[Marxism] Stan Goff, Bill Fletcher and the 2-party system
lajany_otum at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Oct 31 17:05:04 MST 2006
"Austin, Andrew" <austina at uwgb.edu> wrote:
> Louis, you should know that when it comes to matters
> of constitutional and international legal protections there
> is a difference between Republicans and Democrats,
> and that this difference is important to the basic human
> rights that some of us still have an interest in preserving.
> How you can treat matters of torture and loss of
> constitutional protections in such a flippant manner is a
> striking example of your increasing kneejerk shallowness
> in thinking about the issues of the day.
This "world of difference" would explain why the US senate
voted by unanimous consent to make the Patriot Act
"permanent" in 2005, and why the Military Commissions
Act of 2006, which tore up habeas corpus, was passed into
law with barely a whimper by the supposed parliamentary
opposition, a sizeable number of whom even crossed over
to support the Act.
The wall that Andrew imagines between US imperialism
and the shrinking sphere of legal protections of the rights
of the citizens of this state does not exist. A nation that
oppresses another forges its own chains -- and to the
extent that both wings of the ruling class support
indefinite colonial wars, so are they responsible for the
increasingly naked domestic repression that these wars
will inevitably engender.
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