Book Review: The New Imperialism By William Bowles

17 March 2004 — williambowles.info

Book Review: The New Imperialism By William Bowles

“Military interventions are the tip of the imperialist iceberg”

“Almost certainly those European governments, such as Spain and Italy, that have supported the US against the clear wishes of their peoples will fall”
David Harvey, “The New Imperialism

“It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup…We are to continue to generate maximum pressures toward this end utilizing every appropriate resource. It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that United States Government and American hand be well hidden.”
CIA cable to the US State Department cited in “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire” by Chalmers Johnson

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Now here’s a thought… By William Bowles

21 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Now here’s a thought… By William Bowles

The UK is de-industrialising at a rapid rate, yet the bulk of its exports are manufactured goods. As it’s cheaper to export manufacturing to ‘developing’ countries, UK factories are closing down, and newer, more efficient and cheaper plants are being built abroad.

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Life’s a Roundup By William Bowles

16 October 2003 — williambowles.info

Life’s a Roundup By William Bowles

I’m not a particular fan of Armageddon for obvious reasons, well obvious to me anyway. I’m pretty much an optimist believing in R Buckminster Fuller’s dictum that as long as we’re around as a species, then we must be considered a success as a species. However…

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What Global Economy? By William Bowles

15 September 2003 — williambowles.info

The collapse of the WTO meeting in Cancun has, by and large, been met with a deafening silence in the British media. My ‘paper of ‘choice’, the Independent, chose not to mention Cancun at all in its Monday edition! Yet given the parlous state of the capitalist world’s economy and how much is at stake, one would have thought that the failure of the talks would warrant a frontpage story. Dream on.

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Buddy can you spare $87 billion? By William Bowles

10 September 2003 — williambowles.info

“…I hypothesize that President Bush intends to topple Saddam in 2003 in a pre-emptive attempt to initiate massive Iraqi oil production in far excess of OPEC quotas, to reduce global oil prices, and thereby dismantle OPEC’s price controls. The end-goal of the neo-conservatives is incredibly bold yet simple in purpose, to use the `war on terror’ as the premise to finally dissolve OPEC’s decision-making process, thus ultimately preventing the cartel’s inevitable switch to pricing oil in euros. Continue reading this...

Accumulation of Capital(s) By William Bowles

25 August 2003 — williambowles.info

(This is intended as the first of a series I have long planned on writing, indeed I’ve been exploring the ideas I lay out below since the early 1980s, after I got my first computer, a Commodore 64.)

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Duck and Drakes By William Bowles

16 August 2003 — williambowles.info

“The American empire passes the duck test: it not only looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it also quacks like a duck.” — The Economist (14/08/03)

If you want to know what the ruling class (at least in the UK) really thinks, you have to go to the horse’s mouth or, in this case, the duck’s beak, the Economist, to get the inside dope.

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Under siege? By William Bowles

31 July 2003 — williambowles.info

Look, I know that the revolution is not around the corner, but it is true to say that the ‘New Imperium,’ barely a dozen years old, is already under siege, and experiencing a serious crisis in credibility and its subsequent ability to carry out its mission of re-colonising the planet.

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From Burgers to Baghdad By William Bowles

3 July 2003 — williambowles.info

For over fifty years , the West has carried on a campaign that pushes the idea that the superiority of the ‘Western way of life’ based upon unlimited ‘choice’ and the ‘free market’ as opposed to the drab and conformist communist world, is the best of all possible worlds. They sold us the idea, that an ocean of ‘choice’ in clothes, cars, food, consumables and so on, was the only definition of ‘freedom’ worth pursuing. Moreover, we ‘freely’ made the choice to live in a world of unlimited consumption (and of course, production).

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Book Review: Consenting Adults? By William Bowles

18 June 2003 — williambowles.info

This month saw the publication of George Monbiot’s book ‘The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order,’ and it’s a ‘call to arms’ or at least a call to consenting arms, as it sees itself as being in opposition to what Monbiot calls the ‘Age of Coercion’.

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Scary Times By William Bowles

24 May 2003 — williambowles.info

When Big Capital gets worried you know things are looking bad. An economist Stephen Roach, writing for Morgan-Stanley, one of the world’s leading investment banks says; Continue reading this...

War Inc. – A $300 Billion Dollar Business By William Bowles

18 May 2003 — williambowles.info

‘Mercenaries are outlawed under Article 47 of the Geneva Convention. In December 1994 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 49/1150 urging all nations ‘to take the necessary steps and to exercise the utmost vigilance against the menace posed by the activities of mercenaries’. The UN International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries has been signed or ratified by twenty-one countries.’
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/sheppard.htm

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