Summary: You have read criticism of both Trump and Clinton here, showing aspects of both that the media have undercovered in their excitement with soundbites and other trivia. For the last round I turn the page over to Maximilian Forte, who has assembled a video festival about Hillary Clinton. Don’t have any illusions about what is coming. Whoever you vote for and whoever wins, America loses on November 8. Let’s start on November 9 to give America better choices in 2020. It will not be easy.
By Maximilian C. Forte from Zero Anthropology, 6 November 2016.
Reposted with his generous permission. The best is at the end.
This is an idiosyncratic selection of what I consider to be some of the most important reports and documentaries released during the 2016 US presidential election campaign, with direct reference to some of the maximum stakes and vested interests behind the maintenance of the current “global (dis)order”. Collectively they address the groundwork of the globalist regime: the construction of the status quo of encrusted elitism of corporate and financial interests, their lobbies, and how the ruling oligarchies have rigged the political and economic system to their benefit.
While the ruling elites and their dispensable, desperate followers among the middle class, shriek at the “coming disorder” portended by nationalist movements in Europe and the USA, I instead tend to side with Benedict Anderson who in 1992 wrote in an article in the New Left Review, titled “The New World Disorder”.
“Behind the language of ‘fragmentation’ lies a Panglossian conservatism that likes to imagine that every status quo is nicely normal”.
The current neoliberal state of affairs is far from “orderly,” if stability is what people want to defend instead of justice. In that spirit, the final video in the list below (the seventh) is neither a report nor a documentary, but an extended campaign advertisement that speaks to the issues shown in the videos above it -– it is the “closing argument”.
(1) Clinton Cash: the documentary
(2) The Empire Files:
Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents
(3) The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes John Podesta
(4) Rigging the Election: Video I
Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies
(5) Rigging the Election – Video II: Mass Voter Fraud
(6) Rigging the Election – Video III:
Robert Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Was Personally Involved
Lastly: Donald Trump’s Closing Argument
Addendum: Even better information about Clinton
For those who prefer their information in text (as I do), see the bombshells in this article by Professor Forte: “101 Things We Learned from WikiLeaks’ Podesta Emails“. Mind-blowing. My respect for the power (not integrity) of America’s press skyrocketed when reading this. How did they manage to keep this secret? Trump gets credit for an assist, for incompetently using these revelation. As does the GOP leadership, perhaps preferring that their fellow elites remain unscarred — least the public lose confidence in the rigged game of US politics.
About the author
Maximilian C. Forte is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa (2012) and Emergency as Security (New Imperialism) (2013). See his publications here; read his bio here.
Anthropology after empire is one built in part by an anthropology that is against empire, and it need not continue, defensively, as a discipline laden with all of the orthodoxies from which it suffers today. Indeed, the position taken here is that there can be no real critical anthropology that is not simultaneously critical of (a) the institutionalization and professionalization of this field, and (b) imperialism itself.
Anthropology, as we approach it, is a non-disciplinary way of speaking about the human condition that looks critically at dominant discourses, with a keen emphasis on meanings and relationships, producing a non-state, non-market, non-archival knowledge.
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