The World Is Fooled About Sovereignty, But Progressives Shouldn’t Be

Source: If The World Understood Sovereignty, It Could End All Our Problems – Caitlin Johnstone

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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My own Australia has of course joined the chorus of US lackeys who are refusing to recognize Venezuela’s only legitimate and elected government, recognizing instead the presidency of some guy named Juan who decided to name himself Venezuela’s president with the blessing of the United States government. A statement from our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne, reads as follows:

“Australia recognises and supports the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, in assuming the position of interim president, in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution and until elections are held. Australia calls for a transition to democracy in Venezuela as soon as possible.

Australia supported the Lima Group’s early call for Nicolas Maduro to refrain from assuming the presidency on 10 January, relayed through our non-resident Ambassador to Venezuela.

We now urge all parties to work constructively towards a peaceful resolution of the situation, including a return to democracy, respect for the rule of law and upholding of human rights of the Venezuelan people.

It was only a matter of time before such a statement was issued. Australia has long served as Washington’s basement gimp, marching to the beat of US foreign policy on all issues no matter how idiotic or dangerous for as far back as I can remember. My country has seamlessly transitioned from British colony to US military/intelligence asset without ever once raising its head toward anything resembling national sovereignty except once briefly in the mid-seventies, which saw a CIA/MI6 coup oust our elected leadership here. This coup was preceded by our then-Prime Minister’s discovery that Australian intelligence officers had been operating as proxies of the CIA to overthrow the Allende government in Chile in yet another sovereignty-violating coup, one which has often been compared to what we’re seeing in Venezuela today.
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Caitlin’s website, like so many, is awful function-wise but great content-wise. Commenters can’t edit comments, nor can they make paragraphs. The improper quotation marks in the above quote, by the way, are in Caitlin’s blog post. My typo-corrected, and paragraphed, online response to the above linked-to article follows:

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“Imagine a world wherein sovereignty was truly understood and honored. What would change?” Imagine a world wherein sovereignty and democracy were truly honored…

We have arrived (supposing that we left) at a point where the idea of nation States is one that everyone – evildoer and regular citizen – supports. One thing that I’m sure of is this: Those who manage States (on behalf of powerful, capitalist special interests) like the idea of the nation State because it’s something that fools people into thinking that elites think they matter. It fools people, who imagine that they have political representation, into thinking that they have democracy. And who looks for something that they haven’t lost? In fact, The people everywhere (with a few exceptions, like Venezuela) have lost democracy. (The world’s foremost democracy is persecuting, viciously, the world’s most famous journalist and whistleblower for his role in telling people what their governments are doing in their name and with their tax dollars! Noam Chomsky wrote a book titled “Deterring Democracy” – about the United States!) The reality is more like John Perkins’s (a faker, but nevertheless he got this right) Corporatocracy, which is why I sigh every time someone (in a discussion thread on some website I’m visiting) warns about a one world government. Corporatocracy ‘is’ world government.

I like the idea of sovereign States, the way that Gandhi (another faker, but set that aside), who responded to someone’s discussion of Western civilization (probably apocryphal) said ‘What a good idea. Let’s have it.’ I like the idea because I believe (with qualification) in democracy. I believe regular people should have a say in matters affecting them. Therefore, people need political representation so that their voices get listened to and heard. Do we actually have that? Direct observation and experience, by regular people who are awake, easily suggests that we don’t. As well, We now have scientific evidence, from researchers like Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page that shows that in politics, elites – whose wants and needs (twisted I would argue) – win.
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Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page on John Stewart’s The Daily Show and former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam

related: “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens”

related: “The forgotten coup – how America and Britain crushed the government of their ‘ally’, Australia” by John Pilger

related: “Counter-Intelligence: part 1 – The Company” an excerpt from Metanoia Films

related: ““What Do You Think of Western Civilization?” “I Think It Would Be a Good Idea” Mohandas Gandhi? Apocryphal?” by Garson O’Toole

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