Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Project for the New American Century

1) What's the relationship of the Project for the New American Century to the School of the Americas? Is it even possible to spread democracy at gunpoint, is that what the Bush Administration is up to, or are they (as they say) working only to prevent the rise of a rival? See http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm

The post-nation-state future appears to be shaping up as a regional system, in which natural resources from South America and Africa are processed by intellectual and manual labor from China, India, Pakistan and Central America and global military contracting and consumption are the domain of North America and Western Europe. The relative comfort level enjoyed by Americans – beds, food, hot showers, clean water, cars - begs the question: How is military dominance going to bring those things to the poorest of the poor, when we need them to stay poor to keep the cheap labor flowing? And how do we flip the equation, so that we no longer see the purpose of people as minimizing the cost of doing business, but rather the purpose of business as meeting the needs of people? The inversion can be traced to Ancient Greece: the debasement of everyday, life-sustaining labor and the elevation of long-lasting product- based intellectual and artistic work. See: http://www.iep.utm.edu/a/arendt.htm#The%20Human%20Condition


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