Philip Zimbardo, The Psychology of Evil, 2008
The rhetoric of liberal democracy as promoting individualism, inalienable rights, tolerance, community, and peace is a rationalization (a smoke screen) for promoting capitalist interests.
John Mearsheimer assumes that countries like the United States operate on the basis of ideologies. On the contrary, countries like the United States reflect the interests of a President and his friends. Ideology is a propaganda rationalization or smoke screen for economic reasons.
Bush’s invasion of Iraq was for control of oil and for a depletion of United States’ surplus of armaments; not for liberal democracy. And Trump’s saber rattling over Venezuela and Iran has nothing to do with promoting liberal democracy. It may be just a strategy for securing his reelection. I find it odd that Mearsheimer ignores the deeds of single leaders with their private interests.
Tucker Carlson: Arrest of Assange for what?
Noam Chomsky on Venezuela:
Abby Martin reports on the situation regarding Venezuela.
Allan Nairn gives his analysis on Democracy Now.
I want to remind viewers that under Putin, in 2014 Russia invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, and is still occupying the Donbass region.
In 2008 Russia invaded Georgia, occupying Abkhazia and South Ossetia.In 1994 and in 1999 Russia invaded Chechnya.
In 1992 Russia’s army supported the breakaway war of Transnistria from Moldova.
Stephen Kinzer, wrote the book Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq (2006), which documents the history of US interventions in foreign governments. What is going in the relation between the US and Venezuela is exactly an attempt to overthrow the President of Venezuela.
Below is a video of an interview of Stephen Kinzer by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.
Here are some other interviews with Kinzer.