quinta-feira, 19 de agosto de 2004

Fahrenheit 911, Keith Preston

"(...)Michael Moore is a statist. He may not like particular individuals within the state at a particular time, like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld. He may not like particular actions of the state, like going to war with Iraq. But matters such as these are only peripheral issues when Michael Moore's entire world view is examined.

Ultimately, Moore shares the same fundamental set of presumptions as Bush, Cheney or Wolfowitz. The state is good. The state is an indispensable human institution. The state is a necessary means to a vital end. The state can be a source of human uplifting if only the right people are in control of it, if only it has enough resources at its disposal, if only the people grant it its proper reverence. Yet, these presumptions are fundamentally flawed.

As Franz Oppenheimer demonstrated, the state is founded upon conquest and plunder. Any other claims on behalf of the state are simple matters of evasion and obfuscation. Whether the state plunders Iraq on behalf of George W. Bush's warfare state or whether the state plunders the product of the labor of working people on behalf of Michael Moore's beloved welfare state, the basic truth taught by Randolph Bourne, that "war is the health of the state", remains a truism. (...)Michael Moore could use a good dose of Public Choice economics.

Moore's obvious political purpose in making this film is to un-elect Bush come November. But what can be expected from a Kerry administration? Kerry is a product of the same elitist fraternity as Bush, Yale's mysterious Skull and Bones society. At best, a Kerry regime would be a collection of recycled Clintonites, perhaps even including the Dragon Lady, Madaleine Albright, whose suggestion that subjecting hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children to horrible deaths from disease and malnutrition via sanctions and blockades was just wonderful so long as it kept Saddam toeing the line might even qualify her for a job working for Bush should Colin Powell decide to retire.

Obviously, it is the people and not the politicians who must put an end to the insanity going on in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and, perhaps soon enough, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and, what the hell, maybe even Columbia, North Korea or China. If "global democracy" or some other piety is the battle cry of our overlords, then our only rightful response can be: "Hell, no, we won't go, we won't fight for N.W.O.!!"

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