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JKR

kropotkin1951 wrote:

JKR wrote:

It seems like a lot of people with Biden derangement syndrome get chills down their spine when they listen to Biden.

Do you actually think that Biden's brand of American exceptionalism is good for the planet?

I didn't know Biden had a special brand of American exceptionalism. It seems to me his American exceptionalism is run on the mill American exceptionalism publicly espoused by almost all U.S. politicians.

kropotkin1951

NorthReport wrote:
Nah, let's get Trump back.

Your imagination is limited to the status quo. Imagine a trip on the road to a New Jerusalem instead of a ride on the new American exceptionalist war machine.

kropotkin1951

JKR wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:

JKR wrote:

It seems like a lot of people with Biden derangement syndrome get chills down their spine when they listen to Biden.

Do you actually think that Biden's brand of American exceptionalism is good for the planet?

I didn't know Biden had a special brand of American exceptionalism. It seems to me his American exceptionalism is run on the mill American exceptionalism publicly espoused by almost all U.S. politicians.

Fair enough. So do you believe his generic brand of American Exceptionalism is good or bad for the planet. Not better or worse than other American POTUS's but only in relation to the planet he seeks to rule. I see nothing in his militaristic view of winning the world that is of any use to progressive people who want a better world.

What about you? North Report had totally drank the koolaid and believes all the propaganda that the Democratic MSM can feed him about how Biden will save us all.

JKR

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Fair enough. So do you believe his generic brand of American Exceptionalism is good or bad for the planet. Not better or worse than other American POTUS's but only in relation to the planet he seeks to rule. I see nothing in his militaristic view of winning the world that is of any use to progressive people who want a better world.

What about you? North Report had totally drank the koolaid and believes all the propaganda that the Democratic MSM can feed him about how Biden will save us all.

I think American exceptionalism is very bad for the world. One of the reasons is that it creates a world where there isn't enough global cooperation to tackle humanity's problems. The botched international response to Covid-19 being a glaring example. I think the way to counter American exceptionalism is to support multilateralism as much as possible through policies like supporting the UN and it's agencies. I think Democrats support multilateralism much more than the Republicans and that's one reason I prefer Democrats over Republicans.

kropotkin1951

I am glad to see that you are coming around to seeing that China's foreign policy is the the way to go.

JKR

I'll drink to you being glad!

JKR

NDPP

Justice dems absurd gushing over Biden shocks the conscience

https://youtu.be/UghZtonBAJI

The Jimmy Dore Show

 

Biden abandons pledge to lower drug prices

https://youtu.be/8-dbAiE0C2w

 

Washington Post officially stops counting Biden's lies

https://youtu.be/SN3mRDaM7_E

 

As have some Canucklhead 'progressives' apparently.

kropotkin1951

JKR wrote:

Biden is one of those guys that would shake your hand and then dis you when you walk out of the room. Are you really trying to portray the POTUS as being friendly with China? Are you working for a 5Eyes agency? Here is what the war monger said to Congress.

President Joe Biden took aim at China in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, pledging to maintain a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific and promising to boost technological development and trade.

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He also said he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States will maintain a strong military presence in the Indo—Pacific "just as we do for NATO in Europe – not to start conflict – but to prevent one."

https://news.yahoo.com/biden-talks-tough-china-first-021757026.html

contrarianna

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Michael Moriarity wrote:

For a more balanced, reality-based view of the Biden administration, see Mehdi Hasan's interview with Noam Chomsky.

Note how Noam's views on Biden's "dangerous" foreign policy will be discussed later but that doesn't happen. However we get the soft ball question about the depth of the Republican's evil from the Democratic interviewer. One side of the US duopoly is evil but the other side is saving the planet and lets just not talk about dead civilians in foreign countries. Classic propaganda from one side of the duopoly.

Very interesting.

This is the first time, that I can recall, that Chomsky has been interviewed by the "freedom loving" corporate US TV which usually draws its "experts" from  the revolving door of military procurement shills and spy agency operatives.

In summary, Chomsky is allowed access for MSNBC's highly polarized marketing to the Democratic supporters since he advocated voting for Biden over the even more vile Trump.   Given that even the greatest war criminal of the 21st Century, GW Bush, is now gushed over by the Democrat party elite, it is not much of a feather in in Chomsky's cap though I'm glad he appears at all.

Chomsky is allowed to speak on that circumscribed topic, denouncing Trump and praising Biden. He is then allowed to say what more he thinks Biden should do for the environment.
Although somewhat late to focusing on the climate catastrophe,  Chomsky is right to now see environmental destruction as central to the exceptional Trump/Republican criminality.

There is not a chance in hell that MSNBC would allow Chomsky a more far ranging discussion involving US criminality of foreign policy though he was given the impression it would be discussed.

None of the major corporate organs of propaganda, neither the Republican nor Democrat factions would ever have anything resembling this far-ranging more recent interview:

Noam Chomsky: Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Largely Indistinguishable From Trump’s

President Joe Biden’s domestic policies, especially on the economic front, are quite encouraging, offering plenty of hope for a better future. The same, however, cannot be said about the administration’s foreign policy agenda....

https://truthout.org/articles/noam-chomsky-bidens-foreign-policy-is-larg...

NDPP

North Korea warns US of 'very grave situation' over Biden speech

https://time.com/6045476/north-korea-biden-speech/

"North Korea on Sunday warned the United States will face 'a very grave situation' because President Joe Biden 'made a big blunder' in his recent speech by calling the North a security threat and revealing his intent to maintain a harsh policy against it..."

 

Another dangerous foreign policy fiasco from Biden and Blinkers coming right up.

NDPP

"Neoliberal Democrats are absurdly citing the January 6th riots at the US Capitol to defend corporate patents, which are killing people in the Global South by denying them vaccines. It's a gift that keeps on giving, that they can exploit to justify their right-wing corporate agenda."

https://twitter.com/BenjaminNorton/status/1388928155608616970

NDPP

With 400,000 dead, Brazil regulator slammed for 'political veto' of Russian vaccine

https://www.brasilwire.com/brazilian-drug-regulator-slammed-for-politica...

"...Brasil Wire revealed in an exclusive that the United States had pressured Brazil's government to refuse offers of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which was first in the world to be approved. According to Department of Health documents, the US move was to counter what it described as 'malign' Russian influence in Latin America, to prevent a soft power victory for Russia, regardless of the human cost-denial of the vaccine to Brazil's population."

NDPP

Jeremy Scahill on Biden's war on whistleblowers from Daniel Ellsberg to Edward Snowden (and vid)

https://twitter.com/democracynow/status/1388658255203913728

"An investigation by the Intercept into Joe Biden's foreign policy record reveals a long history of supporting foreign interventions. 'He almost never meets a war he doesn't support,' says Jeremy Scahill."

Which is precisely why the right-left cheerleaders here support the crooked, lying warmonger of the oligarchy and whatever malevolent 'Death to Russia/China and all hail Israel' nonsense  WaPo , NYT or the rest of the lying liars of the msm propaganda press are spewing about official enemies foreign and domestic, on his behalf.

 

NDPP

World's Most Tyrannical Regime Can't Stop Babbling About 'Human Rights'

https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/worlds-most-tyrannical-regime-cant

"...Like all US secretaries of state, Blinken's public statements overwhelmingly focus on the claim that other nations abuse human rights, and that it is America's duty to defend those rights. Which is very silly, considering the fact that the US government is the single worst human rights abuser on planet Earth. And it's not even close.

This is what you are feeding into, by the way, when you parrot State Department lines about how horrible and tyrannical US-targeted governments are. You are helping to circulate the narratives our rulers are spending billions of dollars circulating, and you are doing it for free. You are making the jobs of the imperialists that much easier, because you are unwittingly operating as a pro bono Pentagon propagandist.

Don't be a Pentagon propagandist, pro bono or otherwise. Don't be an imperial concern troll. Don't let the worst human rights abuser on the face of our planet get away with pretending to support human rights."

Hope this is helpful. You know who you are...

NDPP

Biden is no FDR, just a business-as-usual Democrat (audio)

https://www.blackagendareport.com/biden-no-fdr-just-business-usual-democrat

"Far from the incarnation of FDR, Joe Biden is the usual corporate Democrat, said veteran activist Margaret Flowers of People's Resistance. 'Biden throws more money at a failed healthcare system,' and  on foreign policy he 'continues the economic wars and expands military operations in the Middle East and surrounding China and antagonizing Russia,' said Flowers."

JKR

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Biden is one of those guys that would shake your hand and then dis you when you walk out of the room. Are you really trying to portray the POTUS as being friendly with China?

I think Biden's anti-China saber rattling is aimed mostly for U.S. domestic consumption. Unfortunately there is a huge amount of anti-Chinese xenophobia in the U.S,, Canada, and elsewhere. Trump and the Republicans are accusing Biden of being "in bed with the Chinese" so Biden is posturing to counteract that political attack. 

kropotkin1951

So it is not Biden that is the source of the belligerent in your face attitude towards the world, it is the American voter who demands it of him.

That is a great analysis if you discount the effect of the constant war propaganda that has created the xenophobia in the first place. It seems like the US foreign policy is in a never ending loop where the military complex and its media wing  feed the people on constant war propaganda directed at any nation with resources they don't control. The voters in turn demand that their politicians buy more weapons from the military complex to protect them from evil.

And they call it democracy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68zccrskOqQ

NorthReport

Agreed JKR. Well said.

Of course it's a no-brainer the US haters would rather have Trump as US President to make the US look as bad as possible.   

kropotkin1951

NorthReport wrote:

Agreed JKR. Well said.

Of course it's a no-brainer the US haters would rather have Trump as US President to make the US look as bad as possible.   

Anti-imperialist's equal US haters. Duly noted you fascist apologist.

JKR

kropotkin1951 wrote:

So it is not Biden that is the source of the belligerent in your face attitude towards the world, it is the American voter who demands it of him.

That is a great analysis if you discount the effect of the constant war propaganda that has created the xenophobia in the first place. It seems like the US foreign policy is in a never ending loop where the military complex and its media wing  feed the people on constant war propaganda directed at any nation with resources they don't control. The voters in turn demand that their politicians buy more weapons from the military complex to protect them from evil.

And they call it democracy.

I basically agree with your analysis and would add that many Americans make a living off of the US military industrial complex which predisposes them to support it. So I think Biden should be judged for his saber shooting not his saber rattling. He should also be judged for how much he supports multilateralism. 

NDPP

Chris Hedges: Don't Be Fooled by Joe Biden

https://www.mintpressnews.com/chris-hedges-dont-be-fooled-joe-biden-amer...

"...Biden is the epitome of the empty, amoral creature produced by our system of legalized bribery. His long political career in Congress was defined by representing the interests of big business, especially the credit card companies based in Delaware. He was nicknamed Senator Credit Card. He has always glibly told the public what it wants to hear and then sold them out.

There is no good will in the Biden White House, the Congress, the courts, the media - which has become an echo chamber of the privileged classes - or corporate boardrooms. They are the enemy...And until we make them afraid, until a terrified Joe Biden and the oligarchy he serves look out on a sea of pitchforks, we will not blunt the culture of sadism they have engineered."

NDPP

Biden team may partner with private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online

https://archive.fo/r15nu

"The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that could draw criticism over surveillance of US citizens..."

NDPP

Swiss billionaire quietly becomes influential force among Democrats

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/03/us/politics/hansjorg-wyss-money-democ...

"Several officials from organizations started by Mr Wyss and his team worked on the Biden transition or joined the administration..."

 

Swiss billionaire reportedly helped Dems win 2020

https://youtu.be/hIX-9uP_gJI

"There are new reports that a Swiss billionaire quietly donated almost a quarter billion dollars to groups aligned with the Democratic party and its leaders, raising questions about the influence of so-called dark money in US politics..."

'But Putin's oligarchs!'

NDPP

Scott Ritter: US' new Foreign Malign Influence Center is just official cover for American intelligence interference in domestic politics

https://twitter.com/RealScottRitter/status/1387523087512457218

"As it is currently focused, the Foreign Malign Influence Center is the living, breathing embodiment of politicized intelligence, two words which, when put together, represent the death knell for any intelligence organization."

Every dark cloud has its silvery lining.

JKR

Biden Backs Waiving International Patent Protections For COVID-19 Vaccines; NPR; May 5, 2021

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President Biden threw his support behind a World Trade Organization proposal on Wednesday to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, clearing a hurdle for vaccine-strapped countries to manufacture their own vaccines even though the patents are privately held.

"This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures," U.S. trade representative Katherine Tai said in a statement.

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NDPP

Detente: The vital word missing from discourse on Russia and China

https://twitter.com/caitoz/status/1389925020709756933

"A recent 60 Minutes interview with Tony Blinken illustrates the way the concept of detente (the easing of hostilities between nations) is being deliberately hidden from public awareness..."

'The reality is that I simply do not consent to having my life, the life of everyone I love, and the life of everyone I share this planet with gambled on some idiotic American supremacist value that serves nobody but the powerful.'

JKR

Canada should back U.S. [President Biden's] efforts to reject austerity and the trickle-down scam; Rabble.ca; Linda McQuaig; May 6, 2021

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To the surprise of many, the mild-mannered U.S. President Joe Biden is making a daring bid to overturn much of the mean-spirited conservative economic agenda that's dominated America -- and the world -- since Reagan's presidency in the 1980s.

"Trickle-down has never worked," declared Biden in his address to Congress last week, as he rolled out a massive agenda that would drive a hole through the heart of Reaganomics and its small-government fetish (at least when it comes to government helping ordinary people).

Biden wants to spend $6 trillion on things that would significantly improve the lives of regular Americans -- family benefits, paid medical leave, free preschool and community college, infrastructure and green new jobs, enhanced rights for workers.

And he wants to pay for it by raising taxes on corporations and other high-fliers last seen buckled over laughing at how massively they've swindled the American people.

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In a potentially game-changing move, Biden is trying to enlist major nations (through the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) to support a global minimum tax, which corporations would be required to pay on their worldwide income, regardless of whether it was reported in a tax haven.

Washington is proposing a minimum rate of 21 per cent. So if a U.S. corporation reports income in a country where the corporate tax rate is 5 per cent, Washington would impose an additional tax to bring that corporation's tax rate up to 21 per cent. This would mean much higher taxes for corporate giants -- Amazon, Facebook, Google, etc. -- that make extensive use of tax havens.

International tax expert Gabriel Zucman says that if other countries follow the U.S. in policing their corporations this way "it's the end of tax havens."

Germany and France have pledged support for Biden's corporate minimum tax -- but not Canada.

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JKR

I think it says a lot that Linda McQuaig is very happy with Joe Biden's administration.

NorthReport

US-China Tensions Are Escalating. What Does That Mean for the Left?

The Biden administration’s surprisingly expansive domestic agenda, including its explicit support for unionization and collective bargaining, is highly suggestive. Indeed, it is perfectly consistent with a kind of “one-nation liberalism” reminiscent of the high Cold War, but with a contemporary twist. If John F. Kennedy told Americans to ask what they could do for their country, Biden is asking what the country can do for Americans. This is a shrewd assessment of the present moment, reflecting the unexpected adroitness of his presidency so far.

This does not, in any way, mean that the US left should welcome an aggressive policy toward China or embrace a politics of social imperialism. That would be a disaster. It would only exacerbate anti-Asian racism, betray internationalist principles, and legitimize the maintenance of an unconscionably massive military budget.

At the same time, the Left should not go beyond respect for China’s legitimate aspirations. We do not have to ignore, excuse, or support the actions of a repressive government because it calls its system “socialist.” The US left’s revival has been partially facilitated by the fact that we cannot plausibly be labeled as agents or sympathizers of a hostile foreign power. Throwing this advantage away would be a major self-inflicted wound.

During World War I, labor organizer and future Communist Party leader William Z. Foster supported Liberty Bond drives because the war was such a strong spur to unionization. Some will be tempted to take a similar approach to the great power conflicts of our own time. It will not be easy to take advantage of today’s potentially more favorable environment for domestic reform in a principled, anti-imperialist fashion. The first step is understanding the new terrain so we can keep our footing.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/05/us-china-tensions-the-left-biden-admi...

kropotkin1951

The most hostile foreign power anywhere on the globe is the US. This says it all about the introverted holier than thou American Exceptionalism of its "left." So the uptake is that to be left in America demands that you vilify all other forms of government, despite objective evidence that your own government is totally incapable of doing anything except waging war. I do agree that the left that I like in the US, which is anti-imperialist, does suffer from US voters being racist white supremacists who believe that they were granted the right to rule the world by their Founding Fathers and Christ. It is very hard to speak truth to the fact that most destructive and anti-human system on the planet is the American Empire.

The US left’s revival has been partially facilitated by the fact that we cannot plausibly be labeled as agents or sympathizers of a hostile foreign power. Throwing this advantage away would be a major self-inflicted wound.

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