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What is happening over there is a disgrace to the human race and should be stopped.

Posted by: otto ( retired, usa ) on April 16, 1999 at 11:44:26:

In Reply to: War on Belgrade and State Capitalism posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder 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

1. War in the Balkans does not compare with monopoly unless you mean that ethnic cleanser in Belgrade.

2. Mcdonald's does not run a monopoly as long as I can go elsewhere for a different hamburger etc.

3. I agree with your description of "gut bombs."

4. What is happening over there is a disgrace to the human race and should be stopped. don't you agree? Next question: Who started it (seems obvious) and how do we settle it before millions and I do mean millions, die?

5. I would rather there be a McDonald's on every corner in Belgrade selling bomb burgers that the poor could afford than see one child cry because of a dictator.

kindest regards

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