Friday, 8 February 2019

Sovereign Is He Who Decides On The Exception

A complete economic and social free-for-all is being spread throughout the world by a force of arms to which none of the traditional constraints applies. That New Order is also secured at home by means of limitlessly draconian measures against “terrorism,” “antisocial behaviour”, “Russian collusion”, “online abuse,” and so forth.

The Left is assumed to begin and end with Marxism, which is itself reduced to Antonio Gramsci and Max Shachtman, marginalising the great issues of economic inequality, class consciousness, international exploitation, and war. That New Left underwrites a liberalism that is reduced to Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Friedman.

And that neoliberalism is upheld by a conservatism that is reduced to Carl Schmitt, “the crown jurist of the Third Reich”, and to his friend and correspondent, Leo Strauss, who passed straight from Plato, Thucydides and Xenophon to Machiavelli and Nietzsche, bypassing Christianity altogether in order to create an elite that is morally obliged to lie to the rest of us.

Welcome to neoconservatism, which was begotten by neoliberalism, which was begotten by the New Left. Up to now, the litmus test has been Iraq. On those grounds, it was impossible to oppose that war. On any other grounds, it was impossible to support it.

But we are moving beyond even that. The war against Iraq merely presumed the right of the American Republic, itself redefined as the leader and archetype of the New Order, to remove at will the government of another sovereign state. In Venezuela, however, that leader and archetype now presumes the right to install any other government of its own devising.

In April 2003, Ahmed Chalabi or whoever, knowing that the support of George W. Bush would be forthcoming, did not simply proclaim himself the President of Iraq and demanded an international recognition that, beginning with the United States on a predictably bipartisan basis, was duly proffered, even to the point of military intervention.

Yet in January 2019, Juan Guaidó, knowing that the support of Donald Trump would be forthcoming, has simply proclaimed himself the President of Venezuela and demanded an international recognition that, beginning with the United States on a predictably bipartisan basis, has duly been proffered, even to the brink of military intervention.

Most Labour MPs have signed up to this, as have all Conservatives, and as have the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Nationalists, and the Democratic Unionists. Another hung Parliament is coming, however, and we need our people to hold the balance of power in it.

It has become a local commonplace that I am on 30-30-30 with Labour and the Conservatives here at North West Durham, so that any one of us could be the First Past the Post. I will stand for this seat, if I can raise the £10,000 necessary to mount a serious campaign. Please email Very many thanks.

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