The Other Bush Doctrine

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    I think it’s difficult to look at the US in the plutocratic Koch Bros./Citizens United era — to say nothing of its remaining, even more than 2 years after January 20, 2009, an era of Guantanamo and signing statements — and say that it is in fact continuing to pursue the ideals of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. For Americans to feel “more sure” that they are on the right track is a dangerous and undeservedly self-congratulatory delusion. Nor does the current prospect of a generation educated in schools from which all the teachers have been pink-slipped augur well for the country’s return to a better path in the future.

    According to Jacques Rancière, every state is oligarchic. He continues: “Strictly speaking, democracy is not a form of State. It is always beneath and beyond these forms. Beneath, insofar as it is the necessarily egalitarian, and necessarily forgotten, foundation of the oligarchic state. Beyond, insofar as it is the public activity that counteracts the tendency of every State to monopolize and depoliticize the public sphere. … Democracy is neither a form of government that allows oligarchies to rule in the name of the people, nor is it a form of society that governs the power of commodities. It is the action that constantly wrests the monopoly of public life from oligarchic governments, and the omnipotence over lives from the power of wealth.” (Emphasis added.) That action has recently been visible in some Middle Eastern countries. Not so in a billionaire-funded Tea Party. Nor in the deer-in-the-headlights inertia of a “left” that’s somewhere to the right of Richard Nixon.

    I am proud of the Egyptians (at least, for now and so long as they retain the peace with Israel, among other conditions); I am proud of America for many things; but it is the sheerest narcissism to suggest that Americans should be proud of themselves because the Egyptians & al. have somehow validated us.

  2. Jay Banks says:

    I heard that Bush could be compared to Harry S. Truman who also was in a very difficult position during his presidency and had to face a number of challenges many of which decreased his popularity but now he is considered as one of the most remarkable presidents not only in the US but also in Europe for his efforts to stop the spread of Communist ideas.