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War on Belgrade and State Capitalism

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on April 15, 1999 at 17:18:22:

Isn't the war against Yugoslavia just an example of US state capitalism at work? After all, the people sending the bombs out there have ahold of 48 cents of every dollar I sent the IRS last year, so they're doing pretty brisk business, and they have to try out the hardware they built (especially those B-1 Bombers at $1 billion apiece) so that they know they're building a quality product... Is there really that much of a difference between bombing civilians and feeding them "gut bombs" at McDonalds?

Under monopoly all mass culture is identical, and the lines of its artificial framework begin to show through. The people at the top are no longer so interested in concealing monopoly: as its violence becomes more open, so its power grows.

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, from the Dialectic of Enlightenment, p. 121

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