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Louis Proyect wrote

Louis Proyect wrote

On 1/6/17 3:10 PM, Ralph Johansen via Marxism wrote:

   One faction wants to provoke a crisis with Russia to provide a pretext
   for expanded military spending (e.g. Boeing and Lockheed Martin) while
   the other wants to integrate Russia into the global capitalist system
   more deeply to obtain its vast natural resources (e.g. ExxonMobil). This
   latter faction is also in alliance with the vulture capitalists (Mercer)
   and Wall Street investment banks (Goldman Sachs)



Okay, let me see if I understand this. Those ten thousand articles in Alternet, CommonDreams, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, ZNet, Salon, Truthdig and Truthout calling attention to the internecine ties between Goldman-Sachs and the Clinton campaign were wrong. In reality, Goldman-Sachs was part of a stealthy faction under the leadership of Breitbart.com that preferred Trump because he wanted to "integrate Russia into the global capitalist system".

I don't mind vulgar Marxism if there is at least a modicum of intelligence at work. This is pure drivel.
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That ain't quite the way I heard it, Lou.

David Martin leads off with, "The CIA is not a creature of the executive branch but of Wall Street and the corporatocracy, and, just like capital itself, it is rife with contradictions and conflicts."

Then he writes, "One faction wants to provoke a crisis with Russia to provide a pretext for expanded military spending (e.g. Boeing and Lockheed Martin) while the other wants to integrate Russia into the global capitalist system more deeply to obtain its vast natural resources (e.g. ExxonMobil). This latter faction is also in alliance with the vulture capitalists (Mercer) and Wall Street investment banks (Goldman Sachs) that profit from financial speculation and crises, but the volatility and the deflation from financial crises negatively affect the production planning and commodity realization for global commodity producers with a manufacturing base in China (e.g. Silicon Valley)."

I read the second part, the "also", as consistent with saying along with all the media you cite that Goldman Sachs, who "profit from financial speculation and crises,", Mercer (who combine management of "human capital' with mergers and acquisitions) and Wall Street, have their fingers in both pies and, whatever David Martin means, don't they? They may lean toward the likely power, in this election Hillary, but their advantage is that they always hedge their bets, and they manage to profit no matter which faction emerges.

And while Hillary, Schumer and all their Democrat friends are deep with Wall Street, "rife with contradictions and conflicts," Trump, who is all over the place hedging bets, has appointed a second-generation-in-the-family Goldman Sachs alumnus, Steve Mnuchin, as his Secretary of the Treasury, and as his chief counsel and strategist Stephen K. Bannon, also a Goldman Sachs alumnus; while his noise against Wall Street played well to his intended audience. And Trump, like the other players joined at the capitalist, imperialist and white-supremacist Deep State hip as Paul Street says, appears to be letting everyone know that he is now the guy in charge and they'd better get aboard before the train rolls.

That's how I understand it.


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