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Post A Political Action Plan for the US...and Putin's Playbook?
Created by John Eipper on 08/30/19 3:31 AM

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A Political Action Plan for the US...and Putin's Playbook? (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 08/30/19 3:31 am)

I've been following this rather boring WAIS debate about whether or not liberalism has caused the rash of populism happening today.

The topic sounds interesting; the speakers were all knowledgeable and well-prepared. Was I the problem, and if not, what went wrong? The speakers had dramatically different backgrounds and spoke from very different perspectives (which usually I like), but they talked over each other's heads even when they agreed on facts. Finally I realized what went wrong: at the end there were no conclusions, just more fog.  There was no actionable knowledge. Thus I came up with my own guidelines to fight populism and its many bad characteristics:

1. Keep your eyes on what is essential for a healthy nation (we discussed this many times in WAIS: freedom of speech and religion, real representative democracy and no vote suppression of any kind, markets truly free, no excessive income or wealth differences, no socializing costs and privatizing profits for anyone, no racism, strict separation of church and state, promote innovation, have a decent infrastructure, no wars except in self-defense, join the world to stop destroying the environment.

2. Force every person to declare whether or not these are good values. Make the No-Sayers the enemy of the nation and agents of evil. Yes, get religious about it. This is a life-and-death situation for our nation. We must cut through this fog.

3. Any political candidate not subscribing to these values better do a good job explaining why, or s/he is out of consideration for any post.

4. Candidates for political roles with the following characteristics need not apply: chronic liar, racist, xenophobic, major ignoramus, uses unnecessarily vulgar and insulting language to subordinates, promote divisiveness rather than union among sub-groups, etc.

By the way, regarding the last item, the Russian military Academy of the General Staff has a textbook by Aleksandr Dugin titled The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia. It preaches that Russia should use its special services within the United States to fuel instability and separatism, including provoking American racists, introducing geopolitical disorder to internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements, extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, to destabilize internal political processes in the US. Also recommended: isolating the United Kingdom from the rest of Europe, annexing Ukraine, dismembering Georgia, creating a vital alliance with Iran, destabilizing Turkey, and minimizing the influence of China. Wow, Vladimir has made much progress.

On the other hand, I changed my mind about wanting Trump to get along with Putin. Perhaps, rather, Trump should be impeached ASAP.

JE comments:  I especially like your requirement #4, Tor.  I'd add a fifth one:  banish the lobbyists and no dirty money in politics, just individual (and modest) donations.  Utopian dreams?  Of course.  Or not?

Alexandr Dugin has been called the world's most dangerous philosopher.  (Look it up.)  Can anyone tell us more?

 


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  • Alexandr Dugin: "World's Most Dangerous Philosopher"? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 09/01/19 10:20 AM)
    Alexander Dugin has been called the world's most dangerous philosopher. But is this the case for the Empire dominated by extreme liberal capitalists, or for humanity as a whole?

    Dugin has also been called the Rasputin of Putin, which of course is historical nonsense. Furthermore, it is not worth talking about Russia fueling instability for the Empire. For three quarters of a century the Empire has fueled instability in the Soviet Empire and then in Russia. Prior to 1991 this may have been understandable, but there is no excuse for the creation of Al-Qaeda and the support given to the extremist Islamic terrorists in the Caucasus. After the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, Russia could have been integrated into cooperation with the West, as Berlusconi dreamt of doing, but the Empire favored only the Russian leaders shamefully reduced to making commercials for American firms such as Pizza Hut.


    If Russia is now repaying with the same coin, no one should complain.


    Alexander Dugin has elaborated a Fourth Political Theory, after Liberalism, Communism and Fascism:


    "For the liberals, identity is something to be destroyed. But destroying identity means destroying the people [I would say the nation]: from this populism is born, which is the people's attempt to become a people [again I would say a nation]:"


    For the extreme liberal capitalists, the people are the union of the rich with silly personal rights and the poor only required to pay and pay and pay. Such individuals are stripped of nationality, tradition, history, religion and even sex/gender (no more she or he); they are only a neuter consumer.


    Such extreme ideology begins to be rejected and a reaction is born which the elites call populism, in an attempt to give it a negative meaning and to try to take back the obedient herd back to the slaughterhouse.


    It is not a question of foreign policy in the sense of shifting alliances.  Rather, it is a question of restoring national independence with dignity within its own traditions.


    JE comments:  Without having read his books, I sense that Dugin comes from the Russocentric mold:  Pan-Slavism if you will.  Is the Dugin philosophy radically different from that of Dostoevsky or Solzhenitsyn?

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  • Can You Mandate "Good Values" in Politicians? (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA 09/03/19 7:42 AM)

    Gary Moore writes:



    Tor Guimaraes didn't really say, did he (August 30), that in his ideal nation-state
    he would "force every [political candidate] to declare whether or not these are good values."
    That must be a misprint, right?


    JE comments:  Here's a recap of Tor's values:  Freedom of speech and religion, real representative democracy and no
    vote suppression of any kind, markets truly free, no excessive income or
    wealth differences, no socializing costs and privatizing profits for
    anyone, no racism, strict separation of church and state, promote innovation, have a decent infrastructure, no wars except in
    self-defense, join the world to stop destroying the environment.



    I like 'em all, but can you mandate good behavior?  An idealist might say that the ballot box does exactly this, but electorates often prefer bad behavior.  Remember Brecht's call to abolish the electorate?


    Let's discuss this.



     

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