – their politics, education, science, economics, morality, even modes of thought. For more on liberalism, a wonderful starting point is Domenico Losurdo’s ‘Liberalism, a counter-history’. Bob is being too lenient to say that the murder and mayhem of the West is limited to the past 200 years. The grotesque horrors have been continuous for at least the last 500 years. The rest of the world, the majority of humanity, has had… Read more »

Pierre C. Wolff

High time someone on the real left took a serious look at one of these establishment gurus selling us fake “philosophical profundity”. Mearsheimer is notable because he breaks ranks with the neocon consensus in terms of the recipe to follow to attain imperial goals, but otherwise his posture is morally the same (immoral or amoral) as the rest of the pack. Let’s face it, amorality in international affairs IS an ideological posture with consequences. It’s always denied by the “great” culture “arbiters” controllng the major institutional platforms (academic, media, etc.), but the reality speaks for itself. The author makes that… Read more »

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Patrick Michel

What makes class solidarity more moral than national interest as a casus belli? How does it have more descriptive power? The Russian Federation went to war because the Russian sphere of influence was intruded upon by NATO. Russian President Vladimir Putin made many references in his speeches to Imperial Russia in order to explain the emotional attachment that Russians have for the land they are fighting for, going back all the way to the first millennia and the Kiev Rus. He specifically repudiated the decisions made by USSR to take Crimea away from Russia. No one involved in the Russian… Read more »

Jon

I’m not sure if Mearsheimer is a China hawk or not but I might place him in the liberal camp (albeit not the Robert Kagan camp) Because his worldview is derived from Hobbes and Machiavelli.

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