My understanding of the Socratic political view is the “playground metaphor.” That is, we are like kids on a playground run by bullies. For Blum, the U.S. is a bully on the world’s playground. It wants to be in the position of being able to take everyone’s lunch money.
Marx ‘s idea is that life for the kids is terrible. They are constantly being extorted by the bully. His idea is that in order for the kids to have a better life they have to work together against the bully. It’s only by ganging up on the bully that the kids can be free of their oppression.
The right wing idea is that everyone wants to be rich, to accomplish their goals, and to be in the position to formulate and pursue their own goals. They believe that concerted action organized by “Marxists” has to be a threat to these “freedoms. Hence, right wingers fight against any concerted action by the kids because it threatens everyone’s freedom to acquire.
U.S. leadership relies on right wing ideology to defends its activities from Marxist criticisms. But, it will also use the conflict between the right and the left to divide and weaken its critics. The elites are thereby in a position to take from the rest of the world, and from it’s domestic population, without having any effective opposition.
The Russian opinion would be,… it seems there’s some housecleaning going on…
Three Prominent Poroshenko Critics Killed in Kiev in Three Days
As the political situation in Ukraine destabilizes, the suspicious killings of prominent opposition supporters continue to transpire. A prominent Ukrainian journalist, known for his critical views of Poroshenko's government was shot dead in Kiev on Thursday, in the latest series of suspicious deaths of opposition supporters. Oles Buzina, 45, a supporter of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, was shot in the street. Buzina's body was found on the ground nearing his apartment building close to the city center. The head of Kiev’s police department Alexander Tereschuk said that a TT gun was allegedly used in the crime. According to the neighbors, the journalist was probably shot while jogging. He was found wearing a sports outfit. The 45- year-old was shot by two men in masks who disappeared from the crime scene in a Ford Focus car with either Latvian or Belarusian number plate. Buzina was a columnist and editor of the daily newspaper Segodnya financed by Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man and a leading sponsor of Yanukovych's Party of Regions. He was an opposition journalist, writer and TV host, well-known for his criticism of Poroshenko's goverment.
These are two stories, one reporting the predictions by NATO boss that Anti-Nazi forces in Donbas will attack Kiev forces after Easter, whereas the second reports that on April 9th Kiev forces started an attack along their entire dividing line.
More investigation needs to be done to establish which side was the aggressor, thus violating the agreed upon truce.
1. Ex-NATO commander: new rebel action imminent in Ukraine
The former top NATO military commander in Europe is predicting separatists in eastern Ukraine will launch another offensive after Orthodox Easter, 12 April.
“What’s happening now is preparations for a renewed offensive from the east,” retired General Wesley Clark told the Atlantic Council(video) this week after a trip to Ukraine in March.
“Every source we talked to cited the examples of it,” Clark said in a briefing at the think tank’s Washington offices. “Constant probing and harassment attacks along the line. Efforts by spetsnaz [Russian special forces] to penetrate Ukrainian positions and seize key terrain to the Ukrainian rear, like bridges and road intersections. These are blocked and resisted where they can be, but these are big spaces on this 400-kilometer [249-mile] front.”
Clark said his sources predicted some action between 12 April and V-E Day celebrations in Moscow on 9 May.
He said the most recent cease-fire “was roughly in place. Some artillery had been pulled back by the separatists and heavy weapons but some had been, according to sources, concealed in the forward positions.” Further, Clark said supplies and equipment continued to be brought across the border from Russia, which is “totally open.”
Clark said the another rebel attack would put pro-government forces at a steep disadvantage, as they would have to pull their weapons back to the front line. Even the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission tasked with monitoring the cease-fire is “compromised,” he added, citing sources who said more than half of its members belong to the Russian military.
Ukraine government must continue the war because it cannot exist without it. The war is delaying the inevitable socio-economic collapse of the country and allowing Kiev to pretend that there is national unity
Rostislav Ishchenko is a prominent Russian analyst.
What could you say about the recent statement by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the recent de-escalation of the conflict in Donbass? Is this really happening? Will Kiev fully comply with the Minsk agreements? We hear continuous reports that Ukraine is building up its military strength with Western help. Will you, please, comment on the EU and US roles in this respect.
Poroshenko is saying what he is supposed to say, but even he doesn’t seem to believe it. First, Ukraine does not conceal the fact that it will only accept one end to the Donbass problem – the surrender of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. However, to achieve this, Kiev must win militarily, which it obviously cannot do no matter how many people it drafts or how much equipment its army receives. It cannot win even with Western supplies, which aren’t expected in the near future anyway. To sum up, Kiev is unable to win but must continue the war because the Kiev regime cannot exist without it. The war is delaying the inevitable socio-economic collapse of the country and justifies the terrorist methods used to run it. This is the only thing allowing the regime to pretend that there is national unity and that the situation in the country is under control.
There can be no doubt that the United States has an interest in the war in Ukraine lasting as long as possible and being as bloody and destructive as possible, but Washington does not want to use its resources on propping up the Kiev regime that has no choice other than to prosecute the war. So, Kiev will be pushed to step up its military activities but won’t be helped (except with kind words).
As for the EU, it is irreparably divided. The United Kingdom, Poland, and the collective Baltic limitrophe take a pro-American, Russophobic position and are going all-out to escalate the confrontation with Russia. Italy, Greece, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and some other states are strong supporters of the EU conducting its own policy independent of Washington and pursuing European rather than US interests. France and Germany are hesitant, but recently they have been increasingly inclined to accept the need for normalizing relations with Russia. True, they are still trying to avoid a quarrel with America, but they will have to make a choice, and there is reason to believe they will choose Russia.