im another privileged white male 1st world socialist and a grump
Despite these movements, the states of the Arabian Peninsula were generally able to avoid problems of labor militancy by importing a foreign labor force. Foreigners make up 82% of Kuwait’s labor force, nearly 90% of the UAE’s (87% of them from Asia), and 60% of Bahrain’s. Saudi Arabia has between six and seven million foreign workers out of a population of 24 million. In Oman foreigners account for 68% of the workforce in non-oil-producing companies. Workers are not permitted to strike or engage in collective bargaining; neither trade unions nor any other form of workers’ organisation is allowed to exist. Sandra Halperlin, The Post-Cold War Political Topography of the Middle East (via thestolencaryatid)
So let me get this straight:
In a conflict that has killed 100,000 people by conventional means, the fact that it is presumed 150 have died by chemical weapons is the imaginary line of decency that has been crossed, and it is now ‘morally right’ to heavily arm one side with, erm, conventional weapons…
it’s as if some marxists think capitalism is a monolith, a unity. we should start using the -s ending. it’s capitalisms.
It also, in my opinion, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how class is produced, of class struggle.
It seems like they operate from the assumption that the bourgeoisie is a historical a priori category, rather than something formed by class struggle within the context of capitalism(s).
As Ellsberg said at a talk we went to yesterday, we don’t yet live under a complete police-state tyranny, but we are now merely a turn key away from it. All of the legal & constitutional protections that have served as a buffer between our military industrial complex & our populous have been systematically eliminated under the last two administrations. Obama & Bush have tag teamed this process - and using the ‘good cop, bad cop’ nonsense of our two party system, they have done it with majority support from their political followers consecutively. First the neo-cons defended Bush, then the neo-liberal Democrats defended Obama. Both are sickening. Both are evil. Blind support for Obama is so painfully destructive & SHAMEFUL!!!