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Friday, September 7, 2012

People have obligation to resist ‘compromises’ creating endless war ─ Glen Ford

Beyond Party and Tribe
Excerpt, editing by Carolyn Bennett

I couldn’t agree more. The ideas of the other speaker in this Democracy Now segment are not worth mentioning because the speaker is a tribalist, not an independent or rational thinker.


The present executive administration in Washington, Glen Ford says, has “created a model for austerity comprised of …

Deficit reduction
Introduction of preventive detention
A law for preventive detention
Expansion of the theaters of war in drone wars
Unremitting assault on international law

Possibly “the biggest impact of this presidency” — not all the light and airy stuff rising from the party convention, but actual deeds, “what will go down as his biggest contribution to history — is a kind of

… merger of the banks and the State, with $16 trillion being infused into these banks, into Wall Street under his watch; and the line between Wall Street and the federal government virtually disappearing.

Partisan, tribal failure to resist domestic, foreign wars

Apparently, under a Democratic president, under the first black president, Party members and tribalists “cannot muster the energy to resist [domestic and foreign wars]. It is their behavior that facilitates these austerity assaults and these wars—this warmongering ─ because they do not resist it.” They accept it as inevitable, “a fait accompli.”

But “it is not true that the Democrats could not on their own stop the assaults, for example on Social Security [and other domestic programs]….”

People’s obligation to resist

“I do not accept,” Ford says, “that Obama has to make these so-called compromises. I do not think they are compromises but are part of his overall plan to have a grand accord with the Republicans.” A Democratic Party president in office “has [to have] put his bully pulpit and his immense prestige within the party itself towards these compromises.”

And if the people offer no “effective critique, make no effective demands” against the administration, “the president will go on his right-wing-drifting merry way.”

 Sources and notes

“‘Effective Evil’ or Progressives’ Best Hope? Glen Ford vs. Michael Eric Dyson on Obama’s Presidency,” Friday, September 7, 2012

Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, BlackAgendaReport.com


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