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I want to take the opportunity to note that if we are to free ourselves from the yoke of capitalist exploitation, a step that we must take is techological rather than strictly political: Block chain techology. The movement for self-sovereign identity, that is, the delivery of cybersecurity to billions of people, depends less upon facing down the classic view of capitalist industrial aggression (although that still counts big time, especially in the realm of exploitation of natural resources and the climate crisis), than it does on securing citizens' right to the safeguarding of their own data and identity. I would even go so far as to suggest that without wide application of block chain technology, democracy on this globe is impossible, and it should be noted that the EU is moving ahead with firm steps in this direction and being fought every step of the way by the most powerful and richest people in the world.

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Your view of Nixon’s restraint is contradicted by the fact that he began undermining the Allende regime from day one with a CIA team set first to break the economy and then to carry out the coup. What else he did I can’t cite…

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He did lots of things: carpet bombed North Vietnam too. But that doesn’t change the doctrinal shift from opposing all transitions to Communism and socialism, which every post war president had done up to that point, to selecting vital interests and pursuing them..

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More importantly, Nixon reopened dialogue with Russia and China, which required acknowledging and showing restraint around their vital,interests.

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Find this post as much a mush as your description of idealism v realism. To be clear the US has had a very steady policy for decades. It is all about hegemony, everyone else be damned! Subordinate your country to US interests or we will destroy you, period! Lots of marketing creating different masks but they all cover the same vile, autocratic goals. Violence is core to everything. War with military weaponry or economic terrorism. Now we are using bioweaponry with impunity. Isn't it time to stop playing word games trying to pretend what isn't is? The US has been destroying democratic principles from within and destoying other countries without. Obama was one of the biggest war mongers--7 wars of aggression that he maintained or started. He became the king of drone assassinations. He promised to protect whistleblowers and went after more of them than anyone else. Look at what he did to Julian Assange and Biden continues in this murderous tragedy. Not supporting Trump who would do nothing to protect our civil liberties but you mention these 2 centrist Democrats who are examples of massive marketing of lies. The Dems just do it with smiles and the GOP pushes the image of power. I think you need to re-evaluate what you do with the blatant information we are given in the public arena but stripping off the mask and looking at what is really happening.

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There is zero evidence that the US has delivered bioweapons to Ukraine--but my point in this post is that Biden is trying to establish another kind of principle for foreign policy. Whether it becomes concrete or not, we will see.

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We do have very different trust factors i think. The US is involved in at least 4 biotech/bio weapons labs in the Ukraine and has been for some years. I couldn't trust Biden as far as I can throw him any more than I did Trump whom I believe you did not either. Biden's presentation is all about marketing and mask wearing. Why is it only Americans, particularly white liberals want to trust him and the Centrist Dems. They have a long history of total betrayal of humanistic values and out civil rights while pretending otherw ise. And whether the US has given bioweaponry to Ukraine you seem to ignore the essence of my post.

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"Now we are using bioweaponry with impunity." What are your sources for this statement?

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You go, girl. Brilliant. Love the references to Williams. Footnote: Livingston, The World Turned Inside Out, ch. 6.

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Sep 21, 2022·edited Sep 21, 2022Author

So glad you like it Jim! And will check out the reference when I get back to my books :-)

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