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who’s going to be the lesser-evil in 2012?

August 14, 2012

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This 1967 article might as well be titled, “Who’s going to be the lesser-evil in 2012?”:

Who’s going to be the lesser-evil in 1968?

While reading the paragraph, “So besides Tweedledee-Tweedledums and besides the Lesser Evils who really are different in policy from the Greater Evils, we increasingly are getting this third type of case: the Lesser Evils who, as executors of the system, find themselves acting at every important juncture exactly like the Greater Evils, and sometimes worse. They are the product of the increasing convergence of liberalism and conservatism under conditions of bureaucratic capitalism. There never was an era when the policy of the Lesser Evil made less sense than now,” a couple of recent examples immediately came to mind.

The first was Pres. Clinton’s signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Financial Modernization Act of 1999, the latter of which repealed sections of Glass-Steagall Act and arguably helped lead to the 2008 financial crisis. The second is Pres. Obama’s continuation of Clinton and Bush era policies such as extraordinary rendition and drone strike-assassinations, as well as his administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers (e.g., former CIA agent John Kiriakou) and his signing of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, allowing indefinite detention to be codified into law.

Which just goes to show that, “In setups where the choice is between one capitalist politician and another, the defeat comes in accepting the limitation to this choice.”


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