Terminally Dumb People

The Anti-Empire Report

Terminally-dumb people have always been with us of, course.  It can’t be that we’ve suddenly gone stupid.

If you shake your head and roll your eyes at the nonsense coming out of the Teaparty followers of Sarah “Africa is a country” Palin and other intellectual giants like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh … If you have thoughts of moving abroad after the latest silly lies and fantasies like “Obama the Marxist” and “Obama the antichrist” …  If you share Noam Chomsky’s feeling: “I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime” … keep in mind that the right wing has long been at least as stupid and as mean-spirited.  Consider some of the behavior of the same types for half a century during the Cold War with its beloved — albeit imaginary — “International Communist Conspiracy”.  

* 1948: The Pittsburgh Press published the names, addresses, and places of employment of about 1,000 citizens who had signed presidential-nominating petitions for former Vice President Henry Wallace, running under the Progressive Party.  This, and a number of other lists of “communists”, published in the mainstream media, resulted in people losing their jobs, being expelled from unions, having their children abused, being denied state welfare benefits, and suffering various other punishments.

Around 1950: The House Committee on Un-American Activities published a pamphlet, 100 Things You Should Know About Communism in the U.S.A.  This included information about what a communist takeover of the United States would mean:

Q: What would happen to my insurance?
A: It would go to the Communists.
Q: Would communism give me something better than I have now?
A: Not unless you are in a penitentiary serving a life sentence at hard labor.

* 1950s: Mrs. Ada White, member of the Indiana State Textbook Commission, believed that Robin Hood was a Communist and urged that books that told the Robin Hood story be banned from Indiana schools.

* As evidence that anti-communist mania was not limited to the lunatic fringe or conservative newspaper publishers, here is Clark Kerr, president of the University of California at Berkeley in a 1959 speech: “Perhaps 2 or even 20 million people have been killed in China by the new [communist] regime.”  One person wrote to Kerr: “I am wondering how you would judge a person who estimates the age of a passerby on the street as being ‘perhaps 2 or even 20 years old.’  Or what would you think of a physician who tells you to take ‘perhaps 2 or even twenty teaspoonsful of a remedy’?”

* Throughout the cold war, traffic in phoney Lenin quotes was brisk, each one passed around from one publication or speaker to another for years.  Here’s U.S. News and World Report in 1958 demonstrating communist duplicity by quoting Lenin: “Promises are like pie crusts, made to be broken.”  Secretary of State John Foster Dulles used it in a speech shortly afterward, one of many to do so during the cold war.  Lenin actually did use a very similar line, but he explicitly stated that he was quoting an English proverb (it comes from Jonathan Swift) and his purpose was to show the unreliability of the bourgeoisie, not of communists.

First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia, then we will encircle the United States, which will be the last bastion of capitalism.  We will not have to attack.  It will fall like an overripe fruit into our hands.

This Lenin “quotation” had the usual wide circulation, even winding up in the Congressional Record in 1962.  This was not simply a careless attribution; this was an out-and-out fabrication; an extensive search, including by the Library of Congress and the United States Information Agency failed to find its origin

* A favorite theme of the anti-communists was that a principal force behind drug trafficking was a communist plot to demoralize the United States.  Here’s a small sample:

Don Keller, District Attorney for San Diego County, California in 1953: “We know that more heroin is being produced south of the border than ever before and we are beginning to hear stories of financial backing by big shot Communists operating out of Mexico City.”

Henry Giordano, Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1964, interviewed in the American Legion Magazine:   

Interviewer: “I’ve been told that the communists are trying to flood our country with narcotics to weaken our moral and physical stamina.  Is that true?”

Giordano: “As far as the drugs are concerned, it’s true.  There’s a terrific flow of drugs coming out of Yunnan Province of China. … There’s no question that in that particular area this is the aim of the Red Chinese.  It should be apparent that if you could addict a population you would degrade a nation’s moral fiber.”

Fulton Lewis, Jr., prominent conservative radio broadcaster and newspaper columnist, 1965: “Narcotics of Cuban origin — marijuana, cocaine, opium, and heroin — are now peddled in big cities and tiny hamlets throughout this country.  Several Cubans arrested by the Los Angeles police have boasted they are communists.”

We were also told that along with drugs another tool of the commies to undermine America’s spirit was fluoridation of the water.

* Mickey Spillane was one of the most successful writers of the 1950s, selling millions of his anti-communist thriller mysteries.  Here is his hero, Mike Hammer, in One Lonely Night, boasting of his delight in the grisly murders he commits, all in the name of destroying a communist plot to steal atomic secrets.  After a night of carnage, the triumphant Hammer gloats, “I shot them in cold blood and enjoyed every minute of it.  I pumped slugs into the nastiest bunch of bastards you ever saw. … They were Commies. … Pretty soon what’s left of Russia and the slime that breeds there won’t be worth mentioning and I’m glad because I had a part in the killing.  God, but it was fun!”   

* 1952: A campaign against the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization because it was tainted with “atheism and communism” and was “subversive” because it preached internationalism.  Any attempt to introduce an international point of view in the schools was seen as undermining patriotism and loyalty to the United States.  A bill in the US Senate, clearly aimed at UNESCO, called for a ban on the funding of “any international agency that directly or indirectly promoted one-world government or world citizenship.”  There was also opposition to UNESCO’s association with the UN Declaration of Human Rights on the grounds that it was trying to replace the American Bill of Rights with a less liberty-giving covenant of human rights.

* 1955: A US Army 6-page pamphlet, How to Spot a Communist, informed us that a communist could be spotted by his predisposition to discuss civil rights, racial and religious discrimination, the immigration laws, anti-subversive legislation, curbs on unions, and peace.  Good Americans were advised to keep their ears stretched for such give-away terms as “chauvinism”, “book-burning”, “colonialism”, “demagogy”, “witch hunt”, “reactionary”, “progressive”, and “exploitation”.  Another “distinguishing mark” of “Communist language” was a “preference for long sentences.”  After some ridicule, the Army rescinded the pamphlet.

* 1958: The noted sportscaster Bill Stern (one of the heroes of my youth) observed on the radio that the lack of interest in “big time” football at New York University, City College of New York, Chicago, and Harvard “is due to the widespread acceptance of Communism at the universities.”

* 1960: US General Thomas Power speaking about nuclear war or a first strike by the US: “The whole idea is to kill the bastards!  At the end of the war, if there are two Americans and one Russian, we win!”  The response from one of those present was: “Well, you’d better make sure that they’re a man and a woman.”

* 1966: The Boys Club of America is, of course, wholesome and patriotic.  Imagine their horror when they were confused with the Dubois Clubs.  (W.E.B. Du Bois had been a very prominent civil rights activist.)  When the Justice Department required the DuBois Clubs to register as a Communist front group, good loyal Americans knew what to do.  They called up the Boys Club to announce that they would no longer contribute any money, or to threaten violence against them; and sure enough an explosion damaged the national headquarters of the youth group in San Francisco.  Then former Vice President Richard Nixon, who was national board chairman of the Boys Club, declared: “This is an almost classic example of Communist deception and duplicity.  The ‘DuBois Clubs’ are not unaware of the confusion they are causing among our supporters and among many other good citizens.” 

* 1966: Rhythm, Riots and Revolution: An Analysis of the Communist Use of Music, The Communist Master Music Plan by David A. Noebel, published by Christian Crusade Publications, (expanded version of 1965 pamphlet: Communism, Hypnotism and the Beatles).  Some chapters: Communist Use of Mind Warfare … Nature of Red Record Companies … Destructive Nature of Beatle Music … Communist Subversion of Folk Music … Folk Music and the Negro Revolution … Folk Music and the College Revolution

* 1968: William Calley, US Army Lieutenant, charged with overseeing the massacre of more than 100 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai in 1968, said some years later: “In all my years in the Army I was never taught that communists were human beings.  We were there to kill ideology carried by — I don’t know — pawns, blobs, pieces of flesh.  I was there to destroy communism.  We never conceived of old people, men, women, children, babies.”

* 1977: Scientists theorized that the earth’s protective ozone layer was being damaged by synthetic chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons.  The manufacturers and users of CFCs were not happy.  They made life difficult for the lead scientist.  The president of one aerosol manufacturing firm suggested that criticism of CFCs was “orchestrated by the Ministry of Disinformation of the KGB.”

* 1978: Life inside a California youth camp of the ultra anti-communist John Birch Society: Five hours each day of lectures on communism, Americanism and “The Conspiracy”; campers learned that the Soviet government had created a famine and spread a virus to kill a large number of citizens and make the rest of them more manageable; the famine led starving adults to eat their children; communist guerrillas in Southeast Asia jammed chopsticks into children’s ears, piercing their eardrums; American movies are all under the control of the Communists; the theme is always that capitalism is no better than communism; you can’t find a dictionary now that isn’t under communist influence; the communists are also taking over the Bibles.

* The Reagan administration declared that the Russians were spraying toxic chemicals over Laos, Cambodia and Afghanistan — the so-called “yellow rain” — and had caused more than ten thousand deaths by 1982 alone, (including, in Afghanistan, 3,042 deaths attributed to 47 separate incidents between the summer of 1979 and the summer of 1981, so precise was the information).  Secretary of State Alexander Haig was a prime dispenser of such stories, and President Reagan himself denounced the Soviet Union thusly more than 15 times in documents and speeches.  The “yellow rain”, it turned out, was pollen-laden feces dropped by huge swarms of honeybees flying far overhead.

* 1982: In commenting about sexual harassment in the Army, General John Crosby stated that the Army doesn’t care about soldiers’ social lives — “The basic purpose of the United States Army is to kill Russians,” he said.

* 1983: The US invasion of Grenada, the home of the Cuban ambassador is damaged and looted by American soldiers; on one wall is written “AA”, symbol of the 82nd Airborne Division; beside it the message: “Eat shit, commie faggot.” … “I want to fuck communism out of this little island,” says a marine, “and fuck it right back to Moscow.”

* 1984: During a sound check just before his weekly broadcast, President Reagan spoke these words into the microphone: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I have signed legislation to outlaw Russia, forever.  We begin bombing in five minutes.”  His words were picked up by at least two radio networks.

* 1985: October 29 BBC interview with Ronald Reagan: asked about the differences he saw between the US and Russia, the president replied: “I’m no linguist, but I’ve been told that in the Russian language there isn’t even a word for freedom.”  (The word is “svoboda”.)

* 1986: Soviet artists and cultural officials criticized Rambo-like American films as an expression of “anti-Russian phobia even more pathological than in the days of McCarthyism”.  Russian film-maker, Stanislav Rostofsky, claimed that on one visit to an American school “a young girl had trembled with fury when she heard I was from the Soviet Union, and said she hated Russians.”

* 1986: Roy Cohn, who achieved considerable fame and notoriety in the 1950s as an assistant to the communist-witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy, died, reportedly of AIDS.  Cohn, though homosexual, had denied that he was and had denounced such rumors as communist smears.

* 1986: After American journalist Nicholas Daniloff was arrested in Moscow for “spying” and held in custody for two weeks, New York Mayor, Edward Koch, sent a group of 10 visiting Soviet students storming out of City Hall in fury.  “The Soviet government is the pits,” said Koch, visibly shocking the students, ranging in age from 10 to 18 years.  One 14-year-old student was so outraged he declared: “I don’t want to stay in this house.  I want to go to the bus and go far away from this place.  The mayor is very rude.  We never had a worse welcome anywhere.”  As matters turned out, it appeared that Daniloff had not been completely pure when it came to his news gathering.

* 1989: After the infamous Chinese crackdown on dissenters in Tiananmen Square in June, the US news media was replete with reports that the governments of Nicaragua, Vietnam and Cuba had expressed their support of the Chinese leadership.  Said the Wall Street Journal: “Nicaragua, with Cuba and Vietnam, constituted  the only countries in the world to approve the Chinese Communists’ slaughter of the students in Tiananmen Square.”  But it was all someone’s fabrication; no such support had been expressed by any of the three governments.  At that time, as now, there were few, if any, organizations other than the CIA which could manipulate major Western media in such a manner.

NOTE: It should be remembered that the worst consequences of anti-communism were not those discussed above.  The worst consequences, the ultra-criminal consequences, were the abominable death, destruction, and violation of human rights that we know under various names: Vietnam, Chile, Korea, Guatemala, Cambodia, Indonesia, Brazil, Greece, Afghanistan, El Salvador, and many others. ((Sources for almost all of the first section can be found in William Blum, Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire (2005), chapter 12; or the author can be queried at moc.loanull@6mulbb.))

Anti-Communism, alive and well

Anti-communism continues to have a detrimental effect upon the intelligence and honesty of Americans.  In April, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, stated that the Castro brothers “do not want to see an end to the embargo and do not want to see normalization with the United States because they would then lose all the excuses for what hasn’t happened in Cuba in the last 50 years.” ((Agence France Presse, April 25, 2010.))

She doesn’t believe that herself.  But she thinks the rest or us are stupid enough to swallow it.  If she did believe it, she’d advocate normalization of US-Cuban relations just to stick it to the Castros and show them up for the frauds she says they are.  In effect the American Secretary of State declared that the central element of US Cuba policy for 50 years has done exactly the opposite of what it was intended to accomplish.  Washington, for all practical purposes, has been a loyal — if unwitting — ally of the Havana regime.

As to “what hasn’t happened in Cuba in the last 50 years” — to add to the mountain of other evidence of the benevolence of Cuban society we now have Save the Children’s “State of the World’s Mothers Report 2010“.  Save the Children, an internationally acclaimed children’s advocate organization, annually ranks the best and worst places to be a mother.  Amongst the 81 “Less Developed Countries” analyzed, Cuba is ranked number one; i.e., the best place to be a mother.  (Amongst the 43 “More Developed Countries” analyzed, the United States is ranked number 28.)

Cuban National Assembly president, Ricardo Alarcon, responded to Clinton’s statement by saying: “If she really thinks that the blockade benefits the Cuban government — which she wants to undermine — the solution is very simple: that they lift it even for a year to see whether it is in our interest or theirs.” ((Agence France Presse, April 25, 2010.))

Israel, US foreign policy and my video

Last month I sent out the video that I wrote the script for “Be nice to America.  Or we’ll bring democracy to your country.”

I, of course, received the usual right-wing frothing at the mouth, but I also heard from five or six people on the left who expressed political criticism of it, two of them asking to be removed from my mailing list. 

All of them were upset for the same reason –- the video makes no mention of Israel.  More to the point, it makes no mention of how Israel is the driving force behind [most? almost all? all?] US foreign interventions.  I sent each of my critics the following letter:

So, let me see if I have this right.  It’s because of Israel that the US:

** invaded Grenada in 1983
** tried to overthrow the government of Suriname in 1982-4
** overthrew the government of Fiji in 1987  
** invaded Panama in 1989
** overthrew the government of Afghanistan in the 1980s-90s
** suppressed the left in El Salvador 1980-92
** overthrew the government of Nicaragua in 1990
** supported the overthrow of Aristide in Haiti in 1991
** overthrew the government of Bulgaria in 1991
** overthrew the government of Albania in 1992
** invaded Somalia in 1993
** has supported the right-wing government of Colombia for the past 20 years
** bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days in 1999
** suppressed a leftist coup in Ecuador in 2000
** invaded Afghanistan in 2001
** has tried to destabilize the Chavez government in Venezuela for the past 10 years
** overthrew the government of Haiti in 2004

I received no reply from any of the comrades.

William Blum is the author of: Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2, Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir, Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire. He can be reached at: bblum6@aol.com. Read other articles by William, or visit William's website.

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  1. hayate said on May 13th, 2010 at 8:53am #

    “So, let me see if I have this right. It’s because of Israel that the US:”

    I wasn’t one of those who wrote Blum, in fact I thought the video excellent. But I do take exception to his claim israeli and zionist influence was not a factor in those american aggressions listed in his list.

    In that list of countries he listed that the usa attacked, I see no mention of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran or any other names of Mideast and western Asian countries the usa has attack (whether overtly or covertly), all of which were most certainly due to zionist and israeli influence. There is also no listing of the “color coups” in Eastern Europe and other regions. These are joint israeli, american and eu operations. One of the main players, soros, is a loyal israeli, and the israeli/zionist propaganda machine plays a huge role in these “soft” coups. Both in the countries under attack and through their zionist networks in the media and in political groups around the world.

    In the countries in his list, the zionist and israeli influence is not so much in attacking those countries, but in neutralising opposition at home to attacking those countries. It’s in the media, in the opposition movements, etc. They handle the propaganda and defuse opposition that may arise. Example, the zionists in media and political groups played a huge role in gaining public support for the nato balkanisation of Yugoslavia. They also keep congress in line so congress members vote “correctly” and keep silent about the barbarism. The israelis, and their rich zionist allies also greatly profited from many, if not all those, american attacks in Blum’s list, both indirectly and directly through business deals, etc.

    The zionists and isrealis are benefiting quite nicely from american attacks on Venezuela and are most certainly helping these attacks. Chavez is a very vocal supporter of the Palestinians and his influence, popularity and opposition to israeli apartheid and terrorism is a very large thorn in israel’s side in their relations with other Latin American countries.

    The zionists and israelis are also main players in the international illegal drug trade and american support for the narco-terrorists who run Colombia most certainly benefits the Jewish mafia and israeli elements are working there, and working with other right-wing drug barons throughout the region. Where the cia operates, so does the mossad and so do these drug mafias. Having Latin America, and it’s coke production under their thumb benefits the Jewish mafia as much as having Afghan heroin production under their thumb.

    Those are just some examples. The reality is that zionist and israeli influence in american affairs, be it for war mongering, country destablisations, economic warfare, whatever, is huge, and many times it’s the dominant influence, and it’s always there taking their piece of the action. Nothing the american guv does is without zionist and israeli influence.

  2. Rehmat said on May 13th, 2010 at 9:55am #

    The Canadian war correspondent, Eric Margolis, in his latest book, American Raj: Liberation or Dominatio, exposes the current colonial power which uses NATO and foreign soldiers to fight its wars in the Muslim countries, from Balkans to Iran and Pakistan. Eric begins with the struggle of Muslims to get independence from over 150 years of western colonialism (Turkey and Afghanistan were the only two Muslim nation-states which were not occupied by the western colonial powers during 19th-20th century). Then he discusses the Palestinian problem created by the western leaders. His views on western-created instablity in Muslim lands, such as, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kosova, Bosnia and Lebanon are worth reading.

    Eric Margolis lauds both Islamic Resistance groups Hizb’Allah and Hamas by saying that these two organization distinguish themselves from Arab governments by establishing a reputation for honesty and public service: “After the highly destructive Israeli bombing in the brief 2006 war, Hezbollah astounded everyone by swiftly setting about rebuilding of shattered buildings and bridges, cleaning up rubble and caring for homeless civilians while in the US-backed regime in Beirut dithered and did nothing.”

    Regarding Israel Lobby, Eric Margolis points out that for the last 50 year it has dominated US foreign policy especially in the Middle East and the Muslim world and it exercises a veto power over it. It’s so powerful and is feared so much by the American politicians that “no one in Washington cared or dared to stand up to the Israel Lobby”. In two videos below, Eric Margolis tells how Israel and its lobby groups in the US have successfuly fabricated lies about Tehran’s nuclear program and the terrorism in Pakistan. Eric exposes the immoral nature of western leaders when it comes to demonization of the world leaders who refuse to submit to western dominance. Zionists are not the only idiots who have called Dr. Ahmadinejad “Hitler”, “Holocaust denier” or “a self-hating Jew”. He cites Winston Churchill, who had dismissed Mahatma Gandhi’s rejection of a Jewish state in Palestine – by calling the later “a half-naked fakir (beggar)”.

    Eric Margolis wrote that Russian war on the independent state of Chechnya was secretly funded by cash from Washington laundered through a number of Russian underworld businesses (Jewish mafia). He cites Bill Clinton calling Yeltsin as “Abraham Lincoln”. He calls Serbian and Croatian military operations against Bosnian Muslims – genocide according to United Nations’ definition.

    Eric Margolis doesn’t seem to agree with official story of the 9/11. An Angus Reid Global Monitor poll taken in October 2006 showed that 84% of Americans believe that Washington is not telling the truth about 9/11.

    On Islamic Repuplic, Eric Margolis criticizes the western double standards. He says that (pro-Iranian) Iraqi Shias who fought against US occupation army were labeled by Washington as terrorists – whereas the Marxists and anti-Islamists who staged attacks inside Iran are legitimate anti-government forces. Eric reminds his readers that IAEA has carried out 2,700 snap inspections in Iran and found no evidence of a nuclear weapon program. He refers to the fact that Washington keep repeating that Iran has no need for nuclear power to generate enegy and yet during Ford administration Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz negotiated the sale of over 20 nuclear reactors to the Shah of Iran. Eric says that the Islamic Republic has more need for nuclear arsenal for self-defense than Britain, France or Israel which are under the US nuclear umbrella. Furthermore, the Islamic Republic’s neighbors India, Pakistan, China, Russia and Israel – all have stockpiles of nuclear bombs.


  3. MichaelKenny said on May 13th, 2010 at 10:36am #

    Anti-Empire my foot! This is just the classic American Empire propaganda line: the Empire is omnipotent, invincible and eternal! Of course, if Mr Blum claims that the US can make and break governments at will, why has it not overthrown Castro? Why, if it really did “overthrow” the governments of, for example, Bulgaria and Albania in 1991/2, did it not also overthrow the government of Cuba at the same time? What was stopping it? The Soviet Union was gone. And doesn’t that mean, according to Mr Blum’s logic, that any government that isn’t overthrown, Cuba, for example, is an American stooge? Moreover, if the US really did “overthrow” the governments of Bulgaria and Albania, why did the people of those countries not resist, in the way the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan have resisted? As Mr Blum says, terminally dumb people have always been with us, of course, but it can’t be that we’ve suddenly gone stupid!

  4. hayate said on May 13th, 2010 at 11:05am #

    While I didn’t agree with Blum’s assessment of israeli influence at the end, the rest of his article was right on the money. Stupidity is as american as apple pie. Especially among the right-wingers, as kenny so conveniently demonstrates. 😀

  5. Don Hawkins said on May 13th, 2010 at 11:49am #

    Your in big trouble Blum and come to think of it we all are.

  6. dan e said on May 13th, 2010 at 12:37pm #

    Hayate gets the nod for the best writing on this thread. I continue to be impressed by his ability to sort through and find the most significant points. But I’d have been happier if he’d quit while ahead.
    Yes, Blum’s rehearsing of Cold War-era stupidities was entertaining, probably informative too if you weren’t around when main boogeyman was Godless Comminism instead of “Islamo-Fascism” (sic) as currently. But what point was Blum making, other than reciting some history?
    Seems to me his argument is that we shouldn’t get too excited about the current fascistoid upswelling exemplified by Teabaggery & Mrs Palin, since this is all old stuff we’ve seen before.
    As one who was around during the Churchill/Truman/McCarthy/HUAC redscare, who knew people who lost jobs & suffered in other ways, I’m pleased to see the reality of those days recounted. I would have been more pleased if Blum had paid a little attention to the Jim Crow aspect

  7. dan e said on May 13th, 2010 at 12:50pm #

    resuming after PC malfunction: …Jim Crow aspect of that repressive reality.
    However I feel shortchanged by Mr Blum’s title. I opened his article expecting to see some perspicacious dissection of the Teabag/Palin ideology, something about the mechanics of the Scapegoating tactic by which the top one percent by wealth/income manage dissatisfaction among the middle seventy/eighty pct of the US public.
    So I’m sorry, much as I admire Hayate’s work here on DV over recent months, I have to disagree: I don’t think Blum’s article deserves to be called “right on”.
    Neither do I agree with his impulse to be nice to Michael Kenny, since MK as usual tries to distort what Blum said into MK’s favorite strawman.
    That said, I remain most impressed with Hayate’s first comment, and with his overall take on political reality.

  8. hayate said on May 13th, 2010 at 2:24pm #

    I was being “nice” to kenny? You sure?

    As for Blum’s description of the dummies, one cant include every dummy in a short essay. I would hazard a guess jim crows would be right up there with the follower of the closet case, mccarthy.

    But cheers for the compliment. 😀

  9. hayate said on May 13th, 2010 at 2:27pm #

    The middle part of that came out rather garbled. Should be:

    I would hazard a guess Blum would consider the jim crows to be right up there (or better put, down there) with the followers of that closet case, joe mccarthy.

  10. bozh said on May 13th, 2010 at 4:00pm #

    Americans think like all asocialists. They just, like ancient sumerians, and their emulators in babylon, assyria, greece, rome, russia, UK, germany, italy, and elsewhere want to grab as much land as they can and divide people as much as they can into classfull societies.
    Severity or degree of such divisions dependending on time and other conditions.
    But in-thoughts they are virtually the same. Thus, i have concluded long time ago that none of these peoples are stupid.
    Nor i look at americans, its system of rule, as a specialty and novelty.

    I evaluate as factual that we only have available two structures of society: a classful one; with two top classes or 10% of pop controlling utterly police, spy agencies, and armed forces [both ‘private’ and reg’r], schooling, money, etc. and a classful society with minimal division or differences btwn them; with all people participating in the governing. [ ?equally]

    India appears as an epitome of an asocialistic society. That’s also an evil empire exacerbates the sit’n for many of her people and peoples.

    Nevertheless, 98% of americans reject a priori a social structure of society.
    I say a priori; i.e., before tasting it, because as of yet we do not have a socialist state on earth.
    One cannot have socialism in, let’s say, in venezuella with vast number of fascists [asocialists] in the country; who are also richer than most other people.

    And, of course, we cannot have asocialism w.o. asocialists. Even today asocialists in US seem to out number socialists by a ratio of 99 to one.
    This is the sole reason why there is free speech in US and not in china. It seems, china cannot support financially or otherwise american socialists or communists but euro-american world can with impunity assists asocialists in cuba, china, venezuella and that way try to destroy building a socialist structures of societies in those lands and empires.

    Of course, chinese imperialism militates against it. But i can’t blame it for keeping tibet in view that asocialists wld attempt to attack china one day. Asocialists are already approaching china wall! It is a matter to be or not to be! tnx

  11. Deadbeat said on May 13th, 2010 at 5:01pm #

    hayate’s response to Blum’s challenge was excellent and on the mark. It is regrettable that this level of denial towards Zionism’s influence on the United States is coming from the supposed “Left” which as hayate correct points out that results in defusing any real confrontations, challenges, and critiques.

  12. siamdave said on May 13th, 2010 at 8:40pm #

    More than the average bear might want to know about ‘terminal stupidity’ can be found in a perusal of What Happened? http://www.rudemacedon.ca/what-happened.html . This is about Canada, but the same principles apply everywhere. According to what one reads in the news, every western country is allowing private banks to create our money, then loan us that money at interest, and then claim the wealth of these countries as produced by the real workers when the interest payments cannot be met – which, of course, is a guaranteed scenario when you borrow X dollars, and then have to pay back X+something every year, compounded for good measure. Utter lunacy, at least for the hayseeds – sure a great game for the bankers. I remain amazed so few people refuse to get clued in about this – it’s really a pretty simple scam – but the devastation is massive. Kind of like the cows I used to see in the old days after they’d been bashed on the head with a sledgehammer – they knew something wasn’t quite right as the farmer led them off to the slaughterhouse, but were too stunned to do anything about it. Very terminal in that case – refusing to get clued in about money is proving just as terminal in the early 21st century final act of western “civilization”.

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 14th, 2010 at 3:19am #

    The secret to understanding the Rightwing is to forget labels that express nothing but the seating arrangements at long forgotten French assemblies. The entity that we call ‘Rightwing ideology’ is best understood in pathopsychological terms. The Right is, in fact, that fraction of humanity that tends to the psychic characteristics known colloquially as that of the psychopath, or sociopath.
    This type, which dominates the world through various mechanisms, such as their leading ideology, market capitalism, and through associated world-views including most organised religions, basically hates other people.They also hate one another, but collaborate to exploit and brutalise the majority that they detest. These manifestations, classically described as lack of empathy,indifference to the fate of others, gigantic egotism, ready recourse to violence and lying without conscience, are distributed unevenly, along a continuum.For every florid psychopath, like Dubya or Obummer, who get their jollies from killing children with Hellfire missiles fired from drones, then joke about it at piss-ups, you have many others who just go along because they have been brainwashed to accept that contempt for others is a sign of being a ‘winner’.
    In the world of Rightwing psychopathology policy is always punitive and vindictive. Social welfare, hard won through a century of struggle by the sane portion of humanity who detest seeing unnecessary suffering and want, has ruthlessly and inexorably been destroyed over the last few decades by the psychopaths who enjoy others’ suffering and would rather see the money go to them as reward for their innate superiority in the noble arts of avarice and kleptomania. The psychopaths entertain themselves by inventing Orwellian terms for their cruelty, such as ‘tough love’ where, just as Big Brother said, ‘Hate is Love’.
    The Rightwing psychopath is fuelled by hatred. Whether racism, xenophobia, sectarian hatred,misogyny, homophobia, class hatred or that new invention,inter-generational hatred, the Rightist wakes every morning to a new opportunity to put his antipathies, the existential fuel of his life, into action. Basically the Rightist, who fears and dreads death so much, as the absolute affront to his egomania, in reaction despises life and the natural world that goes on, uninterested in his grand delusions of cosmic significance. The detestation of life outside one’s own existence is manifest most starkly in ecological destruction, that the Right pursues with manic determination, hateful both of life and of that existence that will go on after their death. The greatest manifestation of this omnicidal tendency must surely be the Right’s current obsession with environmental denialism,of anthropogenic climate change principally, but also of every other ecological catastrophe. While many denialists are ignorant, vicious, ignoramuses, the type Dunning and Kruger described, the Rightwing controllers know precisely where the truth lies, but they so despise life outside their own hypertrophied egos, that they are willingly pursuing global collapse.
    The dominance of the Right in politics sees sham, no choice,’democracy’ proliferating, with real power in the hands of the money power. It sees growing global inequality, absolute Rightist dominance of the mass media, and a global war of extermination in a new age of imperialist and colonialist bloodletting. And it sees ecological collapse occuring now, and presaging the end of humanity. As long as the psychopathic Right dominates global society the end of humanity cannot be averted. The Rightwing ideology that hates life and other people, that is insatiably greedy in a vain attempt to compensate for inner emptiness and that detests the future because then they will not exist, has crafted an ideology and modus operandi,market capitalism, that rewards their sort of evil, homicidal and suicidal behaviour, and represses all other human behaviours, preferably murderously. It has caused a toxic type of negative evolution where survival and the passing on of one’s genes is not the mark of fitness, but viciousness, greed and cruelty.

  14. Don Hawkins said on May 14th, 2010 at 4:38am #

    Wow Mulga it does appear what you just wrote is the truth. Now to remember this longer than 15 minutes could help in the fight. Calm at peace they are the few and we the many and it will take a lot of us. Remember here in the States the climate bill a joke on the human race all of us and only a few are controlling this foolishness. Longer than 15 mnutes.

  15. Don Hawkins said on May 14th, 2010 at 5:11am #

    Last night on Fox new’s old Glenn Beck talked about the very thing Mulga just wrote in his above comment and acted like what he was saying was great wisdom and knowledge. In reality nothing but foolishness pure crap. This is not a game people it’s about the whole ball game the off to Hawaii crowd with the gold so to speak and those of us who need a new way of thinking a real try at survival. Longer than 15 minutes.

  16. mary said on May 14th, 2010 at 6:30am #

    Speaking of Glenn Beck and just for fun….


    Q. Why do all these men shout at the top of their voices? Is it just the ones on TV or do all American males do it?

  17. Don Hawkins said on May 14th, 2010 at 6:58am #

    Mary that youtube was great and lewis is great funny Beck not so much.

  18. bozh said on May 14th, 2010 at 7:12am #

    Another simplicity: civilized world in mesopotamia ended ca 10 k yrs ago. For germanics and slavs, it ended ca 2-3 k yrs ago. Sumerians, akkadians, and chaldeans wer highly civilized at one time.

    I am not sure that also germans and slavs have not lost their respective idyllic structures of society even earlier.

    Indigenes of n. america lost their civilization just some 400 k yrs ago. How ab canad`n indigenes. Any imput? Last time i heard some of them are becoming gangsters also!
    Since i self am married, proves that i am not civilized; marriage being a form of slavery.
    But my wife, seeing my sadness ab this, promoted me from husband to boy friend. That`s our first baby step back to civilization. tnx

  19. Roger Tucker said on May 14th, 2010 at 3:16pm #

    Mr. Blum, one has to assume, is a Zionist, a Zionist of a particular type – “progressive,” “left-wing,” etc. etc. As is the case with all who suffer this particular disorder, they lambaste all manifestations of right-wing fascism except the most obvious one, the very large blue and white one sitting smack in the middle of their living room.

    For numerous examples of Zionist complicity, if not authoring of, most American atrocities against humanity and human decency in the last 60 years, I invite you to visit and browse around my website, One Democratic State, at

    Roger Tucker

  20. Max Shields said on May 14th, 2010 at 5:02pm #

    Mr Tucker while I strongly applaud your sensibility regarding a one-state solution, the only viable and just solution for the region, I would not be so quick in calling Blum a Zionist as we designate that term today.

    I don’t think one has to forcefully come out against Israel and Zionism in every article they pen. However there does seem to be this sense that if the United States is called an empire and the person doing the calling is Jewish, than it must somehow be to shift the light away from Israel – and hence the person in question is a certain kind of Zionist – a left leaning Zionist. Perhaps, perhaps not. But regardless, it does not diminish the arguments made regarding the US.

    The US is clearly by any definition an empire, and an imperial, aggressive empire. The little genocidal place called Israel has its own role in and out of this empire, but the US empire existed long before Zionism, let alone Israel.

  21. bozh said on May 14th, 2010 at 5:30pm #

    Yes, US is using any trouble maker not just israel. But the trouble maker in much, too much, trouble is more than willing to serve US interest.
    There is just so much evidence that leads to the conclusion that US is [ab]using israel.
    As Max says, it had been an empire -and i add as murderous land grabbing as any] for at least two centuries.
    Then, cia is much larger and better financed. Army, too. US has ab 700 bases. US is supported by just ab every european land + parts of asia, s.america, and africa.
    As i have pointed out, israel cldn’t manufacture a spoon w.o. american help, let alone tanks, missiles, etc.
    And most americans are not in love with dark-skinned shemites, latins, or blacks or nay pristine darkies. tnx

  22. Deadbeat said on May 14th, 2010 at 8:10pm #

    bozh writes …

    As i have pointed out, israel cldn’t manufacture a spoon w.o. american help, let alone tanks, missiles, etc.

    But Israel alone is NOT what makes Zionism — Zionism. Israel is what brings Jews together around Zionism. Zionism is like any racist ideology whose goal is domination and power. The key issue is Zionism’s use of the U.S. empire to achieve those goals. It is that key aspect that Blum and the Chomskyites are in denial of.

  23. GLloyd Rowsey said on May 15th, 2010 at 4:56am #

    Thank you for this report, Mr. Blum.

    I’ve been re-reading William Schneiderman’s “Dissent on Trial – The Story of a Political Life (Forward by Harry Bridges, MEP Publications, 1983)” – a wonderful paperback.

    When I joined Gus Hall’s outfit in the SF Bay Area (with impeccable timing) in 1989, I was still addicted to alcohol; and Bill Schneiderman’s wife, the chairman of the Northern California (or Bay Area? or East Bay?) CPUSA told me I could carry a card and pay dues but didn’t have to come to the meetings, and she hoped I would review one of Chomsky’s books for The Daily Worker. I attended one or two meetings and re-read Necessary Illusions. But I concluded Chomsky’s heart was so much in the right place, I couldn’t apply an orthodox Daily Worker critique to the book.

    And by 1990 or 1991 I drifted away and lost my card, or threw it away.

    Your overview of the enormous history of which my experience was a tiny, tiny slice is a joy to read. At the end of the one CPUSA meeting I remember attending, in Oakland or Berkeley, we all stood and sang the Marseillaise at the end, and I left immediately to conceal the tears in my eyes. To have been even a tiny, tiny part of that history of courage, resistance, brotherhood, and commitment still inspires me.

  24. mary said on May 15th, 2010 at 5:46am #

    The version of this article on Counterpunch is truncated. The two final segments entitled Anti Communism… and Israel, US Foreign Policy… and the video are not included. Why is that? Can we be told Mr Blum please.


  25. landshark said on May 16th, 2010 at 5:57am #

    If the “International Communist Conspiracy” was imaginary please explain the COMINTERN.

  26. Max Shields said on May 16th, 2010 at 11:14am #

    Mary, what is your point? Blum provided something here who cares what’s on Counterpunch.

    Blum ends his listing of all the things the US empire has done on it’s own with no response, and here we read the same. Where are the cogent counter argument to Blum’s point? If point out the atrocities of the US empire is somehow Zionistic, well it would appear the burden of proof lies with those who would make such claims.

    Picking and poking doesn’t call it like it is. It begs the question, what is your agenda?

    I’ve yet to read one single post from the likes of Deadbeat that shows resolve in solutions regarding the wretched state of Israel. Just a lot of banter and name calling.

  27. Max Shields said on May 16th, 2010 at 11:19am #

    For the hundredth time, and for the record: I think the only solution is a single regional solution that would eliminate the state of Israel and leave a diverse people, mostly Arab/Palestinian to inhabit that area in the Middle East. This is contrary to Chomsky.

    Deadbeat what is your answer? Or are you going to do your usual hide and seek game of diverting the conversation into diatribe on Chomskyites and Zionists of varying flavors. No solutons.

  28. bozh said on May 16th, 2010 at 12:14pm #

    that bit ab spoon making, is, of course, deliberate huge exaggeration. I am trying to get people to see palestine for what it is now or was even 4,5, 6 k yrs ago, when even canaanites were leaving it for greener pastures of mesopotamia and thus shemitized sumerians, akkadians, chaldeans, and assyrians: it’s wretch of a region.

    If i may say, non-elementalistic thinking [that nothing exists in total isolation from all other events] wld instantly tell u that zionism sans single quotes potrays it as existing per se; totally isolated from everything else.

    But ‘zionism’ [under single quotes] jars the memory and one instantly recalls that it is connected with everything else, but particularly with panhuman robbing people of their lands and murdering, expelling, or subjugating them.

    So ‘jewish’ land robbery is vigourously supported by all land or wld-be land robbers. It is all one skein of woool!
    As my wife says, What’s zionism? Add to this another 3bn women and another 3bn men asking that question and we are in in a bit of a pickle.

    Nothing is more holy to americans than their system; subsuming actors, WH, constitution, judiciary, cia, fbi, ‘laws’, etc.
    Thus, if ‘zionists’, both the ‘jews’ and non-jews control US, it is happening in that holy of holies: the system!
    It is the american way; as american as apple pie. And as long the system remains, nothing can occur in US that the system wld not allow. And not only allow, but consider it sacrosant!

    ‘Zionism’ also reveals its false to fact symbolic value that it is an ideology; in fact it is just stealing and murdering. Well, anyhow, some of us use the single quotes to indicate a fictive value of that symbol.
    And we are a symbolic class of life and proper symbolism leads to much greater

    Of course, priests, pols, and media people use the language as weapon and not as one of our greatest tools! tnx

  29. bozh said on May 16th, 2010 at 12:34pm #

    I, too, am for a one binat’l or shemitic state. Chomsky is now for one state solution.
    But omits the most important fact: two state solution can be obtained only by a war. He, self, had asserted this in one of his books written 20-30 yrs ago.
    Which means he had been dishonest with us all that time and is dishonest now because he’s selling us once again the same snake oil.

    Lately i have been told that a number of ‘jews’ are also for one state solution. I think that most shemites- of jewish and muslim faith- wld go, once well -educated, for one state solution. It is mostly a matter of giving people facts and conclusions based on those facts. But US needs all of the trouble makers. tnx

  30. Deadbeat said on May 16th, 2010 at 1:00pm #

    Max Sheild writes …

    for the record: I think the only solution is a single regional solution that would eliminate the state of Israel … This is contrary to Chomsky. Deadbeat what is your answer?

    Max your hyperbole and your weak attempt at DIVERSION doesn’t erase what I’ve been saying here long before your arrival. ZIONISM is the problem and while Zionism is reflected in the state of Israel it is NOT LIMITED TO Israel. If Zionism is NOT CONFRONTED then for one there will never be a one-state solution and confronting Zionism as we know is contrary to Chomsky and apparently also to Max Shields.

  31. Hue Longer said on May 16th, 2010 at 2:00pm #

    1948 comes around and all a sudden people fighting a good fight are Zionists for not prefacing every thought with disdain for Israel?

    Why start at 1948? Let’s call Joe Hill a Zionist…and if his concerns over capitalism were all orchestrated by pre-Israel Zionists belonging to banker families, I’m all open to hearing about it.

  32. lichen said on May 16th, 2010 at 4:05pm #

    Good post, Hue. It is both ridiculous and disgusting the way american nationalists come on here and try to absolve their war criminal political leaders of the responsibility for the murderous actions of their empire by claiming that a small client state, israel, is actually the one responsible. No, it is the US, and those stateside that are rabidly anticommunist and commit crimes against humanity should be prosecuted; the subject of israel is 100% separate, regardless of what the apolitical do-nothing fanatics here say.

  33. Hue Longer said on May 16th, 2010 at 5:31pm #


    Thanks but I’m not that definite on everything…my gripe is that some of these guys are without offering something to justify what looks their monomaniacalism. If US power has changed hands in and out of different spheres and complex games or organic growths why the singular fascination? If on the other hand the argument is that Empirical hegemony would somehow disappear once the cancer (hell, my word-not just theirs) of Zionism were gone or never existed, I want details instead of suggestive cryptic begging ending in accusations of straw-man. I’m here to learn (and have from everyone, thanks)

    My guess is that whether it was a group of Dutchmen not belonging to secret society or a deceitful gathering of under market traders existing off religious exclusivity, that bad shit can still be discussed without a need to look under every rock for a magic newt, because the shit stinks either way and keeping the eye on the prize is just as important for admiring good reasoning as it is bad.

    Having said that? Zionism is some very tricky stuff which appears to certainly have huge influence on propaganda which backs US Empirialist history….however not sure we may be missing some irony with those who claim to be against it here. I have found the only topic here that doesn’t get torched for not mentioning Zionism is Father’s rights in custody battles. Climate change bumper sticker musing? Fair game! Have you talked about Zionism to your kids today?

  34. Deadbeat said on May 16th, 2010 at 6:13pm #

    lichen writes …
    No, it is the US, and those stateside that are rabidly anticommunist and commit crimes against humanity should be prosecuted; the subject of israel is 100% separate, regardless of what the apolitical do-nothing fanatics here say.

    Hue Longer writes …
    I have found the only topic here that doesn’t get torched for not mentioning Zionism is Father’s rights in custody battles.

    Let’s see what we have here. The critique offered by hayate was in reference to the following challenge by William Blum …
    I sent each of my critics the following letter: So, let me see if I have this right. It’s because of Israel that the US: List of U.S. actions followed by… I received no reply from any of the comrades.

    It is apparent by the aforementioned remarks that there is a real need to deny the influence that Zionism has on U.S. militarism and the overall political economy. What these deniers miss is that Zionism is the WEAKEST of and easiest to confront. Unfortunately they seem to defensively equate Zionism to Judaism and by doing so are extremely squeamish to confront Zionism for that false reason. Now if this was White supremacist racism like what’s occurring in Arizona then their positions would be more honest and rational.

    The critique of Blum’s position is for his failing to analysis Zionism as manifested IN THE UNITED STATES and how this ideology has come to intertwined itself today with the maintenance of not only of Israel but the whole military industrial apparatus. Or as James Petras labels the Zionist Power Configuration (ZPC).

  35. Max Shields said on May 16th, 2010 at 7:33pm #

    Deadbeat what of these is the result of Zionism? Please tell us. And while your at it how do you plan to eliminate Zionism – by posting here?

    ** invaded Grenada in 1983
    ** tried to overthrow the government of Suriname in 1982-4
    ** overthrew the government of Fiji in 1987
    ** invaded Panama in 1989
    ** overthrew the government of Afghanistan in the 1980s-90s
    ** suppressed the left in El Salvador 1980-92
    ** overthrew the government of Nicaragua in 1990
    ** supported the overthrow of Aristide in Haiti in 1991
    ** overthrew the government of Bulgaria in 1991
    ** overthrew the government of Albania in 1992
    ** invaded Somalia in 1993
    ** has supported the right-wing government of Colombia for the past 20 years
    ** bombed Yugoslavia for 78 days in 1999
    ** suppressed a leftist coup in Ecuador in 2000
    ** invaded Afghanistan in 2001
    ** has tried to destabilize the Chavez government in Venezuela for the past 10 years
    ** overthrew the government of Haiti in 2004

  36. Hue Longer said on May 16th, 2010 at 7:39pm #


    How does this sound?

    It is apparent by your remarks (amazing you took that from what I said!) that you are a Zionist working to make any would be Anti Zionist also look a functional illiterate zealot; Mebosa and John S are scolded daily by your betters referencing your efforts.

    Really that argument is better than your zany offerings but my guess is that you are a genuine anti Zionist functionally illiterate zealot unknowingly making others cringe as you demand an obligatory renouncing from every author in every submission.

    It doesn’t matter that Blum made mention of these things int his piece….You were just as loud when he didn’t

    Anyways…I love a lot of the research you do despite it’s unintended effects…keep up the great work

  37. Max Shields said on May 16th, 2010 at 7:53pm #

    The issue is proportionality. And it is missing whenever posters harp on one strain of imperialism over another.

    Blum has been pretty consistent in bringing to bare the proportional role of Zionism in the world today. Nothing I’ve read of his would lead one to think him a lacky for Zionism – to the contrary.

    Deadbeats dear Petras posts frequently here and there are occasions when his analysis does not include the word – Zionism or its variations.

  38. mary said on May 16th, 2010 at 11:44pm #


    What have you got to say now Mr Shields?

  39. GLloyd Rowsey said on May 17th, 2010 at 4:29am #

    By their enemies shall ye know them, mary. However much Chomsky is charged by wingnuts as being pro-militant-Israel, he is not. And the man is getting old. I hope he lives longer than Bertrand Russell, but I hope even more that DV is not caught unprepared when he dies.


  40. bozh said on May 17th, 2010 at 6:06am #

    Correction: Chomsky is for a two state solution and not one as i have stated in my post on this p. tnx