[A-List] US imperialism, religion & market fundamentalism
annewilliamson at msn.con
Mon Mar 4 19:56:03 MST 2002
Does Sarah DIAMOND write about Israeli fascists too?
Or just neocon creeps like Bill KRISTOL? Or the Israeli
lobby that buys our Congress with the US taxpayer money
the same Congress pumps to Israel annually?
Course the Israelis are smart - they spread $100-$200 million
of the billions in US taxpayer funds they receive annually
around K Street, into the pockets of lawyers, lobbyists and
ALL pols on international and aid committees.
And does she comment on the Scofield Bible?
Just curious - A.
----- Original Message -----
From: Seth Sandronsky <ssandron at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 2:47 AM
Subject: Re: [A-List] US imperialism, religion & market fundamentalism
> An American author, Sara Diamond, has written extensively about
> in U.S. politics. I've read her Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movementns
> Political Power in the United States (1995, The Guilford Press, ISBN
> 0-89862-862-8), and recommend it to you and the A-List. While not a
> Marxist, Diamond offers useful analysis of the U.S., with a special focus
> the racist right, Christian Right and neo-conservatives generally.
> Seth Sandronsky
> From: "Keaney Michael" <Michael.Keaney at mbs.fi>
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> To: <a-list at lists.econ.utah.edu>
> Subject: [A-List] US imperialism, religion & market fundamentalism
> Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2002 17:37:36 +0200
> Let's quickly take a look at the FCC and their Chairman Mike Powell.
> To make matters worse, Michael Powell has stated on record that he has
> no concept of "the public interest." As far as he can tell, there is no
> such thing. He has arrogantly declared himself to be a market
> fundamentalist by stating "The Market Is My Religion." He also went on
> to say the following, mocking the American public, freedom, and
> democracy: "The night after I was sworn in, I waited for a visit from
> the angel of the public interest. I waited all night, but she did not
> come." Mike later added, "I still have had no divine awakening and no
> one has issued me my public interest crystal ball." He has even called
> laws that prevent all out media domination "the oppressor."
> Thomas Frank has a piece in the latest Le Monde Diplomatique in which he
> quotes Kenneth Lay's dual belief in Jesus and free markets. Indeed,
> theologian Lay said that Jesus wanted people to have choices. Meanwhile
> Jeffrey Skilling declared, shortly before resigning as Enron CEO, that
> "we're on the side of the angels".
> What happened to the Jesus who made it plain that one cannot serve both
> God and mammon?
> It appears that Dubya has not been a success during his visit to China.
> Apparently he could not wow the crowds as did Clinton a few years back.
> According to newspaper reports Clinton supposedly had the students
> spellbound on the subject of democracy (or was it that cigar?).
> Meanwhile Bush alienated his audience, including Jiang Zemin, by
> declaring that the US is a "nation based on faith". Believing in his
> ability to make things better for all would certainly require a lot of
> that, but there is a nasty sub-text to all this pious piffle that seems
> to emanate more freely from the White House and other US organs of state
> these days. Billy Graham's son, Franklin, happens to have a
> well-financed mission established in the south of Sudan, where, surprise
> surprise, oil reserves just happen to be attracting US corporate
> interests. The Bush administration marked its interests there very early
> when Colin Powell stated the US's interest in "bringing peace" to that
> country. The federal government is channelling money into "faith-based
> initiatives" that serve related ends under a cloak of charitable "good
> works." In many ways it's an extension of the pentecostalism that was
> imported to Latin America during the 1980s as a means of dislodging
> troublesome liberation theologians and their priestly advocates, as well
> as privatising social discontent by making it a matter of personal
> Deeper analysis of the employment of a particular variant of
> Christianity by the US state and its corporate backers would be useful.
> Clearly, there are potential fissures in any such coalition, as with the
> struggle over stem cell research legislation. But when it comes to
> "civilising" the "barbarians" (and thereby acquiring their assets on the
> cheap), it certainly serves its purpose.
> Seth Sandronsky
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